Robert Harold Geiger died Friday, May 18, 2018.
Bob was born on Feb. 22, 1926, to Harold and Betty (Pitt) Geiger at Sabetha.
Bob grew up in Sabetha where he graduated from high school. Following high school, he served in the Army Air Corps. After basic and radio mechanic school, he served on Palawan Island, Philippines and Tinian Island. As Bob would say, “I wouldn’t take a million dollars for my military experience, but I wouldn’t give a dime to have it again?”
After separation from service, he graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science in education and master of science in guidance and counseling. His teaching career included Effingham, Parsons and Chanute high schools, and he served Neosho County Community College as director of guidance until his retirement in 1989. He enjoyed retirement by traveling, gardening and volunteering in many local organizations.
Bob was united in marriage to Mary Jo McMillan in 1957. Their first home was in Chanute. They had two children, Bryan Keith and Monica Jan. They would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on June 9, 2018.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church, American Legion Post No. 170, Veterans of Foreign Wars 1654, Order of the Eastern Star 147, Masonic Order Sabetha Lodge 162, Chanute Tree Board, founder of Southeast Kansas Mental Health Board, Red Cross Volunteer, NCRMC volunteer, Chanute Community Theater, Chanute Entertainment Series and Chanute Retired Teachers.
Preceding Bob in death were his parents; sister, Sue Rickerson; and son, Bryan.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; daughter, Monica (Doug) Slepicka of The Colony, Texas; grandsons, Adam Geiger of Parsons, Xavier Slepicka of Lewisville, Texas, and Jordan Slepicka of The Colony, Texas; and nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held at Countryside Funeral Home – Johnson Chapel in Chanute from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Chanute, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 25, followed by inurnment at Neosho County Memorial Park Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com.
Chanute Honor Guard will be in charge of military honors. Memorials have been suggested to the First United Methodist Church or donor’s choice of local charities and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home. Services have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home 101 N. Highland, Chanute, KS 66720.
The Sabetha Herald 5/30/2018