FAIRFIELD — Walter Lee Keyser, 90, of Fairfield, Illinois passed away Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital at Fairfield, Illinois.
Walter was born October 7, 1929 at Geff, Illinois to Samuel A. and Nellie (Fitch) Keyser. He married Iva Lorene Myers April 2, 1949 at Henderson, Kentucky and she preceded him in death June 14, 1994. He later married Bernadine (Murphy) Lee July 1, 1995 at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church near Mt. Erie, Illinois and she survives.
Walter was a farmer, retired after thirty years as District Director with USDA and FCIC, and, also worked in the oil business for twenty years as a Claim Adjuster for Elysium Oil. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church for eighty years and was a clerk and trustee for forty years. He was a boy scout leader at Mt. Erie and loved to fish and hunt. Over the years, he made over seventy-five trips to Canada hunting and fishing. He was known to many as “Moose Hunter”.
Walter is survived by his wife Bernadine Keyser of Fairfield; one daughter Sherry (Kim Hofer) Baker of Edwardsville; three sons Larry (Donna) Keyser of Cisne, Sam (Teresa) Keyser and Greg (Kim) Keyser of Geff; one step-son Steve Lee and one step-daughter Carole Ann (Bill) Musgrave of Fairfield; and one foster brother Dean (Dorothy) Lambrich of Cisne. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren Eric (Georgia) Keyser of Portland, Oregon, Erin Keyser of Hanover, Heidi (Jamey) Hodges of Fairfield, Ryan (Michelle) Keyser of Geff, L. T. (Sharanda) Keyser of Cisne, Randy (Chrissy) Keyser of Fairfield, Jordan (Jenni) Keyser of Terre Haute, Indiana, Meghan (David) Yandell and Ethan (Chynna) Keyser all of Cisne, Angela Obrecht of Collinsville, J. R. (Erika) Obrecht of Glen Carbon, Megan (John) Millner of Wheaton and Ryan Lowe of Romeoville. Twenty-one great grandchildren and two on the way, four great-great grandchildren, three step grandchildren and four step great grandchildren also survive.
Preceding him in death were his parents Samuel and Nell Keyser, his first wife Iva Myers Keyser, one son Rickie Keyser, two brothers Willis and Wallace Keyser; two sisters Wilma Denny and Wanda Hooper, one step daughter-in-law Linda Lee, one step grandson Jonathan Lee, and two sons-in-law William Baker and Dr. Larry Lowe.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church near Mt. Erie. Visitation will be 1 p.m — 3 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery near Mt. Erie.
Memorials may be given to Compassion Pregnancy Center at Fairfield or Fairfield Memorial Hospital Skilled Care Unit and will be accepted at Hosselton-Meridith Funeral Home or at the church.
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