He became a subject of conversation as passers-by took his picture and posted it on social media sites. Some also stopped to talk with the 89-year-old.
“Love is reflected in love,” Keller said. “It’s my pleasure to bring joy to others. I love seeing the kids and they are like wow and wave back. I have had some people stop and tell me I’m spreading happiness for everyone. It makes me feel wonderful.”
Reactions of motorists varied from smiling and waving back to honking their horns as they proceed through the intersection.
“My family loves seeing Bill out here,” said Tracy resident Jeanine Iacangelo. “I always see him when I pick up the kids from school. All three of my daughters love him waving, and we wave back and smile. I stopped and talked with Bill one day and took his picture. Within minutes of posting it on Facebook, people started commenting and liking it.”
Keller — a resident of Paradise who was visiting his son, Tracy resident Ronald Keller — explained that he was bored sitting in the living room and decided to get outside and do something.
He returned home this week, but he visits his son several times a year and said he would resume his post at the corner when he returns.
During World War II,
the elder Keller saw combat in Iwo Jima with the Army. After the war, he married and worked for a carton company that assembled collapsible folding boxes. He and his wife, Alice, had a daughter and two sons and were married 63 years before her death a few years ago.
Local resident Kassie Hale said she and a friend stopped to talk with Keller.
“This is really sweet,” Hale said. “I think this brings it back to people being sociable. One wave and a smile can brighten your day.”
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