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 Melvin Eugene Kizer

Melvin Eugene Kizer

Harlan, Allen County, Indiana, USA
Death 11 May 2013 (aged 92)
Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, USA
Burial Harlan, Allen County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 111463392 · View Source
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MELVIN EUGENE KIZER, 92, of Sarasota, Fla., left this earth and joined the heavenly choir on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Born in Harlan, he was the youngest of four children and a son of the late William R. and Gracia M. Kizer.

Melvin attended the local schools and graduated from Harlan High School in 1939. Melvin was an ordained minister and member of the Brookside Evangelical Mennonite Church, Fort Wayne. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Indiana University for one year while also receiving Navy flight training at the V-5 Naval School. While serving in the United States Army, beginning in April of 1944, he attended the Armed Forces Institute and studied journalism.

After being stationed in France, Austria and Germany, he received an honorable discharge in February of 1946. Later, he also served in the Western Reserve from 1957 to 1960. Furthering his education, he attended Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, studying journalism and psychology. He graduated from Fort Wayne Bible College with a B.A. degree in missions.

His career spanned a wide variety of professions. He worked as a casualty insurance inspector; a quality control employee and inspector for General Electric Company, and the Hughes Aircraft Corp in California. His passion for life was serving Christ.

Melvin and his wife, Nancy H., served many years in Hong Kong, China and Macau, under OMS International, Inc. He served as business manager for the field. He attended the Chinese Language Center, becoming proficient in the Cantonese language, and served as a part time Lecturer of English at Hong Kong Shue Yan College.

He served as Liaison between the British and Hong Kong government as overseer for the construction of a 10 story educational building, for the use of OMS and the Hong Kong Evangelical Church. That facility served both as a retreat and training center for seminary classes, as well as offices for OMS and HKEC. Out of their love for the Chinese people, they helped establish the Ko Chi Road reading center in a newly planted church, Yan Ying, which has recently celebrated it's 30th Anniversary.

Since returning to America, he was a substitute teacher in Florida and Indiana, and also taught ESOL. Following the death of Nancy, he returned to China where he taught the English language to hotel, business and industry employees.

He is survived by his loving wife, Darla C. Kiser; son, Mickey Kizer of Defiance, Ohio; son-in-law, Kevin Zeller of Defiance, Ohio; grandsons, Scott (Ruth) Graber of Stryker, Ohio and John K. Zeller of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two granddaughters, Mrs. James S. Goudie of Acton, Mass. and Emily S. Zeller of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Dianne (Jim) Henderson of Fort Wayne; and two great-grandsons. He was also preceded in death by first wife, Nancy (Hostetler) Kiser; and daughter, Laenette Zeller.

Memorial service is 11 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2013, at Grace United Methodist Church, Hicksville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to One Mission Society (OMS), PO Box A, Greenwood, IN 46142. Arrangements by Hockemeyer Funeral Home, Harlan.

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  • Added: 30 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111463392
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Melvin Eugene Kizer (13 Mar 1921–11 May 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111463392, citing Harlan Memorial Cemetery, Harlan, Allen County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by JC (contributor 46984629) .