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“I didn't know Dick by name (only recently finding out through a neighbor) but he would walk by our house daily for as long as I can remember. Always...Read More »
1 of 52 | Posted by: Tami Slager - Frankfort, IL

“My heart dropped when I heard of the passing of Dick Keller. I was hired at Thornridge High School by him in 1997. He was, without a doubt, the...Read More »
2 of 52 | Posted by: Amy Zickuhr - Chicago, IL

“A mentor for me in high school. What a great person and educator. ”
3 of 52 | Posted by: Mike Walker - Wilmington, NC

“I'm sure I was one of the many shocked and saddened by Dick's sudden passing. My condolences to his wife, children, family and friends.Dick was one...Read More »
4 of 52 | Posted by: Lee Talley - Tinley Park, IL

“I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Keller was my principal at TR and a wonderful person. God bless him and your family. ”
5 of 52 | Posted by: Yvonne Nesbitt - Teacher

“I was a student at Thornridge 72-76 and Mr Keller was my teacher but the most memorable moment was when he set me up with a date to the girl's club...Read More »
6 of 52 | Posted by: Laura Castellano (nee Voss) - DE

“Sara and I send our deepest sympathy to the family of Dick Keller. His wit, charm, genuineness, and intellect will be missed. I was so proud of his...Read More »
7 of 52 | Posted by: Timothy Sweeney - Hammond, IN

“Aloha Keller - you will truly be missed - Mahalo for being the wonderful person you were. ”
8 of 52 | Posted by: Nancy Ahlstedt

“My wife and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to the Keller Family. I have known Dick for several years and enjoyed playing racquetball with him...Read More »
9 of 52 | Posted by: John Jakala - Tinley Park, IL

“While I was never a student in his class, he was always very genuine and just a really cool guy.My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to his...Read More »
10 of 52 | Posted by: Sean Boswell - Calumet City, IL

“God Bless you Richard "Dick" Keller! ”
11 of 52 | Posted by: Steve juveland - Frankfort, IL

“Sorry to lose a great teacher. Mr Keller will be missed. ”
12 of 52 | Posted by: Mark Cracco - South Bend, IN

“He was by far my favorite teacher!!! Always had a smile on his face and really respected the kids he taught, which in turn we showed him our respect...Read More »
13 of 52 | Posted by: Jill Martin (Jankus) - Frankfort, IL

“I am very proud to have known Mr. Keller. This man was an amazing teacher. I was lucky enough to work for the school later on in the theater...Read More »
14 of 52 | Posted by: DJ HALICKY - SOUTH HOLLAND, IL

“Mr. Keller was a kind and gracious man who shared his desire for every student to succeed equally. My condolences to the family. We are praying for...Read More »
15 of 52 | Posted by: Guy Vreeman - Carmel - Student

“My sincere condolences to the Keller family. Mr. Keller was my History teacher. He was an excellent educator and a real connection to his students. I...Read More »
16 of 52 | Posted by: Barb (Norris) Coates - La Grange, IL

“Mr. Keller was a great principal. My condolences to his family and friends. ”
17 of 52 | Posted by: Nia Andrews - Crete, IL - Student

“Condolences to the entire family on your loss. Dick was a very special man. ”
18 of 52 | Posted by: Dave & Connie Trevarthan - IL

“I am so sorry to hear that Mr Keller has passed away. Please accept my condolences. He was my History teacher at Thornridge HS. He was funny and...Read More »
19 of 52 | Posted by: Lori Wroblewski - Bolingbrook, IL

“So sorry I was friends with Dick during my thorn ridge days but we lost touch when he moved to hawaii ”
20 of 52 | Posted by: Eileen Orgo - Glen ellyn, IL

“My children all went to TR and have good memories of time spent with Mr. Keller. I was a secretary at TT and also have fond memories. He was a...Read More »
21 of 52 | Posted by: Pat Thompson - Frankfort, IL

“Dick was one of the members of our racquetball group for many years. I am sorry I cannot be with you for his services as I am on vacation with a...Read More »
22 of 52 | Posted by: Rev. Kenneth Fleck - Tinley Park, IL

“Class of "78" I enjoyed his class very much. Became one of his student assistant during my study hall. Many found memories. ”
23 of 52 | Posted by: Jill Isaacson - Tampa, FL

“A great teacher who inspired many. May you Rest In Peace now ”
24 of 52 | Posted by: Jill Isaacson

“I was so sad to hear of Mr. Keller's passing. My sincere sympathies to his family. As others have mentioned, Mr. Keller always had a smile, and it...Read More »
25 of 52 | Posted by: Joanne Collins - Acquaintance

“Sorry to hear the news. R I P, DickBlessings to all the family. ”
26 of 52 | Posted by: Beth Calhoon - Minneapolis, MN

“Our entire office would like to send our condolences to the Keller family. Richard was a wonderful person and always a pleasure to be around. Our...Read More »
27 of 52 | Posted by: Dominik Dubravec - Frankfort, IL

“Rest in peace Mr Keller, Enjoyed having you as my teacher at Thornridge. Class of 87 ”
28 of 52 | Posted by: Tony Tedeschi - Manteno, IL

“My prayers goes out to Dick Keller's famly. He was a wonderful principal at Thornridge High School. I worked under him as a secretary. He always...Read More »
29 of 52 | Posted by: MARLA STEELE-GRICE - Matteson, IL

“Please accept my sincere sympathy. I had many teachers at Thornridge, but Mr. Keller was one that I never did forget. He really enjoyed his...Read More »
30 of 52 | Posted by: Beth Voll Oppenheim - St. Louis, MO

