Russell J. Keizer

April 18, 1938 - June 11, 2019

A funeral Mass for Russell J. Keizer will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Seaside, Ore. A recitation of the rosary will preceded the service at 10 a.m.  A reception will follow the funeral at Astoria Golf and Country Club, 33445 Sunset Beach Lane in Warrenton, Ore.

Russell passed away Tuesday, June 11 at OHSU due to trauma from an auto accident May 18, 2019. He was surrounded with love by his wife, Linda, children, and grandchildren.

Russell was born April 18, 1938 in North Bend, Ore., to Ennis and Frances Keizer. He graduated from North Bend High School in 1956. In 1960, Russell earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Portland and in 1965 graduated with a medical degree from the University of Oregon Medical School. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis and served as a major in the U.S. Army in Savannah, Ga. Russell started his medical practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Portland in 1972. He practiced at the North Bend Medical Clinic followed by an active practice in Astoria and retired in 2007. Russell served as the chief of staff at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Russell was a proud Rotarian for 45 years with perfect attendance. He was a member of the Astoria Knights of Columbus and served on the board of directors of the Columbia River Maritime Museum. He was a generous supporter of the Mt. Angel Abbey and Seminary and was a faithful member of the Catholic community.

Russell is survived by his loving wife, Linda; daughters, Kiki Keizer and Todd Gay, Molly and Ron Peters, and Melissa Saul and Michael Hayes; and sons, Joseph and Sandy Heurion Keizer, and Douglas Sampson; grandchildren, Nathaniel and Gemma Rivera Saul, Malea Saul, Miles Saul, and Josh Sampson; brother, Philip and Ann Keizer; and brother-law, Boyd Engelecke.

He was preceded in death by his previous wife, Joanne, his parents, and his sister, Ann Engelcke.

Memorial contributions in memory of Russell may be made to the Mt. Angel Abbey and Seminary at Abbey Foundation of Oregon, P.O. Box 497, Saint Benedict, OR 97373 or https://www.mountangelabbey.org/giving/make-a-gift/ or Oregon Health Science University at OHSU Foundation, P.O. Box 29017, Portland, OR 97296 or https://www.onwardohsu.org/donation

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