William (Bill) Kiser passed away peacefully at his home in Sonoma with his Family by his side on Sunday, May 7 th , 2023. Bill was born in Napa, California on October 7, 1930. His family moved to Sonoma in 1943. He graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 1948 where he was Student Body President. In 1951 Bill was called to serve his country in the Army during the Korean War. He achieved Sergeant First Class and was awarded the Service Medal with a Bronze Service Star, a United Nations service medal, and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He presented a surprise gift to his family when he arrived home from Korea on Christmas Eve 1952.
In 1964, he was introduced to a local teacher Cecile Boom. He and Cecile later married and celebrated their 58 th wedding anniversary last December.
Bill is survived by his wife Cecile, children Patrick, Matthew (Elena), and Kathleen Welch (David); grandchildren Katie, Greg, and Isabel; and brother Don. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Ferd and Iva; brothers Rich and Bob; and sister Ruth Kiser Sweet. Bill’s dream was to spend his life outdoors, which he accomplished by being a farmer, raising oat hay and grain for more than 60 years.
Bill was laid to rest at the Veterans Memorial Park in Sonoma, CA.
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