PORTLAND – Hundreds gathered on Saturday to remember Pfc. Andrew Keller of Tigard who died in combat last week in Afghanistan.
A long procession rolled its way to Willamette National Cemetery past Patriot Guards, friends and family. The governor ordered flags to fly at half staff to recognize Keller’s sacrifice. It was easy to see he had a lot of love and friends in his life.
At the memorial service, hundreds of families and friends gathered to celebrate the 22-year-old soldier’s life. Keller’s father, Jeff Keller, said his son was a man who genuinely cared about other people.
Keller died when enemy forces attacked his unit in Afghanistan last week. Friends said he had only been in the country for about a month.
“I look at that wonderful human being up there and my heart is broken,” Jeff Keller said during the memorial service. “I know he’s looking down on us right now.”
Andrew Keller loved his family and fiancée, Marissa Jones, above all else. The yearbook from their senior year at Southridge High School shows the couple was voted most likely to marry. Jones said she’s blessed to call Keller her better half, the love of her life and best friend.
“Andrew is the man every guy wants to be friends with; he’s the athlete that everyone hopes to be on their team; the soldier that everyone wants by their side,” Jones said.