Edwin “Eddie” Fredrick Keller, Jr., 65, of Laguna Vista passed away on March 29, 2013 in Oklahoma.
Born Sept. 5, 1947 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Eddie moved to the Laguna Madre area where he lived and resided in Laguna Vista for more than 40 years. An avid fisherman and huntsman, he was a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain at the helm of a variety of sportfishing vessels. He also owned and operated the commercial red snapper fishing vessel “Towhead” for many years. He captained and crewed aboard boats that included the “Blues Chaser” when they boated a 664 pound state record longfin mako shark in 1986 and won Grand Champion honors at the 50th Texas International Fishing Tournament in 1988. For more than 20 years, he served as captain aboard the “Queen B” and led the John Bunk family to numerous trophies and honors in the South Texas Big Game Fishing Club and T.I.F.T. He was also a longtime member of the National Rifle Association.
Eddie’s greatest joys in life came from his wife of 37 years, Linnette Keller of Laguna Vista; his two sons, Luke and wife Tamara Keller of Anchorage, Alaska and Nathan Keller and girlfriend Katelyn Hands of Houston; and his three grandsons: Matthew Keller of Houston and Jacob and Caleb Keller of Anchorage, Alaska. In recent years, Eddie and Linnette enjoyed spending time with their immediate family in Houston and Alaska. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his sister Nancy and husband Brent Stewart; and two brothers, Robert and wife Diane Keller and John and wife Cyndi Keller, all of Indiana.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Fredrick Keller, Sr. and Thelma H. Keller.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Friday, April 5 at 10 am at St. Andrew’s By the Sea Episcopal Church, 1022 N. Yturria St. in Port Isabel with Rev. Beverly Patterson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his honor to St. Andrews’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1168, Port Isabel, TX 78578, (956) 943-1962.
You may sign the guestbook and send words of comfort or sympathy cards to the family of Edwin “Eddie” F. Keller at www.thomaegarza.com.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of Thomae Garza Funeral directors, 395 S. Sam Houston, San Benito, TX, (956) 399-1331.