The Greenville, Ohio, Daily Advocate carries a story this week about Jeff Keaser, a member of the Grace Brethren Church in Greenville who lost his battle with cancer on October 31. Pastor Danny Wright performed the funeral service for Keaser, who was also a first responder, on Saturday. “I’ve never been involved in a service for a fallen firefighter, it was pretty incredible to play a part,” Wright said. (Keaser’s wife, Ellie, is also a member of the church.) A portion of the story about Keaser appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Click here to read Keaser’s obituary.
Keaser’s journey ends
GREENVILLE — Jeff Keaser fought the battle of his life the best he could after he was diagnosed with cancer less than a year ago, and he even planned the activities that led up to his funeral on Saturday.
“He never gave up,” said Allen Keaser, his brother.
According to Allen, his younger brother planned most of the events around his funeral. Jeff, he said, wanted his funeral to be on Saturday because he hated it when he couldn’t go to pay his respects to someone at a funeral home because of working through the weekday.
“Things that happened Friday and Saturday were his wishes,” Allen said. “He refused to go into a nursing home, so he made a living will and wanted no life support.”
Allen said he and Jeff were the two youngest of the five Keaser children.
“We were always the closest,” Allen recalled. “We did everything together. I could call him in a split second to help if I needed him and he would come and vice versa. We covered each other’s backs.”
Allen was cleaning out Jeff’s truck Thursday morning when called for this interview.
“It will be in the funeral procession,” he said. “Jeff was a friend to everybody, and he was very reliable.”