Gary F. Geiger, 65, of Miles City died unexpectedly of a brain aneurism Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings.
Mr. Geiger was born on May 31, 1948, in Glendive, the only child of Frank and Jean Geiger. He attended school in Glendive, graduating from Dawson County High School in 1966.
Like his father before him, Mr. Geiger enlisted in the United States Navy in April of 1967. He attended basic training in San Diego, Calif. He served on the U.S.S. Sperry until his honorable discharge on Aug. 29, 1969. Mr. Geiger was always willing to share the many stories of his naval adventures.
Upon his discharge, Mr. Geiger returned to his hometown of Glendive to meet the love of his life, Barbara Almanza. After a brief courtship they were united in marriage on May 9, 1970. Their son, Frankie, was born Nov. 24, 1970, and daughter, Amy, was born Feb. 1, 1972.
Mr. Geiger worked a variety of jobs, but mainly worked maintenance in the school system in several districts. The last nine years he spent working at Miles Community College in Miles City. This was the job that he enjoyed the most as he had developed several close friendships at MCC, especially Ross Lawrence and Bruce Silba.
One of Mr. Geiger’s greatest pleasures was his six grandchildren, Kayla Kutzler Hopfauf age 23, Amber Geiger Kent age 19, Wyatt LaPierre age 13, Derek Geiger age 12, Weston La Pierre age 11, and Katelyn Spang age 3. He also had three great-grandchildren, Bailee Stevenson age 4, Becca Christman age 3, and Trey Kent age 1.
Outside of his family and friends, Mr. Geiger also enjoyed music, especially his “oldies,” watching his Yankees play, riding his Harley, target shooting and having a cold beer.
He was preceded in death by his father Frank Geiger Jr., and his close cousins Ron and Ken Lovaas.
He will be remembered and greatly missed.
Mr. Geiger is survived by his wife, Barbara Geiger of Miles City; his son, Frankie of Spokane, Wash.; his daughter, Amy, also of Miles City; and his mother, Jean of Glendive.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Geiger Jr.; and his close cousins, Ron and Ken Lovaas.
Visitation will take place Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, with the family receiving friends from 4 to 6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in the chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Miles City, with Caroline Fleming officiating. Interment will follow in the Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery with military honors.
Condolences to the family may be sent to them by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.