LeRoy Kayser, 91, of Mitchell, SD, died November 23, 2020 at his home under hospice care. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Thursday, December 3, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. A graveside service open to the public will be 11:30 AM Thursday, December 3, at American Legion Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
A live-stream of the funeral service may be viewed at: https://fb.me/e/dpAWxwNtj
LeRoy “Pete” Kayser was born on May 20, 1929 in Emery, S.D. to John and Margaret (Schleich) Kayser. Pete went to school there and helped work the family farm. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Aug. 8, 1951, and was sent to fight in the Korean War as a member of the 304th Battalion, Signal Corps. It was in Korea that his lifelong love of photography and videography first served posterity well, as he took dozens of striking photographs of the war-ravaged landscape as well as the daily lives of the Korean people. He was a member of several veterans organizations for most of his life, including the American Legion, the VFW, and The 40 & 8.
Pete returned home from his Army service in July of 1953 and began his career serving the state of South Dakota, working for the Animal Industry Board from 1956 to 1994.
He married Beverly Ann Mohr on Dec. 3, 1960 and together they raised seven children: four boys and three girls. Larry, Douglas, Deb, Mary, Mark, Kevin and Kathy all knew that their parents loved them fiercely. Pete and Bev were together for 57 years until her death in 2018.
A devoted Catholic, Pete spent 50 years worth of Sundays as an usher at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell.
He enjoyed fishing and woodworking. Although the fish may not be evident, his many woodworking projects certainly are - everything from quirky brain puzzles to beautiful pieces of furniture adorn the homes of his children and grandchildren, a tangible remainder of his love for his family.
Pete’s practical joke “fart box” was with him until the end, proof that he maintained the joy of life even through its final moments.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Mitchell VFW Post 2750.