Herman O. Keister, 89, of 1649 Drowney Road, Gifford, passed away Sunday (Jan. 19, 2014) at the Bradford Manor.
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Born Feb. 10, 1924, in Shippenville, he was a son of the late Arthur H. and Lucile Day Keister. On March 16, 1946, in Bradford, he married Mary Catherine Bortz Keister, who died May 15, 2006.
Mr. Keister attended Bradford Area schools. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Feb. 16, 1943, and served in the Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe during World War II. He received the American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 13, 1946.
He had been employed by the Al Mac VanGorder Oil Co. at Bells Camp in Derrick City for many years and later for Kendall-Witco, from where he retired.
Mr. Keister was a founding and lifetime member of the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion Post #138 in Smethport, and a member of the Greater Bradford Senior Activity Center. He was a member of Linda's Music Group, entertaining residents at nursing homes and members of the Senior Center. He was a coach for the Hilltop Little League, ran the Hilltop Booth at the McKean County Fair and at the Gifford Fair he ran the milk bottle pitch. He was a member of the Bradford Horseshoe League and Bradford Area Bowling League for many years.
Surviving is a daughter, Sandra L. (the late Greg) Fox of Cyclone; a son, Rick Keister and partner Richard of Houston, Texas; a sister, Bessie (Howard) Black of York; a brother, Alfred Keister of Bells Camp; one daughter-in-law, Dianne Keister Brainard; one grandson, Randy (RyAnne) Keister; six granddaughters, Kimberly (Jeff) Witter, Kristie (Zane) Tyler, Stacey (Tom) Gross, Dawn Keister, Robin (Adam) Besonson and Tabitha (Chris) Sharpless; six great-grandchildren, Izach and Alexis Hannahs, Tyler and Tyus Gross and Dylan and JayAnne Keister; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Randy Keister, who died on Nov. 29, 1999.
Family will be receiving friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St., where funeral and committal services will be held at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Robert Gorton, pastor of the Peoples Christian Fellowship Church, officiating. Following the service, members of American Legion Post #138 of Smethport will conduct military honors in the funeral home. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Legion Post #138, Bereavement Fund.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 20 to Jan. 28, 2014