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Maurice Peter Keezer

Maurice Peter Keezer of Overland Park, Kansas, went to his Heavenly home on July 10, 2014. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Valley View United Methodist Church, Overland Park, Kansas. Burial was in Temple Cemetery, Temple, Oklahoma.

Pete was born to Maurice Joseph Keezer and Jeannette M. Steiniger Keezer on July 17, 1930 in New York City, New York. He attended elementary school in New York City and later in Fairlawn, New Jersey, until age sixteen when he left to serve with the United States Army at the end of World War II. Upon completion of basic training he was assigned as a tail gunner on a B-17. He flew in the Berlin Air Lift. In September 1947 the Army Air Corps was recognized as the United States Air Force. In June 1950 North Korea invaded South Korea. Pete’s unit was assigned to Izumi, Japan. His aircraft was shot down while flying over Korea. They were rescued by a U.S. Navy submarine. In later years, Pete flew as an inflight refueling specialist in KC-97 and KC-135 aircraft.

While stationed at Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kansas, Pete met LaRae Bowen. They were married in August 1958. After over twenty years, Pete retired from the United States Air Force in 1968.

During his years in the service and after retirement he continued his education and graduated in 1977 with a bachelor of arts from Park University, Parkville, Missouri. After retirement from the military Pete worked in a variety of management positions including the first city administrator in Cabool, Missouri.

Pete had two children by a previous marriage, his son Joseph and wife Irene who reside in Katy, Texas, and a deceased daughter, Lou Ann who is buried in El Paso, Texas. With wife LaRae, Pete had son Kyle Scott and daughter Kristi Anne. Both reside in Overland Park, Kansas. Pete is survived by grandchildren Justin, Kalin and wife Linsey, Kassandra, Kristopher Kit, Kaite Beth, a step-grandaughter Victoria and two great-grandchildren, Xavier and Wyatt. He is also survived by his sister Jeannette and brothers Vincent, Kenneth and Clifford and their families. His sister Cora and brother Joseph are deceased. Pete has many nieces and nephews.

Pete served in many community positions. He is past president of the Kansas City, Kansas Kiwanis Club, served on the Kansas City, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce, was chairman of the board for the Salvation Army, was a Cubmaster and Scoutmaster. He taught Sunday school at Wyandotte UMC and Heritage UMC. He was also Master of Old Mission Lodge, Prairie Village, Kansas, and belonged to the Overland Park Masonic Lodge. He served at District Deputy Grand Master of District IV, and was active in many other Masonic organizations including York Rite, Scottish Rite and was an officer in the Greeter unit of Ararat Shrine, Kansas City, Missouri. Pete belonged to the Korean War Veterans Association, American Legion and to VFW Post 846. Pete remained active with his service affiliations belonging to the 90th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Association and attended reunions annually.

Pete never met a stranger. He was loved by many and will always be remembered for his constant smile and beautiful singing voice.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice House, 12000 Wornall, Kansas City, Missouri.

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