John Keller (Born May 23, 1923)
John Keller was born in Chicago, IL to William & Rose Keller who emigrated from the Ukraine. He had two sisters who passed away when they were young. John attended Crane Tech High School and still meets with about six of his classmates once a month. He attended one year at Michigan State College-Veterinary School where he played on the freshman football team. He was scouted at this time by George Halas, the owner of the Chicago Bears. This was during World War II and John left school to enlist in the US Army in December of 1942.
During the war he fought in Alsace Loraine, France at the Battle of the Colmar Pocket. John was Sergeant 3rd Division, 7th Regiment, L Company and an instructor for 57mm cannon. At the end of the war John was discharged and returned home in January 1946.
He went to work at Keller’s Lunchroom with his mother Rose in Chicago. John went on to work for International Harvester. In 1950, he married Irene and they lived in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village. John & Irene had two daughters, Tina & Michele.
In 1952 John joined the Chicago Police department and was a patrolman for 27 years. Irene passed away in 2003 and John moved to Lockport in 2006. John is a member of the VFW. He enjoys golfing and is the oldest volunteer for Main Street Lockport. He still enjoys “Swimmin’ with the Women” at the Lockport Park District pool.