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Geiger, John Henry of Des Plaines, since 1950, passed away on January 10, 2011. He was born on June 19, 1925 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, son of Hugo Geiger and Martha (Thies) Geiger. As a child he lived in Minden, Crespo, Belle Plaine, and Winterset, Iowa as his father directed units in the Civil Conservation Corp during the depression. At age seventeen he enlisted in the Army and served in WWII in the 11th Armored Division, 42nd Tank Battalion, and then the 4th Armored Division, 35th Tank Battalion. His units served in the Battle of the Bulge and the Army of the Occupation. After the war he earned degrees in architecture and engineering from the University of Illinois. Mr. Geiger was a member of the Alpha Rho Chi architectural fraternity. He worked at Lundstrom and Skubic, then ran his own firm, John H. Geiger and Associates. In 1966 he began his 25 year career as an architect and structural engineer with United Airlines. Mr. Geiger joined the American Legion in 1945 while still in service. When he returned, he joined the Hiram J. Slifer Post #135 in Chicago and rose through the ranks, becoming Department Commander of the State of Illinois in 1960 and then National Commander of the American Legion in 1972. Mr. Geiger has served the Legion in many executive and service functions, with a special interest in Boy's State. His parents, Hugo and Martha Geiger, were also active in the Legion, founding posts in Iowa after World War I. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivienne DeBaets Geiger, in 1992. He is survived by his companion, Florence Tanka, and by his six children, Ellen (Michael) Rosborough, Vivienne (Kent) Hildebrand, Lois Bruffey, Laura (Paul) Widhalm, Carl Geiger, and Jack (Carol) Geiger. He leaves ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Family services will be private. There will be a service at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood,Illinois on Monday January 17 at 11:30 a.m. Donations in his name may be made to either the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation or the Hospice of Northeastern Illinois.
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Jan. 13, 2011
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