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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