Dale Geiger, 78

Dale E. Geiger, 78, of rural Columbia City, passed away at 4:34 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla., where he spent his winters. Mr. Geiger was born Dec. 11, 1933, in Columbia City, a son of Clifton J. “Jake” and Irene (Krider) Geiger. He spent his formative years in rural Columbia City all within a mile of his current residence.He lived at his current residence since 1965 and was a dairy farmer for 17 years. He was also a grain farmer until he retired at the age of 70. On Jan. 18, 1958 he was married in Decatur to Janice Irene Owen. Mr. Geiger was a member of Sugar Grove Church of God, Churubusco, and the FFA of Whitley County.He enjoyed fixing old John Deere tractors in his older years. He was the “bicycle man of Florida.” He would buy and fix old bikes to resell.His spouse preceded him in death on Aug. 31, 2009.The surviving relatives include a daughter, Debra (Phil) Gebert and a son, Dalen (April) Geiger, both of Columbia City; three sisters, Helen Blanchard of North Manchester, Mary Sutton of Huntertown, and Shirley Rugg of LaGrange; a brother, Charles “Chic” Geiger of Churubusco; three granddaughters, Brelle (Brandon) Bridge, Bralen Gebert, and Brittany Geiger; a grandson Colton Geiger and a great-granddaughter Ella Bridge. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifton J. “Jake” and Irene (Krider) Geiger; a brother, Guy Geiger in 1970; three brothers-in-law, Robert Blanchard, Herb Sutton, and Jack Rugg and a sister-in-law, Dottie Geiger. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sugar Grove Church of God with Pastor Timothy Grable, officiating. The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 3 to 8 p.m. today, or one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Eel River Cemetery, Allen County. For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Sugar Grove Church of God.To make online memorials to the family, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.