It is with deepest sympathy that we announce the death of Sergeant Timothy Kiser, age 37, on 28 April 2005. Sergeant Kiser died as a result of wounds received while on patrol with his unit in Riyhad, Iraq. He is survived by his wife and four children, and his mother.
Sergeant Kiser demonstrated an early desire to serve his country by joining the Army Reserve shortly after graduation from Irvington High School, Freemont, California in 1986. He was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he completed basic training and specialized training as a bridge crewman. After completing training he returned to California and continued his reserve service. Sergeant Kiser subsequently had a break in service due to the strenuous requirements of his civilian job as a truck driver. However, he longed to return to the military and also wished to obtain additional specialized training in the medical field. He achieved that objective and joined the California Army National Guard on 23 August 2004. SGT Kiser was mobilized with the 578th Engineer Battalion, 40th Infantry Division on 27 November 2004. SGT Kiser was a motivated, intelligent soldier who worked well with others. He was devoted to his family and also enjoyed fishing, camping and riding dirt bikes. In recognition of his service to state and country he has been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and State Memorial Medal.