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Carl E. Keysor


Carl Ellsworth Keysor, of Lakeview, passed peacefully to heaven at 12:10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.

He was born April 15, 1919, in Stokes Township, Logan County, the son of Norman E. and Cretoria Arthur Keysor, who preceded him in death. On June 15, 1946, he married Elsie Christina Wildermuth, his loving spouse of 38 years, who passed to eternity on June 18, 1984.

Survivors include his beloved daughter, Diana (Philip) Centers of Lakeview; his  granddaughter, Erin (Keith) Wilson of Lakeview; his grandson, Scott Centers, of Orlando, Fla.; three great-grandsons, Oliver, Maxwell and Jackson Wilson, who resided with him near Lakeview; brothers-in-law, Ermine (Marlene) Wildermuth of Wapakoneta, Ralph Zwiebel of Jackson Center, and Richard Sailor of Jackson Center; a sister-in-law, Ludema Wildermuth of Botkins; and numerous nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews

He also was preceded in death by his loved in-laws, Mildred and Robert Weidel, Vernon Wildermuth, Marcille Sailor and Miriam Zwiebel.

He was a 1938 graduate of New Hampshire High School. He earned a bachelor of civil engineering degree in 1948 from The Ohio State University. Upon graduation from college, Carl went to work for the New York Central Railroad, where he worked on track alignments and grading. He was inducted into the U.S. Army the following year. Assigned to the medical corps, he was sent for more studies at the University of Illinois, where he earned an additional engineering degree in sanitation. At that time he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Carl was posted to Ft. Lewis near Tacoma, Wash., where he was an instructor in sanitation techniques.

After leaving the Army, he worked as an engineer in southern Ohio before accepting a position as the deputy county engineer for Logan County. In 1978, he retired after 20-years of civil engineering service at the Ohio Department of Transportation at Sidney where he worked on highway design.

Carl had a goal to be the oldest working, licensed professional engineer in the state of Ohio and continued to earn continuing education credits in classes past the age of 92. He went to work for Jackson Center in 1989, a post he held through early 2012.

An avid reader, Carl enjoyed history, travel and nature. He was a devout Christian who led many activities at his life-long church, Grace Chapel Christian Union. He sponsored and supervised many youth activities and duties at Camp Greenfield. He also was lovingly dubbed “The Family Chaplain” by his extended family always eager to lead prayer for the group at gatherings and holiday meals. His Arthur and Keysor cousins were always close to him and kept in touch throughout life.

Carl introduced his in-laws to Lake Hope in the 1940s while working as an engineer on a hospital construction project in Nelsonville. He led many family retreats to the area for more than 60 years introducing five generations to the joy of hiking the wooded trails.

Carl was dearly loved by his entire family, his church family, and many people who had the privilege to know him. His joy and laughter will long be remembered.

The Rev. Scott Anderson will begin funeral services at 11 a.m., Monday at Grace Chapel Christian Union Church in Santa Fe. Visitation is Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview, and at the church one hour prior to services.

Burial is in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Gutman.

Memorial contribution may be given in Carl’s name to the Grace Chapel Christian Union Church, 9491 Santa Fe Line Rd, Wapakoneta OH 45895.

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