Clifford Dean Keyser, age 82, of Rapid City, S.D., passed away March 15, 2013 in his home.
Clifford, son of Lowell and Mayme Keyser, was born February 25, 1931, at Grindstone, at his Grandparents Keyser's home on Ash Creek with his Grandmother Keyser and Grandmother Burjes as midwives.
He grew up in the Dowling-Ash Creek area of Haakon County, northwest of Philip. He attended the first two grades of his elementary education in Philip and the remainder of his elementary education in rural schools, attending Quinn High School in Quinn. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1950-1954.
Senator Tim Johnson presented a certificate to Clifford Keyser for serving within the boundaries of the Combat Zone during hostile outbreaks, June 25, 1950, of the Korean War. He returned home to help his dad on the ranch until his parents moved to Philip and he took over the ranch until he moved to Rapid City where he resided until his death.
Grateful for having shared hislife are his wife, Gale Keyser, Rapid City; daughters, Tanya (Mark) Larive, Sturgis, Tracie (Dean) Huffman, Wheatland, Mo.; stepdaughter, Pam (Ray) Kruse, Gillette, Wyo.; stepsons, Joe Cash, Gillette, Wyo., and Charlie Potts, Atlanta, Ga.; 12 grandchildren, Gunnar Foss, Shania Larive, Myles Keyser, Breonna Thompson, Dustin Thompson, Murphy Potts, Darcy Potts, Lisa Cash, Nicole Cash, Shelby Cash, Casey Cash and Cassidy Kruse; three great-grandchildren, Brody Keyser, Riley Keyser and Aubre Hoffman; three brothers, Donald (Mary) Keyser, Rapid City, Arlen Keyser, Ft. Pierre, and David (Claudia) Keyser, Bedford, Texas; and two sisters, Gayle Nielson, Longbeach, Calif., and Charleen Stern, Denver, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Mayme Keyser; his wife, Arlene Keyser; and brother, Clair Keyser.
Memorial services were held March 20 at Westminister Presbyterian Church in Rapid City with the Rev. Bob Jacobs officiating.
Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.