Lewis Rodney Kaiser, 78
Lewis Rodney Kaiser, 78, passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 14, 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 8, 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 nine 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 repackaged 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; three children, Jeff Kaiser of Houston, Texas, Karen Nichols of Three Rivers and Kathy Melville of Jackson; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and 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.
Visitation will be Saturday, April 18, from 1 to 2 p.m., at Gaddis Methodist Church in Comfort, Texas. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m., with Carolyn Maguire officiating.
Cremation will follow the funeral service with private interment of cremains at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in Lewis Kaiser's memory to the Comfort Table, Pass It On, or to the charity of one's choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting www.schaetter.com
Arrangements are being provided by Schaetter Funeral Home of Comfort, Texas.