COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dr. Harold Willard Kaser, of Wesley Glen Retirement Community, was born to the late Harry W. and Sadie Ellen Balder Kaser on a farm in Holmes County, Ohio on June 24, 1919.
He died at 11:58 p.m., Monday, June 14, 2010, following a years-long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He met his future wife, Winogene Foster, at their beloved Muskingum College,New Concord, Ohio to which they returned after his retirement from the ministry.
They married in 1944, and had four children, Sharon Lynne Campbell (Roger), Harold Steven Kaser (Joy), Kathleen Ann Ridenour (John) and James Foster Kaser (Jackie); 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Harold and Winogene loved nothing more than to be surrounded by family and friends at their summer home on Martha’s Vineyard.
He was predeceased by his wife, Winogene and his granddaughter, Kimberly Kaser.
Dr. Kaser graduated from Keene High School, received a B.A. from Muskingum College, a Bachelor of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Princeton Seminary, and a Doctor of Divinity from Muskingum University.
He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), July 6, 1944, by the Presbytery of Philadelphia. He began his parish ministry at the Forestville Presbyterian Church in Forest Grove, Pa., and the New Hope Presbyterian Church in New Hope, Pa., in 1944 and served there four years.
He was called to be pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Canfield, Ohio from 1948 to 1955. He was senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Coshocton, Ohio from 1955 to 1971. He formally retired from parish ministry as senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Saginaw, Michigan, after serving there from 1971 to 1984.
In 1984, he was nominated by Lake Huron Presbytery to be moderator of the general assembly of the reunited 3.2 million member Presbyterian Church (USA). Beginning in 1984, he was the Director of Church Relations, Muskingum University, New Concord, until his second retirement. During the same time period, he served as interim pastor at several churches in south central Ohio including Presbyterian churches in Rix Mills, Cumberland, St. Clairsville, College Drive in New Concord, Ohio and Trinity UCC in Thornville, Ohio. Dr. Kaser’s service to the church and to the community filled his 50-plus years of ministry.
“What Harold Kaser would wish to leave us all with can be expressed in the words of Dag Hammarskjold: “For all that has been, thanks; for all that will be, yes!”
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Brown Chapel at Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio with the Rev. Jonathan Carlisle of the Coshocton Presbyterian Church officiating.
Graveside committal services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2010, at the Lutheran Reformed Cemetery in Thornville, Ohio.
There are no calling hours.
Please plan to visit with family and friends before services at the Brown Chapel or at the Trinity Church in Thornville, after the graveside services and honor Harold’s memory by sharing your remembrances of him with each other and with family members.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Church of Christ in Thornville, Ohio or Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio.
Mock-Miller Funeral Home, New Concord,Ohio has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.