Saturday, March 6, 2021

 Charles Richard Keiser

Charles Richard Keiser was born June 23, 1938 at the family farm on Kane Road in Stockbridge Township to Walter and Viola (Kelch) Keiser. He passed away February 24 with family at his side.

He married the love of his life, Virginia (Elmer) on July 27, 1963; they celebrated 57 years together. They were blessed with four children who survive him: Annette (Joe) Varkoly, Alese (Mark) Wordley, Aaron (Colleen) Keiser, Adele (John) Janetzke; and six grandchildren: Stephen and Lauren Varkoly, Julia and Nicole Wordley, Rosalyn and Ethan Janetzke, and grand-dog Mya.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, LaVern, Valbert, Mary Rose, Amelia, and Ruth Ann. His brothers Robert and Donald survive him.

Chuck graduated from Pinckney High School with the class of 1956 whereupon he enlisted in the Army and was honorably discharged. He worked at the family’s block plant and also as a carpenter and draftsman. He later graduated from Michigan State University and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees along with his teaching certificate. He primarily taught middle school industrial arts (wood shop) and math at both Waverly and Williamston and retired after 30 years of service.

Chuck and Ginny built a business together renting homes to countless community members over the last 55 years, most of whom became friends as well as tenants. He learned to raise bees from his dad and provided the community and family with locally sourced honey and the occasional glass of mead by a hot fire.

His passion for learning led him to learn to carve and he has blessed his family with many carvings by which to remember him. His garden at the farmhouse will continue to provide fresh asparagus and berries long after his passing.

He was committed to his community and church and was a man of great faith who often prayed for others, volunteered regularly, and did not hesitate to give to those in need. He donated over 15 gallons of blood in his lifetime, which he said was just a small way he could help others. Proudly, he was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends at the local breakfast tables.

Chuck Keiser’s legacy will live on through his true character and the lessons he instilled in others, particularly his children. He will be remembered for his kind and generous soul.

A Rosary was held on Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00 pm at St. Mary Catholic Church in Williamston. On Thursday, March 4, viewing took place at 10:00 am in the church, followed by a mass of the resurrection at 11:00 am.

Interment will be at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Youth Group

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