Joseph Forrester Geiser, 91, of 5478 Old Turnpike Road, Lewisburg, entered eternal rest at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 27, 1926, in Sunbury, a son of the late Chester and Margaret (Forrester) Geiser. On Oct. 19, 1946, he married the former Mary Jane Sheesley in Winchester, Va., after they decided to elope. This October would have been their 71st wedding anniversary.
Joseph was a 1944 graduate of Sunbury High School. On Aug. 17, 1944, Joseph was inducted in the Army in Harrisburg. He was proud to serve the United States in the 89th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Troop E during the Second World War. He was one of many men that fought at The Battle of Remagen during the Allied invasion of Germany resulting in the unexpected capture of the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine and possibly shortened World War II in Europe. During his years of service, he was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal. Joseph was honorably discharged on July 8, 1946 in Fort Dixon, N.J.
He was employed by TRW Inc. Valve, Danville, as a maintenance technician.
He was a member of the Camp Keeawae Hunting Camp, and a 50-year member of the New Berlin American Legion Post 957.Joseph enjoyed woodworking; having made many gifts for his grandchildren including grandfather clocks and porch swings. He also enjoyed being outdoors, gardening and hunting.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Mary Jane, is one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Fred Wenrich, of Lewisburg; four grandchildren, Tracy and Jamie Sauers, of Mifflinburg, Dean and Amy Wenrich, of New Columbia, Gene and Lori Wenrich, of Enola, and Michele and Scott Swartz, of Enola; three great-grandchildren, Zachary Sauers, of Mifflinburg, and Erica and Leah Wenrich, of Enola; one sister, Mary Rogers, of Northumberland; one brother, David Geiser, of Montandon; and many special nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Marjorie Mertz; and two brothers, Chester and Robert Geiser.
Family and friends are invited to the viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Adamo's, 16 Walnut St., Mifflinburg, followed by the funeral at 11, with Pastor Gary L. Owens officiating.
Interment with full military honors will be accorded by local area veterans in Hartleton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joseph's memory may be sent to World War II Veterans Memorial, 1100 N. Glebe Road, Suite 910, Arlington, VA 22201.
To share in Joseph's online memorial, please visit www.adamofh.com.
Published on August 23, 2017