Charles Michael KellerNovember 30, 1940 ~ August 6, 2017 (age 76)
CHARLES MICHAEL KELLER
Charles Michael (“Mike”) Keller, 76, of Viera, FL passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, August 6, 2017. He was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Berlin, NJ, graduating from Haddon Heights High School in 1959. He then entered the Air Force, taking Basic Training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. He was stationed at Keesler Air Base in Biloxi, MI, working in Basic Electronics, radio and TACAN systems (airborne radar) and served for 4 years. He later studied mathematics at Monmouth College and had a distinguished career in electronics and computing, working for Electronic Associates Inc., Long Branch, NJ as an Electronics Technician and Field Service Engineer, and then for Applied Logic Corp, Princeton, NJ as an in-house Hardware Service Engineer, maintaining both large mainframe computers as well as the first designed mini-computers. Eventually he cross-trained into computer Operating Systems software, and was hired as a Systems Software Engineer at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ. At PPPL, he was at first responsible for Engineering and Scientific computers including the Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) PDP-10 and PDP-8 computers and was then promoted to Manager (Section Head) of the Operating Systems Software Group, including DEC and Gould Inc. machines which were used in the Instrumentation, Control & Data Acquisition for the Department of Energy's premier scientific experiment, the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR). Mike retired from Princeton University after 20 years and then worked for himself in his company Microfocus Software Corporation as an application and web developer for many years. However, for all his family and friends, his most important job titles were Lord High Computer Guru, since he dedicated his free time to helping us all with any computer issues or needs, and Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Friend. During his life, his hobbies included playing his violin, listening to classical music, ZZ Top, and Tom Petty, running, hiking, body-building and playing chess. He is survived by his wife, Karen; his son Paul Keller of Bordentown, NJ; daughter Kathy Masi of Melbourne, FL; daughter Una Kurtz of Roebling, NJ; step-son Michael Centomain of Sao Roque, Brazil; step-son Frank Centomain and his wife Anna of Höllviken, Sweden; step-daughter Karishma Circelli and her husband Daniel of New Hartford, NY; step-daughter Supriya Williamson and her husband Brendan of Charlottesville, VA; grandchildren Cody Mahon, Danielle Mahon, Nicholas Stovall-Kurtz, Connor Kurtz, Grace Kurtz, Riley Kurtz, Alex Centomain, Helena Centomain, Mateus Centomain, Anthony Centomain, Liam Centomain, Sofia Circelli, Jaina Circelli, and William Circelli; brother John Keller and his wife Helene of Berlin, NJ; sister Elizabeth Eastwick and her husband Richard of Haddonfield, NJ; sister Patricia Adiutori and her husband Tom of Erie, PA; multiple loving nieces and nephews; and his dog Duffy. You may sign Michael’s guestbook at www.beckman-williamson.com.