Thomas Hill Keyser of Wimberley Texas passed away on September 17, 2022 in South Bend Indiana. On September 10, 2022 Tom was struck by a car while he was in a crosswalk after attending a Notre Dame football game with friends from the Wimberley area. He suffered a traumatic brain injury from this accident which he never regained consciousness. He passed away peacefully with his two daughters and older brother by his side.
Tom was born the second of three sons to Merle and Dorothy Keyser in Bartlesville Oklahoma on August 23, 1955. He attended public schools in Bartlesville and graduated from Bartlesville College High School in 1973. He played football, wrestled and swam during his school years. He then attended Oklahoma State University for a couple of years before deciding to strike out on his own. He began working in the food service industry, most of the time as a manager of national chain restaurants. He eventually decided to be his own boss and built out, owned and ran his own restaurants, the first being The Fork Cafe near Kyle Texas; then The Fork Cafe in Wimberley Texas; and finally Ino’z in Wimberley. A few years ago he retired from the restaurant business and bought some property just outside of Wimberley. He cleared the land himself and built several “casitas’ to serve the vacation rentals. Because of the quality and personal touches he added, The Windmill Ranch became very popular and was constantly booked several months in advance.
After moving to Wimberley, he became a true Texan and avid (sometimes rabid) fan of the University of Texas football team. Because of his charm dele and the character of the people he found in Wimberley, he developed many deep and lasting friendships there. Without the generous help of these friends, it would have been impossible for the family to handle all of the responsibilities that come with his unexpected passing. In addition to these friends, we wish to thank all those who kept Tom and the family in their prayers and contributed to a fund which has helped offset the family’s travel expenses to be by his side of him in Indiana.
We are truly devastated by the sudden loss of a still very active and productive man who was a beloved son, brother, father, grandfather and friend. He will be sorely missed but always remembered. Tom was preceded in death by his father Merle Keyser of Oklahoma City. He is survived by his 91-year-old mother Dorothy Keyser of Oklahoma City; an older brother Brent Keyser (and family Gina, Julie, Michelle and Alex) from Danville California, younger brother Jeff Keyser (and family Jackie, Joanie, Cody and Corey) from Oklahoma City, and his two daughters Jennifer Keyser from Austin Texas and Kristina Keyser (and family Nick, Gwen and Wyatt) from Aurora Colorado.
A memorial to celebrate Tom’s life and to express our gratitude for the time we were blessed to share with him will be held at Water’s Point event site in Wimberley Texas, 13401 Ranch Road 12, on Sunday October 2, 2022 2:00pm-5: 00pm All are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Tom’s favorite charity, My Neighbor’s Keeper. Donations can be made at Ozona Bank in Wimberley.
Published by The Wimberley View from Sep. 25 to Oct. 9, 2022.