Born: September 1, 1956, in Batavia, New York
The third child and second son of Grace and Hank Keller
James attended Alta Vista, Bowman, and Rockcreek Elementary schools, and Weimar Junior High in the Auburn, California area. He also attended Placer High School, in Auburn.
After earning his high school diploma Jim served in the United States Navy aboard an escort ship, the USS Barbey, as a Boiler Technician during the Vietnam War era.
Jim loved working with his hands. He was a laborer in home construction, a Cabinet Maker, and Forman. Jim crafted many traditional items. He also liked hunting, fishing, camping and canoeing. Jim really loved to ride and work on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. In fact, he loved it so much that his bike had its own room in his house at one time.
Jim loved God, his country, nature, and life. He enjoyed attending Native Gatherings and Celebrations. Jim played the traditional flute beautifully. He was very proud of his Native American heritage.
Jim was not a complicated soul. He loved the simple pleasures of life. He had a special place in his heart for children and animals especially his dog Nana. His life was all about friends, family and extended family. They meant everything to him. He will be sorely missed by those he loved.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy Keller, in 2000 and his father, Hank S. Keller, 2002. Jim is survived by his son, Cary Maucere, fiancé, Jolene Leilani Rose VonMillanich, mother Grace (Keller) Raigosa, brothers, John Keller and Josh Keller, and sisters, Sonia Keller Lapointe, Sarah, and Sandy Keller and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
There will be a Celebration of Life Ceremony on Tuesday April 21, 2015, at 2:00 PM. It will be held at Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel, at 6920 Destiny Drive, Rocklin, CA 95677; a reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Operation Smile; to donate by phone call 888-288-7139.