Peter Ronald “Pete” Keiser

May 21, 1942 ‒ December 12, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

Mansfield: Peter Ronald “Pete” Keiser passed away Saturday evening, December 12, 2015 in Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. He was 73.

He was born May 21, 1942 in Mansfield to parents Harold and Katherine (Deschner) Keiser. After he was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School with the class of 1961, he proudly served his country by joining the US Navy in 1964 during the Vietnam War serving on the Flagship USS Chicago.

A beautiful young lady, who was only a few years behind Pete in school, named Barbi Lashey caught his eye and the pair were married on August 3, 1968.

Pete was a very active guy. His high school 440 relay team was outstanding, taking first place at many meets. As years went on you could almost always count on seeing Pete as he volunteered for every Mehock track and field meet. He enjoyed being active and being outdoors. He was active playing racquetball and enjoyed success at the State and National level winning many medals. Above all else Pete enjoyed being out on the family farm. His passions were hunting and fishing with his nephews.

He is survived by his loving wife Barbi Lashey Keiser; Sister Janet (Charles) Bender; nephews Michael Bender (Dawn), Thomas (Tracey) Bender and Charles (Carrie) Bender; great-nieces and nephews Justin, Rachael, Tyler, Dylan, Tristan, Tucker and Alec. He is also survived by a daughter Whitney and a granddaughter Emma.

In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by a brother Harold “Sonny” Keiser.

His family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, 2015 in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Ave, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday morning. Celebrant Dave Roberts will officiate. Military honors will be performed by Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. A graveside service will be held at Mansfield Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Pete’s memory may be made to the Mansfield YMCA or to the Mansfield Senior Athletic Department. Pete always wanted the Mehock Relays to stay in Mansfield and always talked about having a new track and field building built and would have loved to have these contributions go toward kick starting that process. Contributions may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Pete’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • Barbie and family please accept my condolences on Pete’s passing. I used to play and watch Pete play racquetball. He was always a pleasure to watch and talk to. Very competitive but very humble with his talent. I know he will be missed, but remember the good times.

  • To the family of Pete Keiser: Please accept my most sincere and deepest sympathy. My memory of Pete was him stopping in at the greenhouse when he would be at the farm. He enjoyed sharing many hunting stories and was easy and interesting to talk to as he had so many interests. May your faith give you strength, your memories give you comfort. May God’s love give you peace.

  • Thoughts and prayers to your family, Pete will be missed by his classmates of MHS class of 1961, he always attended the class reunions and will be missed. May he rest in peace.