Pete Keiser

Pete Keiser

KILGORE, TX: Pete Keiser was born May17, 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 Dody, his wife of 60 years; sons, Peter, John and his wife, Diane; and beloved grandson, Christopher. In Ohio his sisters, Susan (Steve) James, Joan (Thermon) Hale; and 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 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 60's he coached YMCA youth football. He is a proud veteran and served his country as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne during the Korean War.

Pete retired from Kilgore Ceramics Plumbing Company 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 Crises 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 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 is an experienced CNA who 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 Rader Funeral Home Wednesday evening between 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Please leave online condolences at www.raderfuneralhome.com

Published in the News Journal on Aug. 26, 2013