Herald & News
June 14, 2009
Maxine Loosley Kizer
Memorial services for Maxine Loosley Kizer
will be held on Saturday, June 20 at 1 p.m. at the Fort Klamath
Methodist Church with Pastor Bob Adams officiating. A Celebration of
Life will follow at the Crater Lake Resort on Highway 62 near Fort
Klamath. Private family interment services were held at the Fort
Klamath Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 5.
Mrs. Kizer, 87, a native of Fort Klamath,
Ore., died of natural causes at her residence at the Shasta View
Retirement Community in Klamath Falls, on Tuesday, June 2. She was
born to Raymond S. and Willeska M. Loosley on April 14, 1922 in a
raging blizzard on the family farm homestead in Fort Klamath. This
set the stage for the rest of her life, going where the winds blew
her. Maxine attended one year of high school each in Fort Klamath,
Malin, Medford and, her last year, Chiloquin High, where she
graduated in 1940.
She earned a three year degree from Oregon
College of Education in Monmouth, Ore., in 1943. While attending OCE
she met her future husband, Hollis D. Kizer, and they married on
April 20, 1946 in Lubbock, Texas, after Hollis returned from the war
in the Pacific. The couple settled in New Mexico in 1948 and had
three children before returning to the family homestead in 1957. In
1963, she returned to OCE with her sister Lois for summer school and
received her bachelor of science degree in 1964.
Maxine taught the fourth, fifth, and sixth
grades at Fort Klamath Elementary School from 1958 until 1964. She
then taught fourth grade at Chiloquin Elementary School until her
retirement in 1983. Maxine was involved with the Fort Klamath
community, holding offices with the CI Club, Fort Klamath Methodist
Church board and was secretary/treasurer for the Fort Klamath
Cemetery. She also belonged to the Cow Belles, Water for Life and
Prior to Hollis' death in 1977, the couple
enjoyed camping with their travel trailer. After Maxine retired she
continued to run the family ranch in the summer and spent the
winters RVing throughout the country.
She joined Loners on Wheels (LOW) and later
was instrumental in forming the Loners of America (LOA)
organization, and belonged to the Orca Chapter and served as the
national president for two years. Over 25 years, she wore out three
motor homes traveling from Oregon to the Florida Keys, New England,
and throughout the Midwest, always returning to Fort Klamath for the
summer. Maxine's travels also took her to five continents, including
Taiwan to visit her sister Ethelva and her husband, Larry. In 1987
she went to Kenya to see her sister Lois and her husband Olaf, who
were there as missionaries. When age-related constraints limited
Maxine's travels, she settled into the Shasta View Apartments (Clairmont)
and immediately began organizing groups to play the many games she
Maxine was a
teacher and the lesson of her passing is to inspire everyone to
enjoy life to the last day.
She was preceded in death by her husband
Hollis, and her sisters, Ethelva and Joan. Survivors include her
sisters, Marie Hughes of Pendleton, Ore., and Lois Carpenter of
Turner, Ore.; brother, Wilfred Loosley of Vacaville, Calif.; her
children, Kim and Bobbye Kizer of Ashland, Ore., Randall and Jeanie
Kizer of Eugene, Ore., and Alexine and David Barker of Georgetown,
Texas; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Remembrances may be sent to Water for Life,
8255 Hunziker St., Suite 200, Tigard, OR 97223.
Ward's Klamath Funeral Home (882-4404) is
in charge of the arrangements.