TRAVERSE CITY — Howard Wayne Kiser, known to his friends as Wayne, died Aug. 17, 2013, in Traverse City, from Parkinson’s Disease complications.
Mr. Kiser was born May 19, 1939, in Springfield, Ill., to Russell and Dorothy Kiser. He grew up in the Detroit area until he moved to Traverse City with his family.
He was a graduate of Traverse City Central High, Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind., with a B.A. and Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Ill., with an M.A.
At the age of 25 he became the pastor of Zion Bethel Church, an independent church in Monticello, Ind. Two new aspects of the church outreach became a weekly column he wrote for the local paper and weekly club meetings for the church and community youth. The clubs were part of Pioneer Girls and Christian Service Brigade, and as a Brigade leader he took boys to summer camp and wrote stories for the leaders’ magazine. The people at camp knew of his writing and for several years talked to him about joining the Brigade editorial staff in Wheaton, Ill. After five years at Zion Bethel, he and the family did move to Illinois for him to become managing editor of Brigade Leader. He edited that magazine then moved on to two other editorial positions before he and his wife, Ruth Ann, started a family business, Graphic and Editorial Services. For over 35 years they and later their son, Tim, produced printed material, mostly for colleges, missions and churches.
Over the years Mr. Kiser served as a supply or interim pastor for churches that needed temporary help. He was also an adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College Graduate School.
He was the author of several books, including one published by Broadman Press and one by Scripture Press.
Another interest was amateur radio. He achieved the highest level of proficiency, amateur extra, and that led to one of his favorite activities. He volunteered with DuPage County (Illinois) Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and often coordinated communication between DuPage and surrounding counties during storm emergencies. In addition, he started a chaplaincy program for that OEM. After he and Ruth Ann retired and moved to Traverse City in 2009 he joined the chaplaincy program at the Grand Traverse Metro Department.