LAKEVIEW - Carl Ellsworth Keysor, of Lakeview, passed peacefully to heaven at 12:10 a.m., on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.
He was born April 15, 1919, in Stokes Township, Logan County, the son of Norman E. and Cretoria (Arthur) Keysor, who preceded him in death. On June 15, 1946, he married Elsie Christina Wildermuth, his loving spouse of 38 years, who passed to eternity on June 18, 1984.
Survivors include his beloved daughter, Diana (Philip) Centers, of Lakeview; his granddaughter, Erin (Keith) Wilson, of Lakeview; his grandson, Scott Centers, of Orlando, Fla.; three great-grandsons, Oliver, Maxwell, and Jackson Wilson, who resided with him near Lakeview; brothers-in-law, Ermine Wildermuth (Marlene), of Wapakoneta, Ralph Zwiebel, of Jackson Center, and Richard Sailor, of Jackson Center; a sister-in-law, Ludema Wildermuth, of Botkins, and numerous nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by his loved in-laws, Mildred and Robert Weidel, Vernon Wildermuth, Marcille Sailor and Miriam Zwiebel.
Carl was a graduate of New Hampshire High School, class of 1938. He earned his Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1941 from the Ohio State University. Upon graduation from college, Carl went to work for the New York Central Railroad, where he worked on track alignments and grading. He was inducted into the U.S. Army the following year, assigned to the medical corps. Carl was sent for more studies at the University of Illinois, where he earned an additional engineering degree in sanitation. At that time, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Carl was posted to Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Wash., where he was an instructor in sanitation techniques. After leaving the Army, he worked as an engineer in southern Ohio before accepting a position as the deputy county engineer for Logan County. In 1978, he retired after 20 years of civil engineering service at the Ohio Department of Transportation at Sidney, where he worked on highway design.
Carl had a goal to be the oldest working, licensed professional engineer in the state of Ohio, and continued to earn continuing education credits in classes past the age of 92. He went to work for Jackson Center in 1989, a post he held through early 2012.
An avid reader, Carl enjoyed history, travel and nature. He was a devout Christian, who led many activities at his lifelong church, Grace Chapel Christian Union. He sponsored and supervised many youth activities and duties at Camp Greenfield. He was also lovingly dubbed "The Family Chaplain" by his extended family, always eager to lead prayer for the group at gatherings and holiday meals. His Arthur and Keysor cousins were always close to him and kept in touch throughout life.
Carl introduced his in-laws to Lake Hope in the 1940s while working as an engineer on a hospital construction project in Nelsonville. He led many family retreats to the area for more than 60 years, introducing five generations to the joy of hiking the wooded trails.
Carl was dearly loved by his entire family, his church family, and many people who had the privilege to know him. His joy and laughter will long be remembered.
The Rev. Scott Anderson will begin funeral services at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at Grace Chapel Christian Union Church, Santa Fe.
Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview, and one hour prior to services at the church.
Burial is in Mount Tabor Cemetery, Gutman.
Memorial contributions may be given in Carl's name to the Grace Chapel Christian Union Church, 9491 Santa Fe Line Road, Wapakoneta, OH 45895.
Arrangements are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview. Condolences may be expressed at shoffstallfuneralhome.com.
Published in Sidney Daily News on Aug. 30, 2013
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