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R.L. "Bo" Keller, 88, passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. He was born outside of Dallas on Christmas Day in Wilmer, Texas to Frank P. and Lena B. Keller. Following his graduation from high school in 1943 at the age of 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard for the duration of World War II. He walked the streets of occupied Tokyo after the surrender and observed the city's destruction and the devastation of its residents. Upon returning he married Helen Elizabeth Cavin of Hutchins, Texas. He attended Southern Methodist University and graduated three years later with a BBA in Professional Accounting. He always would comment "We did it together" as he would reminisce about how he and Helen had worked a variety of jobs to get through his college years. He joined Magnolia Petroleum Company upon graduation and then shortly afterwards received an appointment as an Internal Revenue Agent. He moved to Corpus Christi where he continued his career with the IRS. He traveled often to several surrounding towns including Victoria. He was notified he had passed the CPA exam and had an opportunity to join the Victoria firm of Slavik & Williams, CPAs in 1955. A year later he became a partner in the firm and the name was changed to Williams, Keller & Company, CPAs. In 1968, he left Williams, Keller & Harrison, CPAs and began his own public accounting firm in Victoria. He managed a practice that grew over the years to serve many families and clients throughout the area. He retired from his practice in 1993, but continued to come into the office for many years as mentor, advisor and trustee. Keller had a long relationship with First Victoria National Bank. He first examined the Bank's income tax return in the early 50's, then became the Bank's independent accountant in the late 50's, and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1972. He retired from the Board in 1998. Bo and Helen started their cattle business in 1966 on their ranch, the Lazy K, where he and Helen raised commercial and registered Red Brangus cattle. Over the years he served as Treasurer, President Elect, and President of the American Red Brangus Association. He was active in the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of CPA's, The Victoria Chapter of TSPCA, the Suburban Kiwanis, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, First English Lutheran Church and many non-profits over the years. Bo was a consummate poet. When special occasions arose such as weddings and christenings he always brought a special light to the event with his insightful and well written verse and rhyme.
Bo was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Helen, his parents and his siblings, Fred Keller and Evelyn Fields. He is survived by his daughter, Sandy Litzenberg (Kerry) of College Station and her children Kaye Randle (Tate) of San Antonio and Bo Dees of Madisonville; daughter, Merry Keller (Alan Keparutis) of Shreveport and her children Amy Fennell (Jason) of Ft. Worth, Sarah Parker (Kevin)of Lake Dallas and Scott Duncan (Hannah) of Georgetown; and son, Lane Keller (Phyllis) and their children Missy Keller of Houston, Victoria Keller of Boulder, Colorado, Heather Keller and Jacob Keller of College Station, Texas. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
A celebration of Bo's life will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria, Texas with fellowship following at First English Lutheran Church-Felger Hall.
Special thanks to the staff of Live Oak North Pavilion Nursing Home for taking such good care of Mr. Keller. Also to the All About Care Sitters, Sandra, Michael and Jean.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Barrow Neurological Institute, 350 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013; Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, P.O. Box 5085, Victoria, TX 77901, Golden Crescent CASA, P.O. Box 1627, Victoria, TX 77902, First English Church 516 N. Main, Victoria, TX 77901 or donor's choice.
You may sign the guest book or send condolences at www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com
Colonial Funeral Home - Victoria, Texas (361) 578-3535
Published in Shreveport Times on June 19, 2014