John "Ken" Keirsey, son of the late Luther Sylvanus Keirsey and Lelia Burton Keirsey, was born on March 2, 1926 in Leachville, Ark., and died on Oct. 13, 2007, in Dexter.
Mr. Keirsey was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter, retired from Union Pacific Railroad, veteran of the United States Navy serving in World War II, Korean War, and Navy reserve. After retirement, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of forming a bluegrass band, "The Black Mountain Boys". He sang and played mandolin and guitar. Mr. Keirsey was a resident of Dexter.
On June 14, 1949, he was united in marriage to Betty Holder in East Prairie. Mrs. Keirsey survives of the home in Dexter.
Other survivors include four sons, Kenneth J. Keirsey of Warrensburg, Steve Keirsey and Keith Keirsey of Dexter, and Scott Keirsey of Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Toni Schmalzried of Bridgeport, Texas, and Lori Mell of Bartlett, Tenn.; two brothers, Joe H. Keirsey of Redding, Calif., and Carl Griffin of San Diego, Calif.; two step-brothers, Wilburn Griffin of Albuquerque, N.M., and Shelby Griffin of Paragould, Ark.; two sisters, Carolyn Linninger of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Pat Rister of Horn Lake, Miss.; two step-sisters, Johnnie Glover of Modesto, Calif., and Uvelle Wright of Rialto, Calif.; also 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Keirsey; one sister Pauline Yeager; and by one step-brother, Jarrell Griffin of Sikeston.
Visitation was held at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2007.
Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at 10 a.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter with Dr. Curtis Porter officiating. Interment followed in the Blodgett Cemetery.