Preston Keller

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Lifelong Alaskan Preston Robin Keller, 18, died suddenly July 15, 2007, in Anchorage.
A funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Alaska Native Lutheran Church, at the corner of 15th Avenue and Cordova Street. A second service will be over the weekend at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Nome. His ashes will be set free over Golovin Bay.
Preston was born Sept. 29, 1988, in Anchorage to Sandi Olin and Robbie Ningeulook, then adopted by Lester Keller Jr. He attended school in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Teller, Shishmaref, Nome and graduated from Martin L. Olson High School on May 19, 2007. He just began his life on his own and worked for Ace Delivery & Moving Inc. at the time of his death. He had plans to attend AVTEC in Seward.
His family wrote: "He was adventurous, outgoing and humorous. He enjoyed the outdoors, loved to hunt, fish, play basketball, cook, work on snowmachines, and swim, especially polar bear swim. He loved cars and could name year, make and model quickly. He was incredibly bright and was a history buff. He attained a near perfect score on his high school qualifying exam, a 71 on the ASVAB military test and seriously considered the Air Force.
"In first grade, Preston wrote all about the military, and his teacher called him 'Sergeant Ningeulook'. In fifth grade, he played Santa in a Christmas play, making the whole crowd laugh. He was on the Fairbanks Lathrop varsity wrestling team his freshman year, the mascot for the 2004 Mix-6 State Volleyball Champions, the Golovin Lynx, and was the coolest person around. When he walked into a room full of people, he walked out with everyone laughing. He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed tremendously. He leaves a great big hole in all our hearts."
Preston is survived by his parents, Lester and Sandi Keller; sisters, Lori and Hattie; brother, Joshua; father and companion, Robbie Ningeulook and Nancy Kokeok; and half-siblings, Austin, Corey, Edgar, Sarah and Sonja of Shishmaref; grandmothers, Vivien Olin of Wales and Ruth Hannah Seetot of Anchorage; many aunts, uncles, cousins; and many, many friends.
Preston was preceded in death by his grandparents, James Olin, Lester Sr. and Martha Keller, Ray and Hattie Ningeulook; uncle, Edgar Ningeulook; cousins, Frederick Nayokpuk and first Amber Ongtowasruk.
True to his generous nature, Preston gave the gift of life through organ donation to make life better for numerous others.
Donations may be made to the Preston Keller Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo, account 7063401629. Cards may be sent to PO Box 307, Nome 99762.
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Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on July 19, 2007