Willis Keyser a long-time resident of the Mt. Erie area, joined his Heavenly Father on December 18, 2019. In celebration of his life, a memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. December 27th at Hosselton-Meredith Funeral Home in Cisne. Visitation will be 2 hours before the service at the funeral home with burial in the Brown cemetery, with military rites following committal service provided by Anthony Wayne Post 179 American Legion and VFW Wayne Memorial Post 4535.
Willis was born June 18, 1918, on the farm in the Mt. Erie area, the first son of Sam and Nell (Fitch) Keyser. Of humble beginnings, Willis valued family and hard work to achieve his dreams. He insisted on integrity and fairness to all. He served his country proudly in the United States Army as an officer during World War II for 43 months and the Korean War for 17 months. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois in agriculture, taught Vocational Agriculture for 4 years then after serving his country, moved back to the Mt. Erie area, begun farming and was the county supervisor for Farmers Home Administration from 1952 until his retirement in September 1977.
On June 24, 1943, Willis married Vera Cunningham. Together, for more than 73 years, they experienced the changing scenes of life in the joyous and fruitful companionship, which the Lord had entrusted to them. He leaves behind a daughter, Cheryl Grigg of Moweaqua, Illinois, granddaughters, Alison Williams (Jeremy) of Wenatchee, Washington, April (John) Fricks of Montgomery, Alabama, and 5 great granddaughters, Mackenzie, Malea ,and Lili Williams, Morgan and Makenna Dozier, Kaylee Fricks, Brother Walter (Bernadine) Keyser of Geff, and foster brother Dean Lambrich (Dorothy) and many nieces and nephews. Willis was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved his daughter and would be so excited when Cheryl would come to visit or when he knew he would be able to see his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He especially enjoyed horseback riding with his “girls.” He delighted in the successes and activities of his daughter, granddaughters and great granddaughters and enjoyed talking about them to everyone he met. He lived with Cheryl the last 3 years and 4 months in Moweaqua and enjoyed their special time together. Those who knew Willis knew that he was not afraid of death and strongly believed in Heaven. He devoted his time to Pleasant Hill Baptist church as a deacon, and servant of his Lord. He was reunited in Heaven with Vera, his parents, a brother, and two sisters. Willis and Vera lived very modestly but felt wealthy because they were surrounded by the love of family and friends. Willis will be sorely missed by all who knew him. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be given to “AG in the classroom” or Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in his name.
Hosselton Meridith Funeral Home in Cisne is honored to be entrusted with arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.meridithfuneralhome.com