Retired Sgt. Maj. Donald Lavern Keazer

Retired Sgt. Maj. Donald Lavern Keazer passed away on Dec. 2, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Marion. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Don’s life began on May 4, 1947, in Marion, Kansas. He was the son of Curtis W. and Violet Mae ( Weber) Keazer. Don was a 1966 graduate of Wichita North High School and Butler County Community College.

He served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 through 1972 and later served in the Kansas Army National Guard from 1981 through 2000. Don was the former chief of police for the City of Marion, a transport deputy for Marion County and had been a truck driver.

He was united in marriage to Loretta (Smith) Keazer on Oct. 1, 2016, in Marion. Don was a member of the Aulne Church. He was an avid fisherman, Green Bay Packers fan, Boston Red Sox and Wichita State fan.

He is survived by his wife Loretta of Marion; children Mikki (Seth) Larson, Marion; Casey (Kelly) Keazer, Emporia; Roger Hudlin, Edgerton; and Jason (Kerri) Hudlin, Ketchikan, Alaska; grandchildren Ashton and Reese Oursler; Curtis, Arien and Nikola Keazer; Zach Hudlin, Elizabeth Headley, Courtney Poley, Kyle Hudlin, Jake Hudlin and Amber Power; seven great-grandchildren and his brother Gerald (Sharon ) Keazer, Bentley, Kansas.

Don’s family will gather with friends on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. for his memorial service at the Aulne Church led by Pastor Jeff Lee. He will be laid to rest in Claney Cemetery at a later date. Yazel- Megli- Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion is serving the family. Memorial contributions in Don’s name may be directed to USD 252 Honor Flight Fund (Ople and Hartford) or the Aulne Church.

 Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Don at www.ymzfh.com.