LeRoy Kayser


May 20, 1929 - November 23, 2020


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.





None Scheduled


Thursday, December 3, 2020
10:30 AM
Live-steam: https://fb.me/e/dpAWxwNtj


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Diane Feiner on December 3, 2020
My sympathy & prayers to all of you. Pete was a great guy who always had a smile on his face along with his infectious laugh. I remember so many great memories from

the gun club. Hugs & prayers to all.
Posted by Jim and Toni Mohr on December 3, 2020
Our sympathy. We loved our visits with Bev and Pete. They both will be sincerely missed.
Posted by Betty Carmody on December 3, 2020
Your family will always have that smile and the memories. Good neighbors and friends!
Positive thoughts & prayers to All. Betty Carmody
Posted by Charlys Dice on December 2, 2020
My sympathy to the Kayser family. I knew the family from Litchfield school. Mary was in my kindergarten class.
Posted by Mike Crouch on December 2, 2020
Lots of blessed times with Uncle Pete. Deepest condolences for family. Rest In Peace. with love
Posted by Sandy Murray on November 30, 2020
I loved Pete’s stories and pranks! He and Bev raised an awesome family! He will be missed! Rest In Peace! You were loved!
Posted by Don and Barb Young on November 30, 2020
We always enjoyed Pete. He was never without a smile. Please know our prayers are with him and your family.
Posted by Kevin Knutson on November 30, 2020
Sorry to hear of Pete's passing, he was a good friend to Shelley and I
Posted by Linda (Kayser) Paulson on November 30, 2020
My deepest sympathy to my Kayser cousins. Uncle Pete was very special to all of us. When Pete would come to Platte to inspect the locker, we always looked forward to him coming to our house for lunch. He will be missed.
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on November 30, 2020
We send our condolences to Leroy's family & friends.

May all the Memories of life with him bring you Peace & Comfort all these days. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family during these difficult days
Posted by Jim and Donna Ridler on November 30, 2020
Our sympathy to Pete's family. Love you all.
Posted by Mollie Johnson on November 30, 2020
Uncle Pete a man of cheerful heart. Proverbs 15:15 that huge beautiful smile and loved by so many. Prayers to all my cousins🙏
Posted by Stokoe Elementary School Teachers on November 29, 2020
We're sending our prayers and love to your family.
Posted by Tammy Remmen on November 29, 2020
I will miss our calls and family stories he was the best
Posted by Steve WAGNER on November 28, 2020
Hard working, friendly man who always had a SMILE for me at Mitchell Gun Club. He was my friend and I shall miss him! Condolences to all.
Posted by Lorna Fuglesten on November 27, 2020
Will miss you uncle Pete, may you Rest In Peace.
Posted by Peggy Hiller on November 27, 2020
I am blessed to have known Pete! And also to have known Bev and the Kayser family! Pete was genuinely kind. I will surely miss his friendship. He always took time to say hello , also always having a good word to say. You will be surely missed,but we are all blessed to get to know Pete!
Posted by S. Joyce Feterl on November 26, 2020
Pete was always a pleasure to visit and a true gentleman. My sympathy to all his family. God bless!
Posted by Karen VanOverschelde on November 26, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to the Kayser family from the VanOverschelde family. What great memories! RIP Pete
Posted by Cindy Riddle on November 25, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the family! I had a nice visit with your dad not too long ago.........always enjoying his conversation. He loved his wood shop and making items for others. Loved his wooden chain,quite a piece!!! Pete was a wonderful, kind, patient, generous, loving and caring person. He loved you all and I ENJOYED hearing his stories. Pete’s love of life and sense of humor in his eternal home will be welcomed by all. Rest In Peace my friend😉
Posted by Gary Preszler on November 25, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Pete and I worked together for the State of SD for many years
Posted by Bill Bennett on November 25, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to the family
Posted by Tom Riddle on November 25, 2020
I was blessed to know him,true gentleman
Posted by Mary Ann Osen on November 25, 2020
Rest in Peace Pete! My sympathies to the whole family.
Posted by Countryside Living on November 25, 2020
Our staff and residents feel blessed to have known Pete. Someone so special can never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time.
Posted by Ray Korthour on November 25, 2020
My sincere sympathy to the family. Pete will be missed. Enjoyed spending many fishing trips to gather, good times. May God Bless.
Posted by Wes Pierson on November 25, 2020
Sad to hear of Pete's passing. I knew Pete for many years and always enjoyed a conversation with him. He will be missed.
Posted by Sue Schwab on November 25, 2020
My thoughts and love and prayers go out to you all, Uncle Pete will be missed
Posted by Janice Feiner on November 25, 2020
Sincere sympathy to all the Kayser Kids. Our family has so many good memories of Pete and his kids helping us at the gun club. Rest in peace, Pete, you've earned it!
Posted by Alice Schleich on November 24, 2020
My sincere sympathy to the family of Leroy! He was one of Nick's favorite cousins! May he rest in peace!
Posted by Michae and Lora Lohr on November 24, 2020
I am so saddened by the loss of Uncle Pete. I will miss his sense of humor and the sharing of our sound machines. Love and prayers to all of my cousins. May God bless
Posted by Becky Hollmann on November 24, 2020
Rest is peace Uncle Pete.
Posted by Marilyn Hedblom on November 24, 2020
So sorry for your loss. We enjoyed having him and Bev as neighbors all those years. My Bill and Pete are having a good visit I bet...Rest now ,Pete .Your work is done. God Bless .
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