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Verdis Roy Keller, Sr.

Verdis Roy Keller, Sr., the son of a father and a mother, Roy Lane Keller and Mary Elizabeth Martin Keller, who shared his passion for learning, was born June 25, 1933.

He passed away July 11, 2020.

Verdis attended school at Whiteface and graduated from Levelland High School and later from Arizona State University. He taught a number of years at Glendale College and Phoenix College in Phoenix.

He was a photographer as well as an educator and horticulturist.

Verdis is survived by one daughter, Virginia Keller and her sons, Nicholas Spanfa and Anthony Spanfa, all of Phoenix; a sister, Dorris Sanderson of Lubbock and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Verdis Roy Keller, Jr. and Lola Keller, the mother of his children; brother, Farris Keller; and sisters, Charlene Bentley and Micki Smith.

Verdis donated his body to the Rehab and Brain Body Donation Program in Phoenix.


  1. voncille williams on December 1, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Verdis was active – when he was stationed at Holloman AFB – in our youth group at FBC in Alamogordo. He – and other airmen – enjoyed being at our home in the nearby ‘foothills’ for singsongs around the piano – homemade ice cream – & hiking up Alamo Canyon. I’ve been going thru old albums & found a picture of Verdis and me standing under a spring dripping water – & we’re both there drinking spring water in that fashion. He was a young guy with a great dream – someone we all loved and admired. Voncille Cadenhead Williams

  2. voncille williams on December 1, 2020 at 7:24 am

    I meant to add that if someone wants that picture – send me an address & I’ll mail it. VW

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