James R. Keller

Written by John Kuhens on August 24, 2015

James R. Keller, 57, of Bloomfield died at 2:52 A.M. Saturday August 22, 2015 at Davis County Hospital, Bloomfield after a long battle with cancer.  He was born May 17, 1958 in Keosauqua to Robert A. and Ruth Stegelman Keller and had married Bonnie Bertram and Becky Barker.  Both marriages ended in divorce.  He later married his present wife, the former Rita Picken.

Jim graduated from Van Buren High School in 1976, was a heavy equipment operator for Cressford Construction Co., Donnellson, worked as a telemarketer for the Iowa Policeman’s Assn. in Des Moines and most recently managed the garden center at Shopko in Bloomfield.  He was a member of Keosauqua Christian Church.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Dylan Keller (Emily) of Bloomfield and Elijah Keller (Brittany) of Fairfield, a daughter Alyssa Reed (Chris) of New London, two step-daughters, 11 grandchildren, two brothers, John Keller (Rhonda) of Keosauqua and Charles Keller (Tina) of Cedar Rapids and a sister, Lori Kesssel (Steve) of Fairfield,  His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday August 26, 2015 at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua with Lee McIntosh officiating.  Visitation with family present will be 9:30 – 10:30 A.M. Wednesday prior to the service.  Burial will be in Fellows Cemetery, Keosauqua.  Memorials to the family to assist with final expenses may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the family at 16979 Umber Avenue, Bloomfield, IA 52537.