“We will miss seeing Dick do his daily 3 pm walk rain or shine. He and Susan were always the first to donate to any cause for a neighbor when a...Read More »
31 of 52 | Posted by: Bill & Mimi Shireman - Frankfort

“My condolences to Dick's family. He was an absolutely great friend, fellow teacher and then assistant principal and principal at Thornridge H. S. I...Read More »
32 of 52 | Posted by: Edythe Strater - Lake Worth, FL

“Great teacher!! He mad History fun!! He will be missed!!! ”
33 of 52 | Posted by: Sharon (Blaszczyk) Cecil - AR

“My condolences to Mr. Keller's family. He was my history teacher in 1975-1976 at Thornridge H.S. My fondest memory is a line he said to me & my...Read More »
34 of 52 | Posted by: Louise Kuzminski - Highland, IN

“My favorite memory is a line he said to me & my friend coming in late to history class at Thornridge HS. " Do you think your cool - Do you think your...Read More »
35 of 52 | Posted by: Louise Mathews - Highland

“My condolences to the family. Mr. Keller was a wonderful man. I don't believe I ever seen him wothout a smile. He will be missed. ”
36 of 52 | Posted by: Christine Comiskey - Romeoville, IL

“Mr. Keller was loved by many of his students (and TRHS alumni).He will be missed. Prayers for strength and comfort to his family. ”
37 of 52 | Posted by: Alena Knezevic - Crown Point, IN

“I am so sorry to hear of the Passing of Dick Keller. As a former counselor at Thornton High School I had the great pleasure of working with Mr....Read More »
38 of 52 | Posted by: Ellene Beard - south holland, IL

“I am so sorry for your loss. I went to Thornridge HS from 1983-1987 and played varsity softball, was on the gymnastics team and joined Varsity Club...Read More »
39 of 52 | Posted by: Cathleen Ciecierski - Gainesville, GA

“RIP Mr Kellar..great teacher! ”
40 of 52 | Posted by: Lisa Hernandez - Dilton, IL

“RIP Mr Kellar ”
41 of 52 | Posted by: Lisa Hernandez - Dilton, IL

“Mr Keller was a great teacher, he was always involved in TR and well respected by many of us students. Sorry to hear of his passing, prayers to all...Read More »
42 of 52 | Posted by: Renee' Shirley (Plebanski) - AZ

“I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to the entire family. Mr. Keller was an awesome teacher. I went to Thornridge (class of '82). With...Read More »
43 of 52 | Posted by: Rita Reyes (Schramm) - IN

“I enjoyed having Mr. Keller as a teacher at Thornridge. I'm sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.Bonnie Pignatiello Leer (Class of...Read More »
44 of 52 | Posted by: Bonnie Pignatiello Leer - Manteno, IL

“Was my favorite teacher... Really went the extra mile .. ”
45 of 52 | Posted by: Deb Barber - Wilmington, DE

“I remember Mr. Keller fondly from my time at Thornridge. My deepest condolences on your loss. Class of '89 ”
46 of 52 | Posted by: Beth Farnesi-Olson - Phoenix, AZ

“Dick was a terrific administrator. He let us do our jobs. Dick was also a great guy who was easy to work for, friendly, and professional.My...Read More »
47 of 52 | Posted by: Barbara Gaynor - Chicago, IL

“my heartfelt condolences to the family..touched with sadness but grateful for the many many lives he touched and helped tremendously over the years.....Read More »
48 of 52 | Posted by: Alicia Smith - Kenosha, WI

“Such great memories of this great teacher. Some teachers are just instructors. Others like Mr. Keller impact your life. Thank you for your service. ”
49 of 52 | Posted by: David Sliepka - Plano, TX

“Fond memories of our dear friend Dick. Dick was best man at Cindy and Tony 's wedding and attended John and Cindy 's wedding, always maintaining an...Read More »
50 of 52 | Posted by: Cindy and John McKinnon - Shelby, MI

“Mr. Keller was such a wonderful man to work for. He was a consummate professional, great leader, and charismatic colleague. He hired me as a new...Read More »
51 of 52 | Posted by: Kimberly Nylen - Dolton, IL

“Please accept my sincere sympathy. The Dick Keller I knew was fun loving, but knew when it was time to get serious. He loved Thornridge. It was a...Read More »
52 of 52 | Posted by: Jim Clark - Chicago, IL - Friend


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Richard A. Keller
70, of Frankfort, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at Silver Cross Hospital. Richard was born in LaGrange, IL to the late Edward and Marion (nee Fluke) Keller. Beloved husband of Susan (nee Gouwens); loving father of Suzanne (Tony) Kost, Amanda (Chad) Ross, Kristi (Tony) DiGanci, and Wendy (John) Lindemulder; cherished Papa of Andrew and Mady Ross, Benjamin DiGanci, Paige, Kaitlin, Nathan and Morgan Lindemulder; dear brother of Karen (late Dan) Kilcoyne and the late Ed Keller; special uncle of Dan and Joey Kilcoyne. Richard was a U.S. Army Veteran. He was retired from Thornridge High School in Dolton, where he started as a History teacher, was Athletic Director, Vice Principal and eventually Principal. The family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel 65 Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort, IL 60423 on Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 2pm – 7pm. On Friday, January 13, 2017 everyone will meet at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church 2640 Park Drive, Flossmoor, IL 60422 for an 11:00am Funeral Service. Interment Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Frankfort. www.kurtzmemorialchapel or 815-806-2225 for info.