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John Robert Kiser dies in California

John Robert “J.R.” Kiser, 53, died September 12 from injuries received in an accident while he was working on the docks in Los Angeles Harbor.

A son of R.F. Kiser and the late Diana Rae White (Fukagawa), he was born in Hollywood, Calif. After living in Hawaii for three years, he moved to Kentucky in 1973 and was graduated from Jenkins High School, where he was known as “Kentucky Hula.”

In high school, he was a Boy Scout and received the Order of the Arrow. He also played football and was involved with the ROTC program.

Kiser was an U.S. Army Ranger, serving in Vietnam and Europe, and received the Purple Heart. He was a senior logging engineer in the oil industry for 15 years and was the geo-thermal engineer head of an American crew in Indonesia for a year. He became a longshoreman in 1997 and was a member of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13.

Surviving in addition to his father are his wife, Pamela Kiser; two daughters, Tara and Sheila, two granddaughters, Amanda and Angela; and a sister, Kathy.

Funeral services were held September 20 at Forest Lawn Mortuary in Cypress, Calif.

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