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John R. Keller II

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – John R. Keller II, 65, of Dixon, and Crystal Springs, Mississippi, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at his home in Dixon.

He was born Sept. 25, 1948, in Dixon, the son of J. Richard and Mary (Risley) Keller. John was a special education teacher, financial aid director at Shimer College, and director of housing for Zion. He served as a past president of Lake County Easter Seals, and a past president of Zion Lions Club. John was a Red Cross volunteer and a Franklin Grove Creek Preservation Area Board member. Protection of natural areas was his lifetime passion.

He is survived by three daughters, Maria (Jeff) Dahnke of Barrington, Barbara (Danny) Nickels of Wadsworth, and Traci (Dell) Baker of Antioch; six grandchildren, Jacob, Nate, Vivian, Ava, Melia, and Jaiden; his mother, Mary Keller of Dixon, one sister, Candy (Ray) Rezner of Fort Meyers, Florida; one brother, Bruce (Kathy) Keller of Dixon; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

At John’s request, there will be no formal services. Jones Funeral Home in Dixon handled arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in care of the “Franklin Grove Creek and Preservation Co.” and sent to John Keller Memorial, PO Box 51, Barrington IL 60011-0051.

Visit thejonesfh.com to send condolences.

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