January 16, 1929 – March 13, 2022
John K. Kiser, of Grand Junction, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, March 13, 2022.
He was born on January 16, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, to Paul and Elizabeth Kiser. John attended college and later joined the Air Force where he served as a staff meteorologist, liaison officer and navigator in the Air Weather Service and achieved the rank of major.
John managed gas stations in Yellowstone National Park and worked as a Coors representative in Kansas. He learned to fly airplanes in Wichita where he earned his ATP and later became a professional corporate pilot. He served as Chief Pilot and Flight Service Manager for National Banks of Colorado. He flew primarily in Colorado and surrounding states servicing bank loans to farms and ranches. He loved his job.
He retired in 1992 and became a farmer in Redlands Mesa between Delta and Hotchkiss, where he raised dairy-grade alfalfa. In 1998, he moved to Fruita and grew hay for horses. John enjoyed hauling, driving, fixing and washing his tractors and farm equipment.
John was married to Sandra, in Teasdale, Utah, in June 1982. They both enjoyed exploring the Utah backcountry west of Hanksville with their two dogs, Whipper, a miniature dark brown poodle, and Charlie , a springer spaniel. In addition, in their family, over the years, there were burros Chester, Jenny and Sassy. The newest of their beloved pets was Cassidy, another dark brown miniature poodle, and Busy Bee cat.
John enjoyed going to the Western Implement auction and the Grand Junction gun show. He liked talking to people and had many friends. He belonged to the Delta Elks Lodge and was a member of the VFW, AOPA, AFA and the National Western Stock Show. His hobbies included photography and target shooting. John was a strong person and a good person. He was well liked. May he rest in peace.
He attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fruita for a few years.
Arrangements are under the direction of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary and burial will take place at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery on March 28, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. A reunion of family and friends will be held afterward.
Donations to HopeWest Hospice, Roice-Hurst Humane Society, Loma Cat House or a charity of your choice.
Published by The Daily Sentinel on March 23, 2022.