Here are the obituaries of my father and paternal grandparents. I'd love to hear from you if you are related or were friends with any of them.
Ila Iola Geyer, 78, died at her home in Herndon, Va., Friday, March 13, 1992.
Funeral services will be Thursday, March 19, at 1 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Herndon. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Mrs. Geyer was born June 11, 1913, in Plano, Iowa, the daughter of Samuel and Bessie Belle Bear. She graduated from Seymour (Iowa) High School and the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, with a degree in elementary education. Ila Bear Geyer taught at Union School, north of Wellman, from 1938 to 1940. She also married Harlan M. Geyer on June 11, 1945, at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and moved to Herndon, Va., from Mission Hills, Calif.
Mrs. Geyer is survived by her husband of Herndon; a son, Harlan M. Geyer Jr., and his wife Unchalee of Herndon; a daughter, Cherie Ann Geyer of Laguna Hills, Calif.; three grandchildren, Christina, Christopher and Christian Geyer, all of Herndon; one sister, Holly Plaster of Gering, Neb.; four brothers, Austin Bear of Arizona, George Bear of New Jersey, Claude Bear of Plano, Iowa, and John Bear of Missouri.
From: Wellman Advance [Iowa]
Of Oak Hill, VA. On Friday, November 2, 2001 at Hospice of Arlington. Beloved husband of Unchalee Geyer; father of Christina Lynn Geyer of Durham, NC, Christopher Eugene and Christian Alan Geyer, both of Richmond, VA; son of Harlan M. Geyer of Reston, VA; brother of Cherie Ann Geyer of Aliso Viejo, CA. Mr. Geyer was a Marine Combat Veteran of Vietnam and awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award. Service will be held on Sunday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at ADAMS-GREEN FUNERAL HOME, 721 Elden St, Herndon, VA. A graveside service will also be held at Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium on Tuesday, November 20 at 1 p.m. (Please assemble at 12:30 p.m. at the Administration Building). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to Hospice of Northern Virginia or the American Cancer Society.
From: The Washington Post 3 Nov 2001
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Of Reston, VA, died on Friday, March 24, 2006 at Fair Oaks Hospital. He was born July 20, 1920 in the town of Wellman, IA to the late Francis Grant and Grace McGimpsey Geyer.
Harlan served 20 years in the US Marine Corps, attaining the rank of 1st Sergeant. As a member of the 2nd Marine Division, he took part in the Battle of Tarawa, one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific in World War II. He also served in the Battles of Saipan and Tinian.
On June 11, 1945 he was joined in marriage to Ila I. Bear. After her passing in 1992, he was united in marriage to his second wife, Mary Gallagher Farley Bahlmann, who passed away in 2001. Harlan is survived by three brothers, Calvin, Larry and LaVerne; his sisters, Doris Allard, Dorothy Biddle and Niva Nix; his daughter, Cherie Geyer and his grandchildren, Christopher and Christian and Christina Geyer and her husband, Rainer Spang. Harlan also rejoiced in being a loving grandfather to Beth, Patsy, Scott and Chris Farley, grandchildren of his second wife. He was preceded in death by his son, Harlan M. Geyer, Jr.
Funeral services for HARLAN M. GEYER will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1 at ADAMS-GREEN FUNERAL HOME, 721 Elden St., Herndon, VA. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, April 11 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are welcome.
From: The Washington Post 29 Mar 2006
Update: Memorial webpage for my grandfather