David Harold Keiser

January 5, 1949 - December 24, 2010
David Harold Keiser


David Harold Keiser, age 61, of Wilmington, NC passed away Friday, December 24, 2010 at his home after a very short battle with cancer.

David had lived well with the non- terminal disease of Parkinson’s for 12 years. He was a loving husband, son, brother and uncle.

David was born in Coldwater, Michigan. He served in the US Army with a tour in Vietnam. He was an avid Historic Preservationist here in “Olde” Wilmington for over 30 years, where he restored six historic homes and moved two of those to save them from demolition. With a Bachelor of Science in Business from UNCW, an Associate’s Degree in Computers and his Real Estate License, he maintained his self-renovated homes through his business, Historic Rental Apartments. He was also a civil war buff and collector of many related artifacts.

David was predeceased by his father, Joe Edward Keiser and nephew, Stuart Edward Benson.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Deal Keiser and his beloved cat “Pinky” of Wilmington; mother Allene V. Keiser of Belville; brother Phil Keiser of Belville; sister Kathleen Face and husband Allen of Leland; sister Patricia Jane Grainger of Leland; nephew Kyle Russell of Raleigh who was like a son; special niece Beth Mills and husband Adam of Burgaw, and great nephew Joel Benson of Wilmington. Three additional sisters-in-law and their husbands, another niece, 6 more nephews, 7 great-nieces, 4 great-nephews, 2 wonderful caregivers, exceptional neighbors and great friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 3736 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC with the Reverend May Craven officiating. Family will receive friends at the church following the memorial service.

His mother requested her favorite poem, “Warm Summer Sun” by Mark Twain:

Warm summer sun, Shine kindly here, Warm southern wind, Blow softly here, Green sod above, Lie light, Lie light. Good night, dear heart, good night, good night.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the National Transplant Assistance Fund, C/O Beth Mills. Call 1-800-642-8399 or go to www.transplantfund.org for more information.

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Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • January 07, 2011
    Bert Williams says:
    Mary Ann We were out of town after Christmas and surprised to see David's obituary in the newspaper upon return. I am sorry for your loss and wish the best for you in the future. If there is anything that you feel I could assist you with, please let me know. Bert

  • December 27, 2010
    Mary Delmar says:
    I am so sorry to hear that David passed. He will be dearly missed. I will always remember all the times we have had in the early days of turning our neighborhood around. It just will seem very strange to me not seeing him across the street.

  • December 27, 2010
    George Edwards says:
    Mary Ann, I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Historic Wilmington Foundation and the Wilmington preservation community have lost a good friend and preservationist. George

  • December 27, 2010
    David and Phillis Thompson says:
    Mary Ann, Our hearts break for you and all your family. David was a good man who will be fondly remember for all the care he gave to his family, his friends, and his beloved Wilmington. You are all in our prayers. David and Phillis Thompson

  • December 27, 2010
    Linda and Richard says:
    Mary Ann, We are so sorry to be out of town at this difficult time. Your niece was so kind to phone us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and as you know, we will miss our good friend and neighbor dearly. Linda and Richard