Gary Wells Keyser
1972 - 2021
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"God saw him getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around him and whispered, Come to Me." Gary Wells Keyser passed peacefully from this world on Sunday, January 3, 2021, in Covington, Louisiana. Gary was born November 27, 1972, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Wendy and Gary Keyser. He attended Our Lady of Mercy Parochial School from kindergarten through grade seven, and Catholic High School from grade eight until graduation in 1990. Gary began his college studies in the fall of 1990 at Southeastern Louisiana University and simultaneously enlisted in the Louisiana Air National Guard at age 17. After one semester at SLU, he was ordered to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, followed by an assignment to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, for specialty training. Upon completion of his training at Sheppard, he was assigned to the 214th Electronic Installation Squadron at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans while he completed his college education at Southeastern, majoring in Business Management. He was also a member and officer of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. Gary applied for, was accepted, and completed officer training at McGhee Tyson ANG base in Tennessee in 1999, returning to Louisiana as a Second Lieutenant and was transferred to the 159th Fighter Wing of the Louisiana Air Guard stationed at Belle Chasse Naval Air Station where he supervised aircraft maintenance and munitions operations. During this time he was selected to attend pilot training at Sheppard AFB; he returned to the 159th for active service and where he later served as a group intelligence officer and Operations Security (OPSEC) for the Air National Guard. His military awards and decorations include the Basic Training Graduate Ribbon, Firearms Expert Ribbon, Air Force Achievement Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Armed Forces Service Medal with "M" device, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon, Louisiana Emergency Service Ribbon, Louisiana Achievement Medal, Louisiana War Cross, and Louisiana Longevity Ribbon. During his tenure with the Air National Guard, he participated in many overseas deployments and supported numerous state and federal emergency responses.One of his treasured memories was driving and assisting in the delivery of the "Spirit of Louisiana", the first fire engine built and commissioned in Louisiana to assist the City of New York in the replacement of lost fire equipment after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. He retired from the Air Guard with the rank of Major after more than twenty years serving his country. Gary enjoyed boating and being on the water and riding motorcycles, but his greatest pleasure was being with his children; he had an active interest in all they were interested in, all they participated in. Gary is preceded in death by his brother, Kevin Ryan Keyser; his maternal grandparents Marjorie and Wally Wells; and his paternal grandparents Sybil and David Keyser. He is survived by his deeply-loved daughters Kate, Abby, and Emma Keyser; and former wife Claire Landry of Mandeville; his parents, Colonel (Ret) and Mrs. Gary L. Keyser; brothers Michael Keyser and Chris (Lauren) Keyser and nieces Caroline and Lillian Keyser all of Baton Rouge; niece Kelsey Keyser and nephew Karson Keyser of Roseland, Louisiana; and very special and devoted friend Ashley McMenamin of Covington. He will be missed by all. Burial will be private.

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Published in The Advocate from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2021.
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22 entries
January 21, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Janice- Daughter of Darlene Ramsey Ramsey Sampson
January 9, 2021
Gary this is Hudson Jones. I don’t know if you remember me at the State Land Office when I worked with Joey but I wanted to extend sympathy to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.
Hudson Jones
Coworker
January 8, 2021
Dear Gary, Wendy, Michael and Chris. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I know we didn't see you guys often, but I always truly enjoyed hanging out with those Keyser boys. My dad, brother and I still reminisce fondly about the Thanksgiving when you came over to Shirley's house (2008 maybe?). Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ian & Jane Carolyn McNamara
Family
January 7, 2021
Gary, I already miss your kindness and your enduring smile. I wish things were easier for you, brother, and I’m tremendously sad that you’re gone. I will always remember you as an example on how, no matter how hard things were for you, you never - ever - stopped being kind and gracious to others. I’m glad we got to serve together, and I’m glad we were friends. I’ll miss you buddy.
Jesse Hasenkampf
Friend
January 7, 2021
My most sincere and deepest condolences to your family for your loss. Kevin and Gary both played vivid roles in my childhood memories. May you feel God’s loving arms around you all at this most difficult time.
Katie Heroman Houston
Friend
January 7, 2021
Gary, Wendy, Michael, Chris
No words can express our deepest sympathies for you. We can only pray for you and hold dear our memories.
Glen&Debbie Kent
Friend
January 7, 2021
A loss of a friend and colleague, Gary always did his best! May your spirit fly high! Bill
William Doran
Served In Military Together
January 7, 2021
Wendy and Gary, We are so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. When he stayed at the farm we enjoyed his smile and cheerful attitude. He will truly be missed. Noel Brumfield and Judy Darby
Noel and Judy
Friend
January 7, 2021
Truly one of my dearest comrades I've served with in my 29 years.
Dwade Clay
Served In Military Together
January 7, 2021
Gary and Wendy I am sorry for your loss. The Holy Spirit watches over Gary and Kevin Now. Cat Cobb
Catheirne Cobb
Friend
January 7, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Wendy and Gary keep the memories of your son in your hearts.

I am a former employee of the Louisiana Dept. of Justice.













Dianne Jenkins Shelmire
Acquaintance
January 7, 2021
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of E.J. Fielding Funeral Home
January 7, 2021
So sorry to hear this
Gary was a nice young man
May the Lord Jesus Christ hold his family close Giving them the strength to face all their tomorrows
God Bless and May Gary Rest In Peace
With Deepest Sympathy,
Chief Chuck and Patricia
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Patricia Barrois
Coworker
January 7, 2021
I worked with Gary in the Guard. So sad to hear of his passing. He always had a beautiful smile in his face. Fly High my friend.
Amy Thomas
Coworker
January 7, 2021
One of the only officers I could relate to as an NCO; one I respected & enjoyed talking with about anything. All around nice guy. Sad to hear about his passing.
Paul Treuting
Coworker
January 6, 2021
I served with Gary more than 20 years ago. I remember him as very kind, genuine and fun to be around. He was a true salt of the earth guy! I extend my sincerest condolences to the Keyser family. May the passage of time subdue your grief and leave only happy memories. I’ll keep you all in my prayers.

Very Respectfully,
James McMahon
Served In Military Together
January 6, 2021
In this time of grief, your family is in my thoughts and prayers; I will forever be grateful for the time I spent while serving with Gary! As his family/friends were well aware, Gary was always one to keep things on the lighter side with his story telling ability and just all round great demeanor. You will be missed my friend....Rest Easy! Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Sam Laws
Served In Military Together
January 6, 2021
Major Keyser...Gary, you were a truly great man to the core. An infectious personality and a smile that could light up the room. Rest in Peace.
Kelby Belgard
Served In Military Together
January 6, 2021
My condolences for your loss of Gary. I lost my only child last year so I know the pain. Prayer and recalling happy times has helped me. Please know I have you in my heart.
Steve Mendelsohn
Friend
January 6, 2021
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Alison Pulliam
January 6, 2021
You will be so incredibly missed by all of us who had the amazing privilege to work with you for many years. May you continue to watch over your family from Heaven and be with Kevin.
Alison Everett
Coworker
January 6, 2021
You’ll be missed. Glad I was able to have known you for many years my friend!!
Scott Reeve
Coworker
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