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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
November 10, 1988

OBITUARY - VANCE GEIGER, REDDING

MOUNT AYR - Vance GEIGER, 81, of Redding died Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 1, 1988, at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. The Revs. Phil and Doris KINTON will officiate with burial in the Redding Cemetery. There is open visitation at the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home in Mount Ayr.

Memorials may be directed to the Vance GEIGER Scholarship fund.

Mr. GEIGER was born Sept. 16, 1907, in Redding to John and Mary Ellen (LEE) GEIGER. He married Zeline DEFENBAUGH June 30, 1936, in Albany, Mo. He was a lifetime resident of the Redding area and northwest Missouri. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1930 and received a master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1940. He was an educator and teacher having taught at Hopkins, Mo., Delphos, Blockton, and Mount Ayr. He also worked as a supervisor of student teachers at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Zeline of Redding.

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OBITUARY ~ VANCE GEIGER

Vance Edward Geiger, the son of John and Mary Ellen Geiger, was born September 16, 1907, near Delphos, Iowa, and passed away at the Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines on November 1, 1988. He attended rural school with Raymond Walter's mother as his first teacher. After fifth grade he attended the newly consolidated school at Delphos until moving to Redding where he graduated in 1925. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in 1930 and received his Master's from University of Iowa in 1940. He was married to Zeline Defenbaugh on June 30, 1936.

He was a successful basketball coach at Hopkins, Missouri, for 12 years where he developed several outstanding basketball players. His teams were noted for their discipline and ability to win. His best team in 1942 won 42 games with four losses, placing second in the state.

He served in the Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. After the war he returned to the home farm and taught one year at Delphos, followed by three at Blockton, Iowa. In 1950 he came to Mount Ayr where her served as high school principal for 19 years. In 1969 he returned to his Alma Mater at Maryville, Missouri, where he supervised student teachers for five years.

After retiring from teaching he returned to the home farm with his wife, Zeline. They enjoyed 52 years together and traveled extensively during the winter months. They had spent recent winters in Harlingen, Texas. He thoroughly enjoyed living on the farm and gardening as long as his health permitted.

He was a member of the Amrican Legion, a 50-year Mason of Taylor Lodge 156, Iowa State Educcation Association and the National Principal's Association. He was a representative on the Iowa High School Athletic Assocition Council, a one-time deason and elder and served as prsident of the Church Board in the Mount Ayr Christian Church.

He appreciated an award he received on Appreciation Day in 1969 from the Lions Club, Jaycees and the Mount Ayr Improvement Club. He also appreciated recognition by the Iowa Soil Conservation Achievement Award as a 1973 Sweepstakes Winner.

He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, Zeline, a few cousins, former students and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held November 4, 1988 from the First Christian church at Mount Ayr, conducted by Pastors Phil and Doris Kinton. Music was provided by Mrs. Robert Homas and Mrs. Dan Cunning.

Casketbearers were Phil Burmeister, Chet Roed, Ron Scott, William Hohlfeld, Merrill Perry, Merlin Wilkins, Robert Thomas and Joe McNeill. Ushers were Ray Walter, Max McGehee, Merritt Triggs and Hugh Terwillger. Burial was in the Redding Cemetery at Redding, Iowa.

Submission by Mike Avitt
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2010

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