Paul "Ed" Edward Keller

July 21st, 1931March 19th, 2021

Ed Keller passed away due to ongoing health issues on Friday evening, March 19, 2021. His wife and daughter were present as he quietly drifted away in his sleep. Ed had been under the care of hospice since March 12, 2021 and was able to stay in his own home at Golden West Independent Living Community in Boulder, CO.

Ed was born on July 21, 1931 in Topeka, KS. He was the son of Edward W. Keller and Dolly Esther (Jones) Keller, and was the youngest of their four children.

The family moved from Topeka to Boulder, CO when Ed was three years old. The family continued to live in various residences throughout the Boulder area. Ed attended Whittier Elementary in his early years, moved onto Casey Jr. High, and then graduated from Boulder High School. His growing up years were filled with adventures and shenanigans shared with his two brothers and a pack of his closest school buddies.

After graduation, Ed held a variety of jobs in the local area until he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951. He served his country from 1951-1955 as his military career took him overseas to serve most of his time in Germany as a Communications and Teletype Specialist. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Private 3rd Class.

Ed met his forever love, Gloria Ann Kilgore, whom he affectionately renamed "Glo", in late June 1954 and the two embarked on a whirlwind courtship over a 3 month duration, culminating in a total of 13 dates. Ed proposed to Gloria on their fourth date atop Lookout Mountain in Boulder where, in true Ed Keller fashion, he asked her, "Do you think you could spend the rest of your life with a bum like me?". Without hesitation Gloria said yes. He returned to the military base in Wichita, KS where he was stationed and upon his return to Boulder on July 4th, he purchased Gloria's wedding rings. They were married on what they referred to as their 13th date in a quiet ceremony in a local Boulder church.

After Ed's military service he became a Baker's Apprentice for three years under the G.I. Bill at the University of Colorado, Boulder. As Ed and Gloria built their lives together, they welcomed the births of two sons; Mark Kevin in 1956 and Randy Jay in 1959. Both boys very tragically passed away as toddlers in separate years. In 1962 the couple welcomed their only daughter, Kristie Janell.

Ed eventually made his way to the Boulder Valley School District where he worked for many years as a Head Custodian at Broomfield Jr. High and Nevin Platt Jr. High before rounding out his career as a Maintenance Worker in charge of the care and repair of the local high school football fields and their sprinkler systems, primarily at his alma mater Boulder High. Ed retired from BVSD after 30 years in December of 1986. He continued to work part-time to keep himself busy as a delivery driver for Western Pipe Tool and Supply of Boulder.

In Ed's retirement years he enjoyed many good times traveling the country with Gloria at his side. Over the years his interests included camping, fishing, and traveling. He enjoyed being outdoors doing yard work and various projects, he was a tinkerer and a builder, but his most favorite thing was to tell a good story and spend time with his family and friends. It has always been said by his wife Glora, "Ed Keller never knew a stranger". He liked to kid around and was endeared by everyone who met him. He was a loyal and hard working man who tirelessly provided for his family. Ed will be truly missed by so many.

Ed is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gloria "Glo" Ann Keller, his daughter Kristie (Lawrence) Runn of Denver, his grandsons Robert (Katherine) Runn of DuPont, WA and Andrew (Rebecca) Runn of Clarksville, TN, five great grandchildren; Harper, Madelyn, Lawrence, Abbigail, and Maci, his brother-in-law Ed (Doris) Kilgore of Aurora, his niece Michelle (Brent) Howard of Overland Park, KS, nephew Darren Kilgore of Aurora, grand-nephew and grand-niece Nathan and Emily Howard of Overland Park, KS, and three nephews, Larry, Gary, and Rick Delier.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Edward W. and Dolly Esther Keller, brothers Fred T. and Frank T. Keller, sister Berniece Delier, niece Debra Delier, and two sons Mark Kevin and Randy Jay Keller.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to make a donation of your choice to a charity of your choosing.

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