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George Keiller Jr. Obituary
George Bennie Keiller, Jr.
1924-2017
George B. Keiller, Jr., resident of Houston, TX, age 93, died on December 27, 2017, at the Duke Medical Center, Durham NC.
Born in Detroit, MI on April 2, 1924, to Scottish parents who came to the US as teens, "Dodie", as his mother called him, although born in America was a full-blooded Scotsman who loved his homeland and bagpipe music. He was running his own company, UsedPumps.com, and doing real estate deals right up to his passing.
Surviving are his beloved wife Risa Pippin, daughter Dr. Cynthia Hampton, son Brad, grandchildren Darcy, Austin, Travis and Sam, and great-grandchildren Annie, Georgie, his namesake, Lexi and his treasured Vivie.
He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II and trained to be a fighter pilot. Although, too young to see any combat duty due to the length of the flight training, he ended up going back into the Navy during the Korean War as a flight instructor in Pensacola.
After the war, he moved to Corpus Christi with his first wife Helen Keiller, who he was married to for 28 years. He performed in Little Theater and also raised show Springer Spaniels. The young family moved to the Virgin Islands and then Louisiana before finally settling in Houston in 1970 where his first company, Dynaquip, Inc, was started.
Moving from show Springer's to field trials, he would go on to train 2 AKC National Field Trial Champions with Risa at his side. RIsa and George also enjoyed Scottish dancing and ushering at local theatres. They honeymooned appropriately in Scotland.
George also loved bridge and chess. He was a Silver Life Master in bridge and with his teammates won the 2007 Flight C National Team Championship at the age of 83. In the finals, his team defeated a young MIT squad and he joked, "They had faster computers but we had more data on our hard drives." He was playing competitive bridge and amassing points to the end. In addition, his chess game was superb and his final game against his son on Christmas Day was a triumph even though they played for the love of each other and the game together.
George was able to spend the last week of his life full of health and exuberance with the family he so cherished. Just before his death he rode off into the sunset on a life flight helicopter. A fitting end the aviator would have enjoyed. "You take care out there son." "Love ya Dad."
A Memorial celebration was held in his honor in Oxford, NC but an informal reception will also be held at the Embassy Suites, 11730 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX from 1-2:30 PM on Saturday January 20th. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to one or both of his favorite charities. Goodfellows or the Houston Food Bank.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 12, 2018
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