G. Robert Keiser

Born: Sat., Jun. 6, 1925
Died: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017


Private Cremation


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 24, 2018
Location: Guss Funeral Home, Inc.


Graveside Service

9:00 AM Tue., Mar. 27, 2018
Location: Arlington National Cemetery


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     G. Robert Keiser, CDR, USN, Ret., 91, of Mifflin, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at his home in Nook.

     He was born June 6, 1925, in Spruce Hill, Juniata County.

     He is survived by one daughter, Kim Keiser of Mifflin, one son, Robert K. Keiser and wife, Crys, of San Antonio, Texas, four grandchildren, Robert, Sarah, Jonathan, and Daniel Keiser of San Antonio, Texas, and one step-sister, Connie Page of Livingston, Texas.

     He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Betty M. (Foltz) Keiser, on Sept. 13, 2001, his mother, Alma Swartz Ritter, his father, George S. Keiser, his step-mother, Sara "Sally" (Bair) Keiser, his step-father, Clair Ritter, one step-sister, Nancy Lutz, and his companion, Virginia Foltz.

     He graduated from Lewistown High School in 1943 and attended the Army War College, College of the Holy Cross, University of Southern California, and Defense Language Institute.

     He was a 24 year veteran of the U.S. Navy where he was a pilot of various Navy lighter and heavier than air craft, including the Goodyear ZPG-3W, the Lockheed WV-2/EC-121 Super Constellation, the Grumman S2F, and the Douglas R4D. His tours took him throughout the United States, Europe, and South and Central America. After retiring from the Navy, he was a life insurance underwriter for United Republic Life Insurance Company and Vice President of United Data Co.

     He was a member of Quiet Birdmen, Naval Airship Association, Tuscarora Amateur Radio Association, Ocean Lodge F&AM, the Granlogdor Guayaquil-Ecuador, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Crescent Shrine, Beale Township Fire Company, VFW Post 5863  and was a Trusty Shellback and one of the Sons of Neptune.

     He enjoyed flying, photography, ham radio, telling hangar stories and making people laugh. He was a good man and always tried to help others.

     His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Guss Funeral Home, Inc., with Rev. Charles Hershberger officiating..

     He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at 9 a.m. with full military honors accorded.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, PO Box 337, Mifflin, PA 17058 or to the Naval Airship Association, PO Box 700, Edgewater, FL 32132-0700.

     Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third Street, Mifflintown has care of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com.

Charitable donations may be made in G. Robert's memory to the following organizations:

Naval Airship Association
PO Box 700, Edgewater, FL 32132-0700

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
PO Box 337, Mifflin, PA 17058

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Bob Keiser
   Posted Fri February 24, 2017
We miss you, Dad!

There are a lot of pictures of Commander Keiser at this link:

https://www.flickr.com/people/27998042@N00/photosof

Dr robert kaufman and all the members of the ww2 flyers club
   Posted Sat February 25, 2017
We all send are heart felt condolences to the family of Commander Keiser.When they say officer and a gentlemen they had Bob in mind. He will be greatly missed by all

Gayle Arbogast
   Posted Sat February 25, 2017
Bob was a kind and caring friend to many. We will miss you my friend.

Sue (Bodley) MacTarnaghan and Family
   Posted Sun February 26, 2017
Bob, Crys and Family and Kim,
I wanted to express my sympathy to your family for the loss of your Dad. May God Bless you and comfort you each day as you cherish the memories of him. I always enjoyed hearing updates on Bob and his family when I would see Commander Keiser.

Prayers and Blessings to you.

Desiree Mummah
   Posted Sun February 26, 2017
Dear Kim and Bobby, I was so sorry to hear about your dad. You are in my prayers and thoughts. Desi

Greg Ellis Family
   Posted Sun February 26, 2017
Bob,Kim and family So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I'll miss as he said (our lying sessions) when I came up to hunt. Cherish the memories. Thoughts and prayers. Greg

DEB REYNOLDS AND CAROL BRYNER
   Posted Mon February 27, 2017
TO BOBS FAMILY I WAS SO LUCKY TO HAVE KNOWN YOUR DAD I LOVED HIS STORIES. HE WAS A GREAT MAN. I WILL MISS GOING TO SEE HIM. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE. BOBS LITTLE HELPER DEB

Joan Blake
   Posted Mon February 27, 2017
Dear Kim and Bobby,
So saddened to hear of Uncle Bob's passing. He was a great man. Loved both your parents.
Please let
Me know when you have a date for the memorial. I would like to
Attend. Love to
All.

steve copenhaver
   Posted Mon February 27, 2017
Kim, Sorry to learn of your fathers passing but I'm sure he is in a much better place now. Be thankful you were able to be part of his life for as long you were.

Your old Pal,
Steve Copenhaver

BJ (Watts) Doray
   Posted Tue February 28, 2017
Kim and Bob,
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing he lived such a long wonderful life. I cherish all the great memories of coming to your home as a child and teenager with my parents. What fun times I had and loved both your Mom and Dad and all the stories of their travels about the globe. Kim I can remember being in your bedroom playing Beetles songs and laughing in the back yard doing cartwheels during "air bath" time! I am sure there was a party on his arrival in Heaven with all those that have gone before him. Love and peace to you both.

Bob Keiser
   Posted Thu March 02, 2017
Thanks, everyone, for your condolences. It means a lot.

I thought I'd share a quick story. Dad's "laundry number" in the Navy was 223. Dad noticed the number used to come up a lot in his life, and for fun he played 223 in the lottery as often as he thought about it. It even paid off a couple times.

It's not lost on me that God has the ultimate sense of humor, taking him home on...2/23.

God is good, all the time!

Darv Dombach
   Posted Sun March 18, 2018
Bob, I'm sorry to hear of your dad's death, but glad to hear that he lived out a long life. May God give you and your family comfort during this time, particularly as you reflect on his goodness.