Formerly a Pennsylvania resident, Woodrow Keiser, 77, died July 15th, 2012, at his home in Port Orange, Florida. A celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at the Eagles facility on Ridgewood at 1pm. Woody was born Sept. 25, 1934, in Northampton, PA., to Lucetta (Fronheiser) and Woodrow Keiser. Woody enlisted in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne at the age of 17 and is a Korean War Veteran. In 1955 he married the love of his life Patricia Ahlum and together they had eight children; five girls and three boys. Woody was a man who could do anything he set is mind to do. He was gifted with his hands as a mechanic and was a natural born engineer. Woody loved the auto and motorcycle world and in his younger years he owned and operated Keiser's Chrome Corner in Hazleton, PA and raced stock cars at Dorney Park and Northampton Speedway for many years. He also worked as a crane operator for Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania. He and his wife later moved to Tuckerton, NJ where he opened Woody's Marine Repairs & Boat Hauling. During that time he served in the United States Coast Guard as commander of Flotilla 77 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary where he earned twenty-six commendations for life saving. In 1985, Mr. Keiser came to Florida with his wife Patricia where they later started Dream-A-Wish, Inc. which makes dreams come true for terminally ill children in Volusia County. After the first wish was granted magic started for Woody and it touched him in such a way that over the years he along with countless volunteers and sponsors has been able to give to thousands of children throughout Volusia County and surrounding areas. His greatest pride was his work with the Dream A Wish Foundation that he dedicated 1000's of hours to over the past 15 years. It is the families hope that Woody's hard work and dedication will not be forgotten. He was a true pillar to the area. Woody is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia of Florida; daughters, Lucetta Richard of Pennsylvania; Patricia Cody of Pennsylvania, Joann McGeary of Pennsylvania, Dorothy Litwin of Virginia; sons, Woodrow Keiser III of Florida, Charles Keiser of Florida; 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Woody is predeceased by his daughter Karen and son Paul.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on July 22, 2012