Clair E. Keyser

Clair Keyser, age 75, Wasta, SD, died February 24, 2010, at the Lund Home Hospica House in Gilbert, AZ, with his wife by his side.

Mass of Christian burial was Wednesday, March 3, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall, with Father Leo Hausmann as celebrant.

Music was provided by Rita and Gene Patterson. Ushers were Nick Feller and Doug Kleinschmit. Pallbearers were Norbert Sebade, Brett Blasius, Randy Walker, Gary Keyser, Dave Keyser and Greg Rolland.

Interment was Wednesday, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Clair Eugene Keyser was born August 7, 1934, at the home of John and Nellie Burns, north of Philip, SD, to Lowell and Mayme Keyser.

When he was a young boy the family moved to Oregon in 1938, living there six months before returning to Philip. The family moved to Dowling in 1940 where he attended elementary school at Park, Bridger Creek and Callahan country schools. He attended high school at Quinn, SD, graduating in 1953.

He was employed with Peter Kewitt & Sons in South Dakota and Wyoming, driving a scraper, building roads.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958, spending some time in Greenland.

He married Marilyn Rolland Hook on December 26, 1964, at the Catholic Church in Quinn, and to this union three children were born, Wendy Marie, Jeff Michael and Jay Mitchell.

Clair was employed at the Badlands Bar in Wall and the Wall school. In 1970, the family moved to Wasta, where he raised hogs and they had a motel before being employed with the Pennington County Highway Department out of Wall, retiring in 1997.

Clair was a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wall. He was a former Jaycee, and served on the Wasta Town Board for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Keyser, Wasta; two sons, Jeff Keyser, Hawthorne, NV, and Jay Keyser and his wife, Nancy, Double Oak, TX; one daughter, Wendy Anderson, Fresno, CA; six grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; four brothers, Clifford Keyser and his wife, Gail, Rapid City, David Keyser and his wife, Claudia, Lancaster, TX, Donald Keyser and his wife, Mary Alice, Rapid City, and Arlen Keyser, Ft. Pierre; two sisters, Gayle Marie Nielsen, Long Beach, CA, and Charleen Ann Stern, Denver, CO; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Clair was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Mayme Keyser.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall

Online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Clair's name has been established at First Interstate Bank in Wall, P.O. Box 402, Wall, SD 57790.