James E. Keller, known affectionately as Jimbo, was a remarkable individual who touched the lives of many. With a distinguished career and a heart full of love and generosity, he will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Born on July 2, 1958, in Syracuse NY, Jimbo showed great promise from an early age. He graduated from Liverpool High School in the Class of 1976 and continued his pursuit of knowledge at Syracuse University. His thirst for education was matched only by his dedication to serving his country. Jimbo's career in the military began when he joined the US Air Force in 1977. He served with unwavering commitment for 20 years after reaching the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. His significant contributions to the Air Force are a testament to his devotion and loyalty to his country. After leaving the military, Jimbo embarked on a new chapter as the Chief Information Officer of the 90th Medical Group at FE Warren AFB in Cheyenne WY. He served in this position for another 20 years until his recent retirement in 2021. Jimbo's leadership skills and technological expertise greatly contributed to the success of the medical group.
Beyond his professional achievements, Jimbo's true joy resided in spending time with his beloved family. He cherished every moment he shared with Nancy Keller in their 51 years together and united they created a warm and loving home. Their bond was unbreakable, and their love for one another served as an inspiration to all who knew them. As a father and grandfather, Jimbo found immense happiness. His treasured son and daughter in law Jakson and Brenna Edward brought him immeasurable joy along with his dear grandchildren Lilliana and Lucy of Portland OR. His cherished daughter and son in law Michelle and Zach Goeken with their children Cameron, Mariah, Everett, and Layla of Cheyenne WY were also a source of immense pride and love for him. Until the end he always said the two greatest proclamations of life were Faith and Family.
Jimbo’s unwavering faith was an incredible source of strength for him, his love of God, the gospel, and his commitment to gaining all the knowledge he could were passions that gave him enthusiasm for the boundless joy he created for others. HIs steadfast determination to share the love of God was a catalyst for his connections with countless people in his life. Sharing the word of God was a source of delight for him that until the end brought him peace and fulfillment.
In his leisure time, Jimbo had a passion for cooking, camping, and skiing. Whether he was preparing meals for the 12 days of Christmas for his squadron or sitting around a campfire listening to Pink Floyd, he found solace and joy in these simple pleasures. Additionally, Jimbo's love for music and studying Theology enriched his life and allowed him to appreciate the beauty of the world around him. Jimbo's caring nature extended beyond his immediate family. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need and could be counted on as a pillar of support. His generosity knew no bounds, and his acts of kindness touched the lives of many.
On December 21, 2023, Jimbo peacefully passed away surrounded by his family after a brief illness complicated by other health concerns. While our hearts ache at the loss of such an extraordinary individual, we take solace in knowing that his memory will forever be etched in our minds and all should find comfort that he is at peace with his creator. Jimbo is greeted with open arms by his late father Ernest Keller, mother Beverly Keller and brother Randy Keller. Also mourning his loss are his brothers, sisters and many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his brother Skip and Chieko Keller of Jacksonville FL, sister Kristen and Bob Coon of Daytona FL, sister-in-law Thao Keller of Daytona FL, brother Brad and Kim Keller of Syracuse NY, and sister Jessica Keller of Jacksonville FL. His stepmother Terry Keller of Jacksonville FL also mourns his loss.
In celebrating Jimbo's life, let us remember the immense joy he brought to all those around him. His selflessness, compassion, and unwavering love will forever shine as guiding beacons for us all. As we bid farewell to this remarkable soul, let us strive to carry on his legacy by spreading kindness and love in our own lives. In the words of Jimbo himself, "Life is a gift, and it should be lived to the fullest." May his spirit continue to inspire us to embrace life with open hearts and to cherish our loved ones every single day. Fly high Jimbo.
A Celebration of Life will be Monday, January 1, 2024, from 5-7 PM at Calvary Chapel, 9209 Ridge Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82009.