Harold Kent Greiser
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Harold Kent Greiser
  • September 27, 1924 - June 25, 2017
  • Kettering, Ohio

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GREISER, Harold Kent, a/k/a "Banjo Hal", age 92 passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Harold was born on September 27, 1924 in Charleston, WV to Clarence (Sr.) & Edith Greiser. He had two brothers - Clarence (Jr.) and John - and 1 sister, Rhoda. Harold was a WWII Veteran, serving his country as a Navy Pharmicist Mate / 3rd Class, and was assigned to care for the United States Marine Corps troops. He was involved in the Battle of Peleliu in the Pacific Theatre of the war. He received a Purple Heart for his service in the battle. Harold married his childhood sweetheart, Eloise Carnes in September of 1945. Three daughters followed - Anita, Teresa and Rhonda. Harold was a printer by trade and worked for over thirty years at the McCall's Printing Company / Dayton Press in Dayton until its closure in 1982. In 1964, Harold learned to play the banjo, and from there he was able to pursue his passion of all things banjo and sing-along songs. He played thousand of gigs over the next 52 years in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan sharing his love and passion with thousands. Harold and Eloise were divorced in 1982 and Harold re-married in 1986 to Estelle Renee (Sanford) Greiser, whom he loved very dearly until her death in 2009. He was also preceded in death by his family, daughter Anita and Eloise. Harold is survived by his two daughters, Teresa Greiser and Rhonda (Beverly) Breiser, his StepChildren Lynne (Daniel) Forrest, Kathie (Randy) Bobbit and David Sanford, his grandchildren, Terry (Kim) Fulcomer Jr. and Stacy Mykolaitis and his great-grandchildren Richard, Ronald and Robert Fulcomer; Brittney and Bradley Mykolaitis as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren from Estelle's side of the family. Services to be held at TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL at 5471 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45429. A visitation is set for Wednesday evening, July 5, 2017 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Tobias for family to receive friends. A memorial service will begin at 12 Noon on Thursday, July 6th at Tobias, with a concluding service to held at 2:00 PM at the Dayton Veterans Cemetery where Harold will be honored with military honors as he desired. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made payable to Hospice of Dayton Foundation, and mailed to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420. Please note Harold's name on the check so they can credit the tribute donation properly. Condolences may be left at www.tobiasfuneralhome.com