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Jerry Keyser

November 25, 1939 November 27, 2018
Jerry Keyser
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Obituary for Jerry Keyser

Jerry Keyser, age 79 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Sturgis Hospital.
He was born November 25, 1939 in North Liberty, Indiana son of the late Kenneth A. and Sarah Elizabeth (Robinson) Keyser. Jerry moved to Sturgis in 1954 coming from Plymouth, Indiana and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the Class of 1958. In high school, Jerry met the love of his life Karen Sue Bowman and they were married on November 26, 1960.
Jerry was a dedicated employee, working early in life for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company as a driver and for the Transogram Toy Company. He later worked as a steel rule and die maker for Sturgis Carton for 20 years and retired from Auburn Packaging after 16 years of dedicated service.
Many fond memories were made with his family including travelling out West, cruising the oceans, and watching tournament basketball games. Jerry enjoyed winning at Euchre and the blackjack table at the casino. He loved woodworking and helping his family with construction projects. He and Karen loved spending time with the grandchildren and he had a knack for showing up in pictures at every opportunity, otherwise known as “photo-bombing.”
Jerry was a sports enthusiast. He loved to compete; often telling stories of when he was the quarterback and middle linebacker for Sturgis High School. He was an athlete, excelling in many sports including basketball, track and fast pitch softball for area leagues including the Orange Machine. He was passionate about Notre Dame Football and Indiana Basketball. In retirement, he enjoyed playing softball in multiple leagues while wintering in Florida. Jerry was a passionate spectator who could always be found in attendance at the school events of his children and grandchildren.
Jerry loved His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and faithfully attended Holy Angels Catholic Church with his wife. He was a member of the Eagles and a very good friend.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Karen Keyser of Sturgis; three sons Randy (Pam) Keyser of Middlebury, IN, Mark Keyser of Mount Airy, MD, Keith (Holly) Keyser of Sturgis, MI; 12 grandchildren, David (Laura) Keyser of Lake Orion, MI, Mitchel Keyser of Houston, TX, Katie Keyser of Elkhart, IN, Andrea, Rachel, John and Joe Keyser of Middlebury, IN, Seairra Keyser of Silver Springs, MD, Morgayne Keyser of Orlando, FL, Jackson Keyser of Mount Airy, MD, Alexandra (Daniel her fiancé) Keyser, Kelsey (Austin) Nusbaum of Cincinnati, OH; one great grandchild, Hank Keyser; three sisters Lois LaMere of Pekin, IL, Sheila (Tom) McBride of Elkhart, IN, Mary LeCount of Elkhart, IN; one brother Wayne (Joyce) Keyser of Elkhart, IN; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Sutton of Leesburg, FL and Sharon Bowman of Sturgis; a brother-in-law Carl Marks of Sturgis; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws Harold “Bud” and Vina Bowman; four sisters, Dollie “Dotty” Pike, Gloria Marks, Charlotte Craft and Bonnie Keyser; two brothers, William Keyser and Jimmy Keyser; four brothers-in law Bruce LaMere, Robert LeCount, Lloyd Pike Sr., and Gary Bowman; and one grandson Matthew “Mighty Matt” Keyser.
The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, December 2nd at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331. A funeral service celebrating the life of Jerry Keyser will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 3rd at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 402 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI. The Reverend Evelio Ramirez will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the services at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Keyser’s memory consider the Sturgis Foundation/Mighty Matt Keyser Fund, 310 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091. The obituary is also at www.hackmanfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.


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Visitation

Sunday

2

Dec

2:00 PM 12/2/2018 2:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 12/2/2018 6:00:00 PM
Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes

114 S. Nottawa Street
Sturgis, MI 49091

Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes
114 S. Nottawa Street Sturgis 49091 MI
United States

Service

Monday

3

Dec

11:00 AM 12/3/2018 11:00:00 AM
Holy Angels Catholic Church Fellowship Hall

402 S. Nottawa Street
Sturgis, Michigan 49091

Holy Angels Catholic Church Fellowship Hall
402 S. Nottawa Street Sturgis 49091 Michigan
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oak Lawn Cemetery Final Resting Place

300 E. South Street
Sturgis, Michigan 49091

300 E. South Street Sturgis 49091 Michigan
United States
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