Gary Turner Keyser

May 24, 1934January 5, 2013

Gary Turner Keyser, age 78, of Front Royal died Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Winchester.

A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Riverton United Methodist Church with Reverend Mike Derflinger officiating. Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Keyser was born in Warren County on May 24, 1934, the son of the late Hallie Benton and Audra Kathleen Brown Keyser. After serving in the Air Force he began a career in Law Enforcement, in 1957 he became a Police Officer for the Town of Front Royal, in 1963 he was elected Sheriff of Warren County and served until 1974. In 1968 he was listed in Outstanding Men of America and in 1971 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer. 1974 he became an inspector for the Virginia Department of Corrections and in 1978 became an Extradition Officer for the same department. From 1982 until 1996 he served as the Superintendent of the White Post Correctional Unit #7 where he started the first Work Release Program in Warren County. His memberships include the Front Royal Rotary Club, Jaycee’s, Lions Club, Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, Board of Directors of the Salvation Army, the Cedarville Ruritan Club, Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 374, Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department and the Director of the Virginia State Sheriff’s Association.

Mr. Keyser is survived by his wife, Betty Casarotti Keyser; his daughter, Kathy Henry and husband Edward W. Henry, II of Strasburg; grandchildren, Jessica Blair Henry and Danielle Nicole Settle and husband Stewart; great-grandchildren, Sierra Nicole Teague and Christopher John Ramey.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Keyser was preceded in death by his son, Gary Scott Keyser.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. at Riverton United Methodist Church, 55 E. Strasburg Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630.

Pallbearers will be Len Armentrout, Hal J. Meredith, Dusty McIntosh, J. C. Rudacille, Mike Tennett, Blain Tewalt and Ronnie Cromer, Sr. Honorary pallbearers will be Norman Shiflett, Warren County Sheriff’s Department and White Post Correctional Unit #7 Staff.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Warren County Fire and Rescue, 221 S. Commerce Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630 or the Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Dr., Front Royal, VA 22630.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2013

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January 19, 2013



January 14, 2013

Love you Daddy. You will always be my hero!!!

Kate Duff

January 14, 2013

Kathy - I only know you through facebook and I've followed the last few sad weeks online and felt your sorrow at the decisions you all have had to make. I know losing your dad is a huge loss to your family however I'm glad he is now at peace. My prayers for all the family x

Susan ( Betsy) Wright-Pomenta

January 12, 2013

I first met Gary when I was dating his son Scott, he was a larger than life man but was a big ole' teddy bear. He would always give me a huge bear hug whenever I would see him and say how are you little one. I will always cherish those wonderful memories of him. God Bless his family.

Prudence Mathews

January 11, 2013

Betty, Kathy and all the much loved children...Gary was so much a part of our lives for 50+ years. No one kept score...we were all best friends. Few have the privilege of this relationship. Gary was a caring and dedicated his family, his friends, his community and to those in need. Betty, you were his mainstay and always there for him. Wonderful and fun memories...good times and tough times, but we survived. I believe that Gary is there, with the man, sitting at the right hand of God the Father Almighty...what more could you ask? We will meet again.

margaret henry hiatt

January 11, 2013

what a wonderful man he was. i worked with gary in 58-59 at the police dept. and he was a perfect gentleman...he will always have a place in my heart...god bless the family and my prayers go out to u all.....

Albert Owens Jr

January 11, 2013

My heart and prayers go out to the family of Mr. keyser I will always remember him as a giant with a heart of gold.My father often tells fond stories of how they met and how Mr, Keyser was so kind to him and I will always remember as a child looking up to a gentle giant. He is loved by many and will be missed by many. Rest in peace

Glenn and Amy Wood

January 10, 2013

Betty, Kathy and family,
We were so sorry to learn of Gary's passing. He was truly a great guy and gave much to his community. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Robyn Cook

January 10, 2013

As a child I always loved the way you protected us from harm. Because of your dedication to all, you will be deeply missed.

Jim Howell

January 10, 2013

What I remember first when I hear his name " what a cool guy lighting a cig at 90 mph around the curve of the end of the river bridges". I was blessed to have known him.