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“Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. What a wonderful reunion in heaven. Bob and Ruth (Chauncey) Farnsworth ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Bob and Ruth Farnsworth - Carter, SD

“Keizer Family:So sorry about your loss. I enjoyed many afternoons visiting with Dale at coffee at Mr. G's. I am sure he is enjoying reuniting with...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Mike Gassen - Bellwood, NE

“To the Keiser family so sorry about Dale but I'm sure he is excited about being with all his loved ones that have gone on ahead, Ruby, Dave and Steve...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Ruthie Norberg - burke - Friend

“Dear Barb and family,You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time and I know that you made your father's last days...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Dianaj Syfie - Ainsworth, NE

“We are very glad we were able to visit Uncle Dale this past August. He was so upbeat and happy, that he made us happy. We will never forget you,...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Jerry and Marcia Updike - Atlanta, TX

“Dear DaleUntil we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.john ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: John Hanson - Bridger, MT


Dale Eugene Keiser, son of Henry and Lena Keiser, was born September 15, 1929, at his parent's home in Tripp County, along with his twin sister, Dorothy.

At a young age growing up on the farm, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and caring for the farm animals. Dale attended South Irwin School through eighth grade. While in Dallas High School, he participated in basketball and football. After graduation in 1948, Dale remained on the family farm working with his father.

On December 3, 1950, he was united in marriage to Ruby Sampson in Winner SD. They were blessed with four children. Dale enjoyed the country life while he was actively involved in his children's activities.

After retiring from farming, Dale drove truck for several years. In 2004 they moved to Gregory, where he spent many hours restoring tractors.

For the past two years Dale has lived at Silver Threads Assisted Living in Gregory. He passed away January 11, 2017 at the age of 87 years.

Grateful for having shared his life are his children; two daughters, Barb (Mike) Adams of Vermillion, SD and Sally Woodden of Red Lodge, MT; two daughters-in-law, Trish Keiser of Gregory, SD and Ingrid Keiser of Colleyville, TX; grandchildren Nichole (Jeff) Keiser Boeding, Chris (Amy) Keiser, Mindy (Andy) Keiser Hall, Eric Woodden, Sylvia and Monika Keiser; great grandchildren Zach and Kelsey Boeding, Mariah, Cassidy, Colt and Landon Keiser, Jackson, Ruby, Judy and Elsie Hall, and Ellie and Tillie Woodden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruby, of 58 years; two sons, Dave and Steven; one son-in-law, Steve Woodden; his parents; mother and father-in-law; one brother, Ruben; and two sisters, Esther and Dorothy; and two infant grandsons.

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Funeral services for Dale Keiser, 87, of Gregory, SD, were held Monday, January 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gregory with Pastor Clay Lundberg officiating. A visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral.

Music was provided by Bette Fogel, pianist, and Clay Lundberg, soloist, singing "How Great Thou Art" and "I Can Only Imagine." Recorded music was "Daddy's Hands" by Holly Dunn. Congregational song was "Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone."

Mariah Keiser was in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were Cassidy Keiser and Kelsey Boeding.

Casket Bearers were Eric Woodden, Chris Keiser, Jeff Boeding, Mark Burket, Carson Kellog, Myron Johnston, and Jeff Sampson.

Honored guests were the Silver Threads residents and staff and the Gregory Avera Hospital doctors, nurses, and staff.

Interment was in the Hillview Cemetery, Dallas, SD.