Daryl Keiser, 82 - June 17, 2012
Daryl Harlan Keiser, 82, of Gothenburg died peacefully on Sunday, June 17, 2012, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
Services will take place at the American Lutheran Church on Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Matthew Groenke and Lonna Grabenstein, PMA, officiating. Interment will follow at the American Lutheran Cemetery.
A visitation will be conducted at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg on Thursday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with family members present from 6 to 8 p.m.
Keiser was born Oct. 30, 1929, to Renke and Rosena (Plank) Keiser at the family farm north of Gothenburg. He attended elementary school at rural School District 92 and graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1948.
He married his high school sweetheart, Donna Ludwig, on Dec. 2, 1951, at Christ Lutheran Church in rural Gothenburg. Following their wedding, they traveled to San Francisco from where he shipped out to serve two years in the Korean War.
When Keiser returned from serving with the United States Army, he and his wife moved to the Ludwig family farm and began farming. He stewarded the land as a gift and calling from God as he believed that with farming and ranching, he was living out his call to help feed the world, said family members.
He also believed in teaching good stewardship of the land. He and his wife hosted nearly 30 international students of agriculture and went on numerous mission trips related to farming including to Haiti serving through Water for Life, as well as other countries.
Keiser served on many county, state and national agricultural organizations and received numerous awards for his work including Outstanding Young Farmer and the Dawson County Cattlemen Hall of Fame. He was blessed to run the family farm until he could pass it on to his sons, and that his four sons continue in agriculture was a tremendous joy for him, according to family members.
He and his wife were the parents of five children, four sons and a daughter. His children and grandchildren were the joy of his life, family members said. He taught them well and is famous for his “Daryl-isms.” He was awarded “Father of the Year” in 1976, and he was “Grandpa Keiser” to every child he met.
?Keiser was a lifelong member of the church, Christ Lutheran Church one-half mile from his childhood home, and then the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg, witnessing to his faith through his faithfulness, leadership and music. He passed on a great strength of faith to all his family and felt blessed that his daughter became an ordained pastor, family members said.
He was a musician and sang for weddings, funerals and as a part of many musical groups. He was proud to continue to serve his country as a member of the Honor Guard, and he loved antique tractors, always having time to take anyone for a ride.
Keiser and his wife traveled extensively, having visited every continent in the world except Antarctica. They traveled to all 50 states, 47 with their fifth-wheel camper.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Renke and Rosena Keiser; brothers—Ed (Gladys) Keiser and Donald (Doris) Keiser; a sister, Verna (Dewey) Keiser Hudson Trimble.
Survivors include: his wife of 60 years, Donna of Gothenburg; his children—Bruce (Pat) Keiser of Colby, KS, Brian (Torey) Keiser, Doug (Vickie) Keiser and Joe (Carol) Keiser, all of Gothenburg, and Gloria (Don) Keiser Dovre of Williamsburg, IA; 14 grandchildren—Michael, Nathan, Kelly (Shane), Amy, Katie, Tiffany, Jason, Anders (Jen), Nels, Jurgen, Inga, Emily, Heath and Helene; sister-in-law, Glenda (Bob) Wilson of Gothenburg; brother-in-law, Bob (Jan) Ludwig of Lincoln; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Ave. G, Gothenburg, NE 69138 and Water for Life.