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John S. Keister

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On July 1, 2012 @ 6:19 pm In Obituaries | 6 Comments

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John Shenk “Jack” Keister, 86, a former vice president of marketing for Sperry-New Holland Machine Company, and longtime Lancaster resident, died of natural causes June 30 at his home in Moravian Manor in Lititz.

Mr. Keister spent his entire career with New Holland Machine Company. He joined the company’s sales force in 1948 and served as a district sales manager and a regional sales manager. He was appointed vice president of marketing of both the North American and European divisions and spent several years in Belgium.

Mr. Keister was born March 6, 1926, in Shippensburg, Pa., to B. Jane (Shenk) and Guy Keister. He graduated from Shippensburg High School and attended Franklin and Marshall College before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He fought in the Pacific theater during World War II and, after the Japanese surrendered, was assigned to a group of Marines that occupied northern China.

Returning home, Mr. Keister married Martha Heim in 1947. He graduated from Peirce School of Business Administration before joining New Holland Machine Company.

In 1981, Mr. Keister began a long and enjoyable retirement, spending summers at his beach house in Avalon, N.J. He often bicycled around the island, played a lot of tennis and organized bocce games on the 68th Street beach.

In addition to his wife of almost 65 years, survivors include two sons, Stephen, married to Jill Levine of New York City, and Kim of Washington, D.C.; and two daughters, Kerry Kadushin, married to Steve of Lancaster, and Jill McBride, married to Gary of Atlanta. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Kelly Westcott, Andrew Miller, Matthew Keister, Julia Keister, Kinsey Close, David McBride, David Kadushin, and Laura Parsons; and three great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brother, Richard Keister and a granddaughter, Amanda McBride.

Mr. Keister’s memberships included St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Manheim Township and Shriners International.

Memorial contributions can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 50118, Hagerstown, Md. 21741-5018, or to Moravian Manor, 300 West Lemon St., Lititz, Pa. 17543.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service in the Klein Chapel in Steinman Hall, Moravian Manor., 300 W. Lemon St., Lititz, PA. on Thursday, July 5th at 10:00 A.M. A visitation will be held in the Klein Chapel on Thursday from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Condolences for the family of “John S. Keister”

Condolence from Ed and Lori Hagaman on July 1st, 2012 10:02 pm

Kerry and family,

Our hearts were saddened to hear of the loss of your dad and great guy to many. Know we care and share your sorrow. Love you all.

Condolence from Irv & Beverly Aal on July 2nd, 2012 12:39 pm

Marty and family, Beverly and I extend our deepest sympathy at this time of loss and sorrow. I have always felt it was my privilege to have worked for/with and Jack. His mentorship played a large part in my career for which I will always be grateful. We wish you God’s peace.
Irv & Beverly Aal

Condolence from Bill Hogan on July 4th, 2012 8:07 am

I was saddened to hear of your dad’s passing, and Lucy and I wanted to extend our deepest sympathy to you and everyone in your family at this time of loss. I feel that I came to know Jack through you this past year, and certainly his vibrant spirit lives on through all his children, grandchildren, and great-children. Reading the messages above, it doesn’t surprise me at all that he was a great friend and mentor to many.
We’ll be thinking of you and your family in this time of remembrance.

Condolence from David Helm & Janet Hirsch on July 4th, 2012 9:40 pm

Kim, Marty, Steve, Kerry and Jill – so sorry to hear about Jack’s passing. I always enjoyed his sense of humor and love of ice cream….lots and lots of Lancaster memories. Our best to you all.

Dave & Janet

Condolence from Carole Scheldrup on July 8th, 2012 11:35 am

Dear Marty and family.

I’ve been out of town on vacation and missed Jack’s funeral and feel so bad I couldn’t be there to express my deepest sympathy to all of you.

What a wonderful gentleman and neighbor.
He was always so kind to me when I moved to Greenview 6 years ago. Both of you were always so great.

Please know that I’m thinking of you and will be both writing and contacting you very soon. I send much love, Carole.

Condolence from Nat Netscher on July 9th, 2012 12:02 pm

I remember Jack fondly through our relationships at New Holland and Greenview Terrace. I regret I was unable to attend the services for him. In my book, he was one of the “good guys.”
Nat Netscher

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