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Gene Keister

Keister, Gene R., age 97, passed away on January 9, 2017 at Hillspring of Springboro.  He was born near Germantown, OH on April 27, 1919 to the late Vern and Maude (Gensler) Keister.  Gene graduated from Germantown High School and married his beloved wife Bertha in 1942 and they celebrated 67 years together.  Gene served with the U.S. Calvary in World War II as a Sergeant in the 104th Calvary Recon Squadron European Theater.  He and his wife moved to Cincinnati where he worked at Auto Lite for several years.  Later he moved to Middletown where he worked at the Post Office for 25 years.  In his younger years, Gene enjoyed roller skating (where he met his wife), woodworking, raising gourds and making gourd crafts, and making and repairing clocks.  In retirement, Gene and his wife enjoyed traveling.  For more than 50 years he was an amateur radio operator licensed as W8HYJ.  He was a member of Ohio Army MARS (Military Affiliated Radio Service) for over 30 years, and served 17 years as a personnel officer.  He was also a member of the former 4F club of Union Chapel Church for 30 years, and 1st United Methodist Church of Middletown for 66 years, serving on Staff Parish Committee and Board of Trustees.  Gene was a loving and devoted husband and father.  Survived by 2 daughters Marilyn Clark of Franklin and Brenda (Kerry) Byrd of Middletown, and 1 son, Ronald (Veda) Keister of Franklin, 2 grandchildren Sarah (Seth) Meyer and Sean Keister, step grandchildren Dawn Williams, Danny Byrd, Donna Warman, Susan DeGoosh, Sheri Fields, Sandie Simms, Terry Clark, Tim Clark, Grace Burkhart, and several step great grandchildren.  Per Gene’s request there will be private graveside services with Rev. John Wagner officiating at the convenience of the family.  Interment of cremains will be at Germantown Union Cemetery.  If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the 1st United Methodist Church, 120 S Broad St.  Middletown, OH 45044.  The family wishes to thank the staff at Hillspring of Springboro and Dr. Leah Avera’s staff for their care and compassion.

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Dear Brenda & Kerry, Marilyn, Ron and families -------------------------------------------- We're deeply sorry for your family's loss of a wonderful man.What a great life your father has lived, and what a dear kind man Gene was. May all he's done in life inspire and give courage to you all, may memories, love and care shared live on in your lives. God's comfort be with you. Grace & Peace. With love, Kevin & Sara ((Hugs))

Kevin & Sara K Jan 16 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Ron and Vida, Marilyn, Brenda and Kerry, We were so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Over the last 50 years I have many memories of your Dad as a witty, hard working, loving, family man that was always quick to smile. The world is a poorer place now.

Hank Rossi Linda Tolbert Jan 16 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Brenda, Marilyn & Kerry, So sorry to hear about your loss. You are in mythoughts during this difficult time. Dan

Daniel Prawucki Jan 12 2017 12:00 AM

Brenda and Kerry, We would like to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. Being your next door neighbor for many years, we observed the love that you both had for your father and his love for you. Your interaction with your father was beautiful to watch. We know you will miss him. Rick and Myra

Rick and Myra Atkinson Jan 11 2017 12:00 AM

Marilyn, Brenda, Ron, and all family members, we share in your loss today and want you to know our deepest feelings and love we send at this time.I think I was around your father only on one or two occasions, yet I felt his kindness and intelligence, and certainly believe it when you say he was a good father.After reading the obituary, I only wish I had known him years earlier.Treasure your memories.

Royce and Dessie Clark Jan 10 2017 12:00 AM

Ron and Veda, you have our deepest condolences on the passing of Ron's dear father.We have so many fond memories of him and Bertha over the years.It was especially nice to see him at your wedding last year.We pray that God blesses you with only happy memories of your many years together.Karen Carmickle and Mark Heistand

Mark Heistand Jan 10 2017 12:00 AM