Just days old, Kiser was adopted by a couple in Oklahoma, raised in a good home. He eventually married, settled in Muskogee and had children of his own.
Kiser always knew he was adopted and began actively looking for his mother in 1971.
?I kept hitting brick wall after brick wall,? Kiser said.
After 40 years of searching, after an improbable chain of events, after phone calls and e-mails and planning, the reunion day finally arrived.
Kiser and his family, all the way from Oklahoma, arrived at Tawana Joe Yaden?s retirement home in Colfax. Kiser prepared to meet a woman he?d thought about every day of his life, but never thought he?d meet.
During their reunion, the two embraced and Yaden gave him a kiss. She told him that her family wouldn?t let her see him and was happy to see he had been well taken care of.
?I knew that she loved me, that was never a question, it was? just to be able to meet her and tell her myself one time, how much I loved her, and I got to do that,? Kiser said. ?I am the luckiest guy in the world.?
After 65 years, a mother and her secret son bound by an unbreakable love are together again. It was a reunion born of tragedy, culminating in pure joy.
?My life has made a full circle, and it has, I could die right now and be a happy man,? Kiser said.