Robert E. Geiger, 92, formerly of New Paris and Nappanee, died at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, after a battle with dementia at Majestic Care of Goshen.
He was born July 27, 1930, in Roanoke, to Harold A. and Margaret B. (Hine) Geiger. Robert lived most of his life in the Elkhart/Kosciusko County area.
He was a 1948 Milford High School graduate. Robert was a Korean War veteran. On Dec. 1, 1950, he married Roma Joan Smoker in New Paris. She preceded him in death Sep. 15, 1984. His second marriage was to Carol J. (Weisser) Kaiser on July 20, 1985. She preceded him in death May 21, 2013.
Robert was a former owner/operator of Lentz Coal Company, Milford. After that, he worked for 14 years for Smoker Craft, New Paris, then he retired from Chore Time in 1996 after 18 years. He was a member of Living Gospel Church, Nappanee, and the Wawasee Camp of the Gideons International, Syracuse. He was a former board member of the Lakeland Child Evangelism Ministries, Warsaw, member and past president of the Milford Lions, Milford Masonic Lodge and Life member and past commander of the American Legion in Milford. He also formerly served in the Milford Fire Department.
Surviving are his four children, Donna Madison, Goshen, Rose (Brock) Rose, Goshen, Amy (Jeff) Martin, Wakarusa and Grant (Karla) Geiger, New Paris; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn (Karl) Hoover, Morgantown, N.C. and Alice (David) Middleton, Largo, Fla. He was preceded in death by his wives; and daughter, Debra Geiger.
A family memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 7, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, with burial to follow at Milford Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites by Milford American Legion. Memorial contributions may be given to Milford Fire Department.