Lewis Rodney Kaiser passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at Hill Country Memorial Hospital within a few hours after checking in. He enjoyed a normal day on Sunday, mowing the lawn, taking care of normal daily tasks and visiting with friends and family. He had breakfast Monday morning in his usual fashion while enjoying the sunrise view of Old Comfort Farm. True to his nature, when he decided to do something, he did it quick and with no hesitation.
Lew was born in Toledo, Ohio on July 8th, 1936. He spent his first 24 years in the Toledo area. Lew called Ohio, Colorado, Montana, Utah and Michigan home before settling in Comfort, Texas in 1992.
With only 9 years of “formal” education, Lew’s biggest teacher was “daily life”. He worked his way up in the early days as a route delivery driver for a soft drink company, and door to door vacuum cleaner sales to retiring at the young age of 55 as the Marketing Director and VP of one of the nation’s largest wholesale distributors of automotive products. As an entrepreneur, he also owned a successful jewelry store, a country and western themed amusement park, and a company that re-packaged bulk automotive products for retail sale.
Lew loved history and was an avid reader. His true passion surfaced when he purchased the “Old Comfort Farm” in 1992 and spent many years farming, ranching, and raising animals.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Kaiser, 3 children, Jeff Kaiser of Houston, Texas, Karen Nichols of Three Rivers, Michigan, and Kathy Melville of Jackson, Michigan, 6 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren, sister and brother in law: Lois and Don Ramsdell of Toledo, Ohio
By his own words, he lived a very good life. He considered his children, work and the loves in his life to be his successes, and lived by the words “be fair”. Although crusty around the edges, he had a good heart to those in need and lived life on his own terms. He left his mark on the land, and on many lives in this world. He will be missed dearly.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday April 18th at 2:00 p.m. in the Gaddis United Methodist Church with Carolyn Maguire officiating.
Cremation will take place following the funeral service with private interment of Cremains at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Comfort Table, Pass It On, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Visitation for Lewis Kaiser will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in Gaddis Methodist Church in Comfort.