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James H. Keller

July 7, 1942 March 2, 2006
James H. Keller
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James Keller, a retired insurance adjuster for Prudential Insurance Company, died suddenly on Thursday, March 2, 2006 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Horton Campus. He was 63 years old.

The son of Bernard Keller and the late Mary McShane Keller, Jim was born on July 7, 1942 in the Bronx and was one of 10 children. Jim attended schools in the Bronx and graduated from King's College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He was an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1966-69, and saw action in Vietnam on the DMZ during the TET offensive. He married his wife Joanne in 1968 in Hartsdale, N.Y. They moved from California to Orange County in 1982. Jim was a bagpiper with the Ancient Order of Hibernians Bagpipe Band and loved to play his pipes. He played for the Pine Bush Elementary Schools each March, for the Pine Bush Arts Council, the Hunter Mountain Celtic Festival and marched in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. Jim also donated his time and talent for several 9/11 memorial services.

A family statement reads: "Jim was a man who was comfortable with himself and expected everyone to love him.and they did. He was proud of his Irish heritage as well as his family. He was a generous man whose many gifts to others will not be forgotten."

His first trip to Ireland rekindled in him a love for all things Irish and he played his bagpipes on the Cliffs of Moher, and at the Bru Boru Center.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Joanne at home; one daughter, Anne-Therese Densk and her husband Ron; one son, Patrick Keller and a grandson, Carter P. Densk. Jim is also survived by his father Bernard; two brothers, Donald and Kevin and four sisters, JoAnne, Bonnie, Anne-Therese and Geraldine.

Family and friends may visit on Sunday, March 5 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 90 Euclid Avenue, Middletown.

Burial will follow in the family plot in Orange County Veterans Cemetery, Goshen.

Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.

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