St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Jonesburg Area Optimist Club in care of Pitman Funeral Home P.O. Box 126 Warrenton, MO 63383
Richard Lee Kaiser, life-long resident of Jonesburg, Missouri, passed away January 29, 2015 in Harlingen, Texas, having attained the age of 75 years, 3 months, and 19 days. He was born on October 14, 1939, in rural Jonesburg, the only child of Charles W. and Sylvia Marie Witte Kaiser. He lived his entire life on the family farm north of town. On October 10, 1959, he married his wife, Muriel Elaine Baugh Kaiser in St. Paulís Lutheran Church North of town. They were blessed to have 55 wonderful years together, and to have four daughters; Christina, Phyllis, Nancy and Karen.
Richard loved everything farming, and was always ready to help further agriculture and his community. He was the first FFA member of Montgomery R-II School District to receive the Missouri State Farmer Award. He worked in management for Garst Seed Company for 35 years, while continuing to maintain his farming operation. Richard was a member of Jonesburg Area Optimist Club, and served as president of the local club, as well as Lt. Governor of the district. He was a charter member of Missouri Corn Growers, and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, serving the latter group as President. He was on the board of the Northeast Missouri Ethanol Plant, the first of its kind to be activated in Missouri. He helped to organize and raise the funds to finance the plant in Macon, now known as Poet. He was a member of Missouri Soybean Association and Missouri Cattlemenís Association.
Richard was a life time member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church, having been baptized, confirmed and wed in the original Church just less than a mile from his home. He served his Church as Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, and also served as Elder for several years. He loved Cardinal Baseball, had a great knowledge of the players, and watched them religiously on TV during the season. He also loved country music, and enjoyed dancing with his wife. He was an avid bird hunter, and went on many expeditions to hunt pheasant and quail in his younger years.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Sylvia Kaiser, parent-in-laws, T.J. and Floy Baugh, and one brother-in-law Lynn Branson. He is survived by his wife, Muriel of the home, his four daughters, Christina Kaiser and husband Andrew McQuie, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Phyllis Reagan and husband Dennis, Montgomery City, Nancy DíRosario and husband Mark Severance, Colorado, Karen Payne and husband Ken, Shreveport, Louisiana. By nine grandchildren, Nicole Reagan Larkin and husband Brian, Stan Reagan and wife Kaley, Troy Reagan and wife Ashley, all of Montgomery City, Lauren, Alec, and Maria DíRosario, Severance, CO., Allison, James Richard and Gracie Payne, Shreveport, LA., five great-grandsons, Jackson and Levi Larkin, Keaton, Karter, and Cash Reagan all of Montgomery City, one sister-in-law, Charlotte Breakfield and husband Carl, of Truxton, two nephews, Andy and Bruce Branson and their families, many cousins, and other relatives and friends.