Keiser, Kellen

Written by David Green.

Kellen Robert Keiser, 15, of Fayette,  Ohio, died Sunday morning, Sept. 26, 2010, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, after a courageous 16-month battle with leukemia.

Kellen was born June 25, 1995, in Bryan, Ohio, to Kirk and Christina (Sallows) Keiser. He was a sophomore at Fayette High School and was active in FFA, baseball, basketball, golf and band. He was a member of the Fayette United Methodist Church and was Fulton County’s 2010 Relay for Life Jr. Honorary Chair.

Kellen’s easy-going attitude and quick sense of humor blessed everyone who knew him. He lived his life without inhibition or fear.

Besides his parents, Kellen is survived by two sisters, Emilie and Zoee; grandparents, Robert and Kristine Keiser of Fayette, and Tom and Toni Sallows of Delta; one aunt, Kim (and Lynn) Kinsman of Archbold, Ohio; five uncles, Keith (and Shanda) Keiser of Morenci, Mich., Kraig (and Shannon) Keiser of Fayette, Les Sallows of Redlands, Calif., Scott (and Nora) Sallows of Wauseon, Ohio, and Kyle Sallows of Fayette; 14 cousins; great-grandparents, Louise Keiser of Archbold, Milton “Mick” and Barbara Schaffner of Waldron, Mich., and Virginia Colegrove of Fayette; and many step-aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Barbara Schaffner; step-grandfather, Jon Schaffner; and  great-grandparents, Ralph Keiser, Carl and Virguwyn Sallows, and Leslie “Bus” Colegrove.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at Fayette High School with Pastor Katherine Currier officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled Wednesday at Fayette High School from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Arrangements were made by Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
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    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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