KILGORE — Pete Keiser was born May 17, 1929, in Mansfield, Ohio, and passed August 24, 2013, at his home, surrounded by the family who loved him. Left to grieve Pete's loss is his wife of 60 years, Dody; sons, Peter and John and his wife, Diane, and beloved grandson Christopher; and in Ohio, his sisters, Susan (Steve) James and Joan (Thermon) Hale; his brother, Kay J. Keiser; and many nieces and nephews.
Pete was preceded in death by his son, David; his mother and father, Mildred and Pete Keiser Sr.; and his mother-in-law, Ria Aubrey.
In his youth, Pete was a multi-talented athlete who played semi-pro football for the Shelby Blues in Ohio and the U.S. Army
, as well as a Golden Glove boxer. He also loved to ice skate on the many frozen lakes and streams in the Mansfield area. In the '60s, he coached YMCA youth football. He was a proud veteran and served his country as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne during the Korean War
Pete retired from Kilgore Ceramics Plumbing Co. in 1991. As vice president of sales and marketing, he was well known throughout the plumbing industry for his humor, goodwill and most of all his honesty.
Some of Pete's happiest and proudest years came after his retirement when he spent countless hours volunteering at the Kilgore Crisis Center, where he was known as Mr. Fix It. Later, after recovery from serious health problems, he became a loyal volunteer at Kilgore Helping Hands. Pete NEVER met a stranger and lived life his way…the right way!!! He believed in helping people and did many good things, like looking after people who were alone, and he looked forward to his selfless visits. Pete was a wonderful and generous man who taught us that laughter, not anger, is the only way to live life
Pete was so blessed that his daughter-in-law, Diane, who is an experienced CNA, put her life on hold to stay by his bedside and tend to all his needs for the last weeks of a gregarious life.
The family also gives their special thank you to Patty Pellegalle for the friendship and joy she gave Pete, to Dr. John R. Clague and his nurse, Sherri, for 20 years of love and care, to Dr. Duncan and the staff at Longview Cancer Center and to Anitra and Amanda from Beacon Hospice. And a special thanks to those that allowed themselves to be entertained by Pete.
Pete and the Keiser family ask that anyone who would like to honor his memory, please donate time and or resources to the Kilgore Helping Hands, Saint Jude's Children Hospital or just some individual or family in need.
The family will receive friends at from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore.