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J.D. Geiger, 82

August 16, 2012

J.D. Geiger, 82, of North Webster, died at 11:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at Mason Health and Rehab in Warsaw. He was born on Sept. 7, 1929, in Noble County, to Adrian M. and Mary R. (Birch) Geiger.
He was a lifetime Noble and Kosciusko County resident. He graduated in 1947 from Cromwell High School, attended International Business College in Fort Wayne and graduated in 1951 from State Police School at Indiana University in Bloomington.
On Sept. 12, 1948, in Kimmell, he married Bonita R. McLallin who survives.
He formerly worked for the Indiana State Police, was assigned to Kosciusko County in 1951, and in 1958, he resigned from the ISP to run for Kosciusko County Sheriff.
He was in insurance sales for several years, became an insurance adjuster and then operated Columbia City Insulation with his brother, Hugh Geiger.
In 1969 he was appointed Tippecanoe Township justice of the peace and was holding this position when the justice of the peace officers were disbanded by the legislature in 1975.
In 1976, he became the North Webster town judge. In January 1977, he went to work for Keith Horn at Yogi Bear Jellystone Campground in Pierceton as security and registration manager and later became executive vice president in charge of the park for the property owners association board.
In 1981, he was appointed manager of the Warsaw License Branch by Jean Northerner.
In 1984, he was elected as the Kosciusko County auditor. He served as weights and measures inspector for Kosciusko County from 1997–2002 when he retired.
He was a member of the Church of the Brethren in North Webster, Masonic Lodge #705 F and AM in Cromwell, where he served as past master of the North Webster Square and Compass Masonic Lodge #747 F and AM and Fort Wayne Valley of Scottish Rite.
He was formerly the Kosciusko County republican chairman from 1989–1993, served as precinct committeeman for Tippecanoe Township and was a charter board member of the Warsaw Driver Education Co-op since 1982.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Bonita Geiger of North Webster; two daughters, Dawn Fisher of Warsaw and Jill (Dean) Miner of Warsaw; a son, Brian Geiger of Warsaw; four grandchildren, Andy (Katie) Miner, Chad Fisher, Heather Geiger and Brandon Geiger; stepgrandchild, Tony (Cathy) Miner; seven great-grandchildren, Connor, Emily, Dawson, Adam, Ava, Ethan and Madeline; six stepgreat-grandchildren and two brothers, Charles (Pat) Geiger of Cromwell and Hugh (Kay) Geiger of Columbia City.
He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Tamara Geiger Ridgway.
Visitation will be from 3: to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at Owen Family Funeral Home, Ind. 13 and C.R. 500 N., North Webster.
Masonic Lodge services will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, at the funeral home with Pastor Robert Wyman of the church officiating. Burial will follow in Sparta Cemetery in Kimmell.
Memorial bequest may be given to Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581 or North Webster Church of the Brethren. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
To send condolences to the family in Mr. Geiger’s memory visit www.owenfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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