Keith Lysinger, 92 - August 22, 2007
Keith Laddie Lysinger, 92, of Boise, ID, died August 16, 2007, in Boise.
The celebration of Lysinger’s life will be Thursday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies, in Boise.
He was born July 21, 1915 in Phillips, NE. He was the fifth son of Isaac and Emma Lysinger. The family included sister, Gertrude, and brothers Garrett, Richard, Herbert “Nick” and Don.
The Lysingers moved to Sargent in 1926 where Laddie attended grade school through high school, graduating in 1933. In the next five years, he harvested wheat in South Dakota, pumped gas at a filling station, worked at a movie theater, attended Kearney State Teachers’ College and played in a dance band.
In 1938 he set out in an old Chevrolet truck with his uncle Dave to mine for gold in Idaho City. After six weeks of panning gold, he had $13, so he joined the Idaho Guard band to earn money to return to Nebraska and to Kearney College.
Throughout his years at Kearney , he led and played trumpet in his dance band, “Laddie Lysinger and His Orchestra.” In 1940, he married his high school sweetheart and lifelong love, Virginia Perrin. The Lysingers had three daughters, Dianne, Mary, and Jo.
In 1941 he graduated with a degree in music education and taught band and choir in the Nebraska school system.
Lysinger was drafted in 1942 and joined the Army Air Corps. He earned his pilot wings and was an instructor at Big Spring, TX. Thus began a life long passion for flying. He was a member of the Nampa Flying Club and was the commander of the IDAHO Wing of Civil Air Patrol from 1978 to 1984. He maintained his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying until he was 83.
?After a long career as a band and choir director, the family moved from Gothenburg to Boise in 1964. He was a guidance counselor at Meridian High School until his retirement in 1980.
?He shared his love of music with his family and friends and inspired many of his students to pursue music careers. He was a member of the Boise Shrine Band for 30 years and its director for many of those years. He practiced his cornet every day until he was 91.
His wife, Virginia, died in 1985. He is survived by his daughters and their families: Dianne and Kent Franzen of Lexington, NE; Mary and Ralph Getchell of Boise, ID; and Jo and Vernon Banks, also of Boise; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
Services are under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made in his memory to the Department of Music and Performing Arts, University of Nebraska at Kearney, attn: Ron Crocker, 905 W. 25th Street, Kearney, NE 68849.
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