Col. William L. Kiser (Ret.) Col. William L. (Bill) Kiser, age 76, entered into spiritual rest on July 4th, 2008. He was born in Greene County, TN, to Herman A. and Mary Etta (Bales) Kiser on April 13, 1932. He moved with his family from Tennessee to Kansas in his teen years where he received his high school and college education. He was an outstanding football player in both high school and college making the All CIC Conference Team at Pittsburg State both his Junior and Senior years. He was also very active in the ROTC program there. He was awarded both his BS and MS degrees at Pittsburg State University and was commissioned in the United States Army on August 5th, 1955. Bill married the former Charliss Oakes at the First Methodist Church in Dodge City, KS, on August 29, 1954. In 1956 Bill and Charliss moved to Tucson, AZ where their two children were born and raised - a daughter, Kelly and a son, Lee. Bill's many years in Arizona were filled as an educator, a coach, a small business owner, a corporate executive, a private consultant, a project manager, and a realtor. His personal devotion throughout the years was to his Faith in God, his family and the United States of America. Bill was so very proud of his family who have shown exemplary dedication to fundamental values and personal respect which are demonstrated in their daily conduct. "For all of the positive directions I may have asked of you, there were many, many more given to me in return! Please know that the type of person you are or have become, can and will honor this wonderful country in which you live." Bill was a member of Catalina Foothills Church, a long-standing proud member of the Tucson Round Table, and a group of former members of the 8th Battalion, 40th Armor, USAR, of which Bill served as the Battalion Commander for four years. He loved sharing long-time memories and experiences with each of these groups. In April of 2008, Bill received a wonderful honor at his alma mater, Pittsburgh State University, where he was inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame. His family was able to be with him for this very special event. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, H.A. & Mary Etta Kiser. His sister, Kay Howard, passed away on July 7, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Charliss; daughter, Kelly (Marc) Wing; son, Lee (Jill) Kiser, granddaughter, Megan Wing, and grandson, Cade Kiser. He is also survived by two sisters, Ernestine Kiser and Elaine Post (Phillip), and many nieces and nephews of Arizona and Southwest Kansas. Graveside services with military honors will be private. A Celebration of Life service will be held on August 9, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Catalina Foothills Church, 2150 E. Orange Grove Rd. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest Memorials be made to the Colonel William L. Kiser ROTC Scholarship Fund at Pittsburg State University, Office of University Development, 1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on July 27, 2008