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Herbert Morton Keller

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Herbert Morton Keller

Age 87 of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family on May 30, 2017.

Herb was born to Marion and William Keller on January 13, 1930. He grew up in South Philadelphia and from a young age grew to love sports, attending games of the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles, 76ers, and other local sports teams. He was President of his class and completed high school in Philadelphia as his family moved to Wilmington, DE to open "Keller's Cleaners." Herb attended the University of Delaware where he studied accounting and enjoyed being part of the fraternity AEPi. During his time at the University of Delaware, Herb enlisted in the United States Air Force and lived in Dover, DE. Herb learned to fly planes and obtained his Pilots' license; he was proud of his status as a Veteran.

While attending the University of Delaware, Herb met Norma Schwartz at the YMHA in Wilmington and knew immediately that he wanted her to be his wife. While feigning a headache on a picnic, Herb snuck a AEPi pin in an old Bristol Squibb aspirin box and thus started their quick and romantic courtship. Herb and Norma married in Philadelphia on October 31, 1954 and lived in Wilmington, DE. Herb was suddenly asked to take over "Keller's Cleaners" following the unexpected death of his father. Herb prided himself on "turning around" that business and knew how to grow the business, as well as to operate and fix each and every machine in his dry-cleaning building.

As Herb and Norma began their family, they moved to Green Acres and then to Sutton Place. Herb loved being at the Schwartz family cottage in Elkton, MD and also enjoyed being at the Jersey shore, a place he frequented as a child. He and Norma brought their kids to both Elkton and Ventnor and enjoyed many years enjoying the Steel Pier, Salt Water Taffy, Lamberts Ice Cream, and the Casinos. He enjoyed being together with his family in Philadelphia, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey and enjoyed traveling with Norma and enjoying trips and backgammon with his many friends. He valued learning throughout his life and always prided himself on being up-to-date on sports, politics and, news. He enjoyed sharing his love of learning with his family with frequent day trips within a 3-hour radius. He derived great joy from his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild, as well as all of his nieces, nephews, and cousins. Until the very end of his life, he continued to pride himself on his very firm handshake. Herb felt fortunate to have found a dear friend and companion in his later years, Ruth Forman, of Chalfonte, and she and Herb were a wonderful couple for 16 years.

Herb was predeceased by his beloved wife, Norma. He is survived by his daughters, Cindy Marra (Fred) of Loudonville, NY, Wendy Bell Harvis (Bruce) of Chadds Ford, PA, and Lisa Keller of Delmar, NY; grandchildren, Joseph Bell (Carly Ambrose), Natalie Marra (Ed English), Jake Marra, Mollie Silver, and Sara Silver; and great-grandson, Logan English. He is also survived by his sister, Ruth Galperin (Henry); sister-in-law, Susan Cleveland of Florida, and brother-in-law, Larry Schwartz (Lois) of Oregon. Herb is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and life-long friends along with his loving friend and companion, Ruth Forman.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Friday, June 2, 2017 at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1801 Baynard Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19802. Shiva will be observed at 6:45 pm, Friday, June 2 at the Inn at Wilmington, 300 Rocky Run Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19803. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made in Herb's honor to the Jewish War Veterans of Delaware, or to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.


Published in The News Journal from June 1 to June 3, 2017
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