William P. Keiser, 89, of Plunketts Creek Township, passed away unexpectedly at home in his garden a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday.
He was born on July 22, 1930, in Mifflintown, the son of the late Leon Paul and Mildred Shirk (Lawver) Keiser.
Bill began his education in a one room school in Juniata County. He graduated from Montoursville High School in 1948. He is credited with naming the yearbook the ‘Sock after the creek that ran beside the State Pheasant Farm at Slabtown where he lived.
Bill continued his education earning his bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College. He earned his master’s degree from Penn State University and then entered into the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged and began his teaching career in 1955 at Juniata High School teaching math and driver’s education. He also taught in the Plainview Old-Bethpage School system, the Howard B. Mattlin Junior High School and the John F. Kennedy High School before retiring in June of 1990.
Throughout his teaching career, he served multiple terms on executive boards of teacher’s associations as well as serving as president or co-president of the faculty. He was also granted a General Electric summer fellowship to Rensslaer Institute as well as a National Science Foundation full year fellowship to Louisiana State University.
After retirement, he bought his parents’ home in Barbours where he enjoyed the pleasures of country living; gardening, lawn work, song bird feeding, canning, cooking, needlework, and baking. Known by many as “The Cookie Guy,” he prided himself in baking and counting thousands of Christmas cookies each year and mailing them to friends and family across the country.
He was predeceased in death by his sister, Elizabeth Jane Kuhns.
His brother, Richard Leon Keiser Sr., of Warminster, survives him. Although, after his sister’s passing, Bill spent much of his time with his grandniece, Michelle (Jason) Metzger, and his great-grand niece, Emerson Metzger. He had multiple generations of nieces and nephews that he spoke of often.
There will be a graveside service with military honors on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 10 a.m. in Twin Hills Memorial Park, with Rev. David B. Letscher officiating.
Active until his last day, Bill continuously said “Age is just a number. I am growing older, I am not growing old.”
Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.
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