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Robert Michael Keller

June 22, 1951 ~ March 13, 2019 (age 67)

Robert (Robb) Michael Keller passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at home in Champaign, IL.

Memorial Service will be held locally at 4PM on 3/22/2019 at the Vineyard Church Urbana, and on 4/13/2019 from 10AM-12PM at Humenik Funeral Chapel in Brook Park, OH and followed by a private service in Canandaigua, NY. 

Mr. Keller was born in June 22, 1951, the son of Leo and Jan Keller of Cleveland, OH.  His wife, Karen Excell Terry Keller survives him.  Their devotion to each other and their Creator was the center of their nearly 13 years together. 

Robb is also survived by his son Scott (Cassie) Keller, grandchildren Emily and Colin, OH; step daughter Roni Terry (Brian Schanck), AZ.  Also surviving are his four brothers, James (Judy) Keller, CA; his twin Richard (Tammi) Keller, CA; Michael (Wynne Weingarden), MA; Kevin (Ellen) Keller, MA; one sister, Jackie DeFauw, IN and his best friend Dave DeFauw (Catherine), IN; Also surviving their Uncle Robb are eight nieces and nephews who were very dear to him, James (Marley) Keller, WY; Jennifer (Nate) Jensen, Africa; Nicole Keller, CT; Natalie Keller, WA; Rich Keller, GA; Will Keller, MA; Sarah Keller, MA; and David (Meagan) DeFauw, LA.

He was so deeply loved and respected by his family and friends.  He will be missed every day, forever. 

Mr. Keller was preceded in death by his parents and his nephew Jason DeFauw.

Raised in Cleveland, OH, his father transferred the family to Canandaigua, NY where Robb attended 8th – 12th grades graduating with the Class of 1969.  Moving back to Cleveland, he attended Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University.  Robb opened a dinner theater in Toledo, OH and later opened his own restaurant in Lakeside, OH called Robb’s Place. 

At age 42, Robb obtained two degrees simultaneously as Surgical Assistant and Physician’s Assistant.  He worked at the Cleveland Clinic before moving to Champaign, IL in 2000.  Working as a PA and SA at Carle and Mercy (aka Provena and Presence) Hospitals then Decatur Memorial and Heartland in Marion, IL before his health took him away from his most loved profession. 

His interest included working on rebuilding and driving his 1956 MGA, golf, cruising the Caribbean, traveling with Karen, gardening, cooking and eating BBQ, music, his puppers Scooter, Layla & Mr. Cooper and sharing life lessons and laughter with this grandchildren Emily and Colin. 

Robb had great respect for his medical family he worked with, his small group family and his Vineyard Church family.  We would like to acknowledge the great staff at OSF Urbana ER, CCU and 3rd floor Cardiology, his wonderful Christy Clinic doctors and nurses, staff at Barnes St. Louis, MO and his OSF hospice team for their compassion. 

Never a more positive person has walked this earth.  His love for life was infectious.  Always a smile and a laugh, even when his health was failing and in earlier years when his son and brothers were beating him at a rousing game of golf at their Keller Klassic Tournaments.  It’s all about making memories to be told as stories for years to come. 

By God’s grace, we meet again, my love.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may kindly be made to Champaign County Humane Society 1911 E Main St, Urbana, IL 61802

Please join Robb’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.     

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