Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Karl V. Kieslich, 79, husband of Anita Hilliker Kieslich, of Sumter, died on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at his home.

Born on Nov. 10, 1940, in Burlington, Vermont, to the late John and Christine Kieslich, Lt. Col. Kieslich graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in business and joined the United States Air Force in 1963. During his years in service, he obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. He retired after 26 years of service with duties in Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Turkey and various other U.S. installations. He retired in Sumter and started a local business where he enjoyed helping others. He had a passion for basketball and loved to talk about his alma mater, the University of Vermont Catamounts, which is where he lettered three years in basketball.

Lt. Col. Kieslich is survived by his loving wife, Anita, of 56 years and his children, Karin Dentino (David), Karl Kieslich (Jill), Kathy Perrotta (Robert Nuscher) and Kevin Kieslich (Courtney); as well as 12 grandchildren, Emily, Hunter, Rachael, Parker, Nolan, Holden, Hailey, Garrett, Hayden, Avery, Katelyn and Mathis.

Due to COVID-19, funeral arrangements and a memorial service with military honors will be made at a later date. A celebration of life will be held in Burlington.

Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com.

Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.