James F. Keller, Sr.

July 13, 1941 ‒ August 20, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

James Frank Keller, Sr. went home to be with the Lord on August 20, 2020, from his daughter’s Mansfield home at the age of 79.

James was born July 13, 1941, the son of Frank & Julia (Reiter) Keller in Mansfield and was a 1959 graduate of Mansfield Senior High. One sunny day in 1960, Jim drove by the Open Bible Church and saw a beautiful young lady outside. He just had to meet her! Her name was Claudia Frederick, and exactly 1 year later he proposed and they married on August 12, 1961, and had 8 children. Jim worked 32 years for General Motors retiring in 1994. He was a member of the VFW Post #5101.

Jim loved to go camping, fishing, boating, and traveling—especially cruising. He always looked forward to going to Lake Erie and the annual family fishing trip to Canada. The back of his boat was inscribed with “Fish On! Get The Net.” Other favorite activities included working on houses, watching the History Channel, hosting large get-togethers, listening to FM radio station 100.1 WSWR, and giving his family members silly nicknames.

He is survived by children Steven James (Lora) Keller of Johnsville, Lisa (Darrell) Corns of Johnsville, James Jr. (Julia) Keller of Johnsville, Stacy (Bruce) Mayes of Johnsville, Troy (Jennifer) Keller of Lexington, Joshua (Shana) Keller of Galion, Susan (Larry) Brogdon of Ontario and Sarah (Nic) McHugh of Mansfield; 31 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings Kathleen Patterson of Mansfield, Susan Traxler of Lucas, Judy Keller of Mansfield, and Pauline (Paul) Harsh of Newark; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Jim was preceded in death by his dear wife Claudia Jean Keller on April 28, 2016, parents Frank & Julia Keller, and brother Bob Keller.

The Keller family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Monday, August 24, 2020, in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. His graveside funeral service will be 11:00 AM Tuesday in Shauck Cemetery near Johnsville. Pastor Bruce Philippi will officiate and everyone is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Pallbearers and anyone who would like to participate in the funeral procession should meet 10:00 AM at Snyder Funeral Homes (2553 Lexington Ave in Mansfield).

Contributions in Jim’s memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research may be sent to the funeral home (please make checks out to the charity). The family wishes to thank caregivers Candace Williams and Chelsi Lohr for the loving care they gave to Jim.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Jim’s family. Share a memory and watch his tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Jim will be missed! He was such fun to be around! Sending all my love to everyone! Love From Matt and Phyllis Carey

  • Lisa, you and your brothers and sisters are in my prayers. I have many wonderful memories of your dear Dad. I know your Mom and Dad are happy together again in heaven. Sending hugs and prayers

  • Steve, Lisa, Jimmy, Stacy,
    I have such fond memories of your mom and dad when we were neighbors. I’m so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Prayers with you all.
    Tami DeLong Barnett

  • I know Uncle Jim and Aunt Claudia are looking down on their beautiful family. Have peace in knowing they are together again. Our thoughts and prayers to you through these hard times of missing them here on Earth… we will see them again!

  • Jim and Claudia were dear friends when we were all young! We had the best time together having house parties and traveling to the Bahamas so many years ago! 🙏🏻 To all the kids ~ I know you all looked after him and I will always remember your parents ~ and grandparents ~ fondly!

  • What a great man! Enjoyed growing up around him and the entire Keller family. The Keller’s are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • To the Keller family:
    So very sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. I have fond memories of the Keller family while I was at Johnsville. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you adjust to a different life missing both your mom and dad. They left behind a strong family legacy. May God bless you all.
    Love and prayers,
    Mary Carroll

  • Stacy and family, I am saddened to learn of Jimmy’s passing. I’ve met the family during many dinners and dances at VFW 5101, Claudia was a great lady and cook. I worked with Stacy at Neer for many years, Jimmy was always so friendly! My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • My condolences to James Keller’s family.
    I am grateful for the brief opportunity I had to serve Jim and his family, it was a pleasure for me.
    Thank you for that opportunity.
    God loves you all more than words can.
    God Bless you all
    Take Care Always

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. May his loving care surround you all at this sad time.

  • Sorry to hear. Jim was insured at the office I worked in. I met both he and Claudia there. Always enjoyed our chats. Nice people