Richard “Ike” D. Keiser, Sr., 86, of Fremont, OH passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. He was born on April 28, 1929 in Fremont, the son of Gertrude (Boucher) Cox.
Richard married Lois Kemerley in June of 1950 in Carey, OH and they were together forty-one years until her death on October 4, 1991. He was a Streets Department Superintendant for the City of Fremont. Richard began in September 11, 1945 as a Cinder Thrower prior to the automated Salt Spreader, working up to Street Department Superintendent until he retired on June 4, 2009. He attended St. John’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed dominos, cards and traveling.
Richard is survived by his son, Richard (MaryAnn) Keiser, Jr., Fremont, OH; grandson, Eric (Kelly) Keiser, Charlottesville, VA; great grandsons, Justin and Sean Keiser; brother-in-law, Roger Kemerley of Arizona; sisters-in-law, Peggy (Joe) Sloma, Fremont, OH, Maxine Kemerley, Upper Sandusky, OH; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother; wife, Lois Keiser; brother, Robert Keiser; companion of twenty years, Agnes Willis.
Visitation: Sunday from 3 – 8 pm at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home, 425 E. State St, Fremont, OH.
Service: Monday, November 23, 2015, 11:00 am at the funeral home with one hour of visitation prior to the service. Pastor Joseph Lees will officiate.
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Hospice of ProMedica Memorial Hospital or St. John’s Lutheran Church.
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I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I worked with Dick for three summers at the City Engineer’s office- I was one of many “Jimmy”s. He made those summers fun and I learned a lot of informal Fremont history from him. They don’t make them like that anymore. He will be missed.