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Donald J. Kiser
Donald J. Kiser, 87, died Sunday evening, Sept. 15, 2013, at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis. He was a resident of Greenwood.
Don was born May 20, 1926, in Marion. His parents were Jont Wise Kiser and Idris (Jackson) Kiser. He was the youngest of three children, having a sister, Peggy, and a brother, Gene (deceased).
During World War II, Don served two years in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater.
Don is survived by his wife, Mary Maxine (Bilyeu) Kiser. On June 23, Don and Maxine celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
In addition, he had two sons from his first marriage, Michael (Livia) Kiser and David (Rebecca) Kiser. He had two stepdaughters, Dianne (Rick) Birchler and the late Marti (Jim, deceased) Pope. Don had nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
After moving to Greenwood, Don and Maxine opened Don Kiser Cleaners and owned it for more than 25 years. Previously, he worked at Indiana Bell for 20 years.
Don graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis and attended classes at Purdue University.
Don was a member of Greenwood United Methodist Church, Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Greenwood Rotary Club, and the United States LST Association.
He loved watching football, especially the Indianapolis Colts, traveling and scuba diving. He was an accomplished woodworker.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens and Funeral Home, 1977 S. State Road 135, Greenwood. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be at 3 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood, accompanied by a rifle salute and the playing of taps.
Don will be missed by friends and family, including his caregivers of the past several years: Lauri Newman, Diane Holtgrave, Jamie Freije, Lecia Miller, Lisa Cothron and Patty Sherman — all of whom loved him dearly.
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