John Hugo Kaiser ORO VALLEY, AZ John Hugo Kaiser died Oct. 8, 2016, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Millicent Reedhead Kaiser, and his children and grandchildren: Ellen Marie Kaiser Gumpel and daughters, Bethany and Hailey Gumpel; Lisa Anne Kaiser Forrester and her husband, John Forrester, and their daughter, Kendall Forrester; John Hugo Kaiser Jr. and his daughter, Lena Kaiser; Aleta Elizabeth Kaiser Cass and her husband, Scott Cass, and their children, Scott and Courtney Cass. He leaves a sister, Lillian Ware, of Woodstock, VT; many beloved nieces and nephews and extended family in the Ware family. His sister, Alice Schrum (deceased) leaves many beloved nieces and nephews and extended family in the Schrum family. John enlisted in the Navy in 1946 and served on the U.S.S. Kearsarge for two years. He attended Rutgers University and graduated with his bachelor's and master's degrees in education. He continued working for his Ph.D. at Temple University and William and Mary. John taught school in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He retired as a guidance counselor from the Pennsbury school system in Pennsylvania. He enjoyed what he did and was really great with his students. As a young man, he obtained his pilot's license. He loved to fly the small Piper Cubs in his spare time. John loved square and round dancing, and belonged to several clubs. He called "one-nighters," which is a beginner dance where the caller teaches, and calls a dance working the beginner through. He loved hearing the laughter and joy as the newbies worked and bumbled their way through. He loved to go horseback riding and often rode out of the Bucks County stables. When he was five years old his family bought a place at the shore in Belmar, NJ. His family summered there for many years and made lasting friends there. His children love it, too, since he took them there often to enjoy the sun and sand. One of his friends called him the "recreation director of Pleasant Valley Road." He liked nothing better than to load the station wagon with his children and their friends and take them sking in the Poconos, to the shore, to Great Adventure, to the planetarium or the museum. After his retirement, he began wintering in Arizona. After some years of being a "snowbird," he retired to Sun City, AZ, in Oro Valley. Grandchildren love to visit Grandma and Grandpa in Arizona; after all, we have miniature golf and swimming pools and tennis and-and-and. He was a great man, a gentle man, and well loved. He will be missed by many. A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 20 at Christ the King Episcopal Church, located at 2800 West Ina Road, Tucson, AZ (corner of Shannon and Ina Roads).
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