NEW ULM Dr. Milton Kaiser, 86, of New Ulm, died Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at his home in New Ulm.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, August 13 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Rev. Kevin R. Dunn, First United Methodist Church, officiating. Private family interment will take place at a later date. There will be no visitation. A reception will follow the service at the church. Schmucker Funeral Service of New Ulm is handling the arrangements.
Milton Lee Kaiser, the son of Walter and Pearl (Marshall) Kaiser, was born September 23, 1923 in Humboldt, Neb. After graduating from high school in 1941, he attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He entered the U.S. Army March 29, 1943 serving with the 280th Engineer Combat Battalion in Europe. Following his honorable discharge March 10, 1946 he returned to the University of Nebraska. Following graduation, he entered the University of Nebraska Medical School at Omaha and worked in the lab at Methodist Hospital for his room and board. It was there that he met Mary who was in nurses' training. He was united in marriage to Mary Giles August 20, 1950 in Alliance, NE. The couple moved to St. Paul so Milt could start an internship at Miller Hospital. It was there that son Bob was born.
Milt shook hands with Dr. Howard Vogel, eventually working with him for 26 years at the Vogel Clinic in New Ulm. Later they merged with the New Ulm Medical Clinic where Dr. Kaiser worked until retiring in 1988. He was elected president of the New Ulm Club in 1953. Later that year, he proposed the need for an area nursing home to the Methodist Men's Committee and in 1955 he spearheaded a committee to identify a location for a nursing home in the SW district of MN. He spent many evenings going town-to-town searching for a location. Fairmont was chosen as the site and plans began to build Lakeview Methodist Heathcare Center. Dr. Kaiser was elected president of the Exchange Club in 1956 and also headed the annual Sister Kenny Foundation drive with the New Ulm Club. In 1957, he was elected director of the Union Hospital Board, later serving as chairman for 17 years. He was named "Outstanding Young Man" by the New Ulm Jaycees in 1958, was a member of the New Ulm Recreation Committee, served as Director of the New Ulm Club, and was elected president of Lakeview Nursing Home at a Methodist retreat. He received the Eagle Scout Award in 1937, the highest achievement in scouting. In the 1960's, Dr. Kaiser served as an adult leader for the Boy Scouts. Four of his grandsons also received the Eagle Scout Award and one granddaughter received the Gold Award, the highest award in the Girl Scouts.
From 1960 1970, he served as the area National Guard physician. In 1964, the 120-bed Lakeview Methodist Healthcare Center celebrated its grand opening. A local newspaper article read "Local Physician's Dream Comes True." He was the honored speaker at a celebration for the Healthcare Center in 2006.
In the 1970's, he played an active role in collaborative efforts to build the New Ulm Medical Center to provide unified, quality care and to streamline services. In 1977, he mentored five RPAP (Rural Physician Associate Program) students through the U of M Medical School to promote and support the need for physicians in rural areas. This was a year-long commitment per med student to train and mentor them. He was recognized for his time with the program. From 1990 to 2006, he worked for Locum Tenens providing physician services. He sponsored several foster children through the years.
Dr. Kaiser was honored to receive the 2008 "Legends of Medicine" Award from the New Ulm Medical Center for over 40 years of leadership and service to his profession, the medical center and the community. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and administrative board member several times, was involved with fund raising and served on the Methodist Men's Committee and the Lord's Laborers. He was a member of the choir and served as a Sunday School Teacher. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Dr. Kaiser has been a mentor and excellent role model all of his life and encouraged many young people and family members to pursue a career in medicine.
Survivors include his wife Mary of New Ulm; children Bob Kaiser and his wife Pat of Spicer, Linda Livers and her husband John of Chaska, Ron Kaiser and his wife Jenny of Linton, ND, David Kaiser and his wife Darla of Alexandria; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; sister Bernice Krantz of Blair, NE; nephew Brent Krantz of Florida; other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dr. Kaiser was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials are preferred to the donor's choice.