George R. Geer Sr., 74, of Glen Robbins, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 at the UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.
He was born Jan. 20, 1945, in Martins Ferry, Ohio son of the late Charles E. Geer and Mary “Bonnie” Mace Helling.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Geraldine Bell, Elizabeth “Midge” Mount, Jacqueline “Jackie” Bartlett, Mary Evelyn “Dusty” Talmage and Bonnie Jones, brothers, Charles “Dick” Geer and James Wallace Geer.
He was a retired coal miner with the Ohio Valley Coal Corporation in Alledonia, Ohio. George was a member and Elder of the Glen Robbins Presbyterian Church, a member of the Vietnam Veterans Post 1 of Bridgeport, Ohio, former member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans Post 180 Martins Ferry, assistant Scout Master, Glen Robbins Troop 294 and assistant coach little league baseball Warren Township. He volunteered as Santa Claus for many years for several different organizations, churches, family members and the Belmont County Childrens Home.
George served in the United States Marine Corps as a Corporal E4 in the Vietnam War, where he earned a Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Purple Heart. He later served in the Army Reserves and is a member of the Bluenose for crossing the Arctic Circle.
George is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Alexander Geer, his son, George (Lesia) Geer Jr. of Glen Robbins, his daughter, Teresa (Clay) Phillips of Smithfield, three grandchildren, Paige Phillips, Connor Phillips and Leland Geer; his sister, Ann Jones of Jacksonville, Florida, his brother, Thomas (Shirley) Duncan of Akron, Ohio, several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held for family and friends at the Glen Robbins Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Cindy Foster officiating and Full Military Honors being presented by the VFW Post 4811 Yorkville, Ohio. A gathering will be held following the services at the Glen Robbins Community Center.
Arrangements by the Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists, St Clairsville Chapel 204 West Main St., St. Clairsville, Ohio.
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