In Memory of

William Francis Geary

December 22, 1930 - December 19, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
William Francis Geary

William Francis Geary

Born: December 22, 1930
Died: December 19, 2018
Age: 87

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     William Francis Geary, was born on December 22, 1930, on the family farm between Fonda and Varina, Iowa. He entered Into Eternal Life December 19, 2018 at Spencer Hospital, Spencer, Iowa.

Known by friends and family as Bill, he was the middle son of parents Okley Edmund Geary and Catherine “Katie” (Schnetter).

     A devote Catholic, Bill enjoyed farm life and loved woodworking. Suffering from polio as a child, and losing his father at the age of 16, he continued to work until his retirement in 1971.  In addition to farm work in the Varina and Fonda areas, he also lived in Primghar, Pocahontas and briefly in Boulder, Colorado.  During his life, Bill worked as a cobbler, and worked as a handyman at the Ford Garage in Spencer, and finally, as a custodian at Sacred Heart School.  Numerous pieces of his handiwork have been sold through Camp Sunnyside for many years.

      He enjoyed playing pool with his friends at the Senior Center, and going to coffee with the group at the Hy-Vee.  Bill could be frequently seen riding his scooter throughout Spencer and to church. His favorite yearly events were the Fair and the Geary Family reunions.

     Bill lived with his mother until her passing in 1984.  He sold his home in Spencer in 2012, and moved into Cobble Creek until he became ill in December, and was taken to Spencer Hospital, where he passed away on December 19th, just days before what would have been his 88th birthday.

     Bill was preceded in death by his parents; older brother, Anthony, and “Tony’s” wife Velma (Stewart) Geary of Loveland, CO; and Carol (Parker) Geary, of Pinedale WY, wife of younger brother Conley.

Survivors include his brother, Conley Geary, of Pinedale, WY, nieces Diana (Michael) Wiggs of Filer, ID and Sally Cothrel (Patrick) of Garden Grove, CA; Terry (Richard) Freeman of Greeley, CO, and Dixie Geary of Ft. Collins, CO, along with several great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins.

     The family wishes to thank Father Tim Hogan, and the staff and volunteers at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the staff and friends at Cobble Creek, the nurses, doctors and staff at Spencer Hospital, and the staff of Warner Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Janauary 10, 2019, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.

There will be a Rosary Service prior to the Memorial Service at !0:00 a.m., at the church.

Donations can be made in Bill’s memory to Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside, 401 North East 66th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313 or Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1111 4th Avenue West, Spencer, IA 51301.

There will be a lunch served in the church hall following the memorial service and prior to the graveside service.

Father Tim Hogan
Visitation will be at the church prior to the Memorial service.
Columbkille Parish Cemetery
Varina, Iowa


Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:56 AM
“God bless our friend Bill,may his way be clear and short................”
- john/cathy kirschbaum
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 8:10 AM
“So sorry to hear about Bill. He was a swell fellow.”
- Jim & Pat Hynes
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7:53 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Bills passing. I really enjoyed his morning greetings as I would walk into my office & my evening goodbyes.
I will never forget this one time he was getting out of the hospital and he just had to have his scooter back home with him at Cobble Creek (even though he wouldn’t be able to use it for days) but never the less he was determined he was going to drive it home from the hospital in bitter cold temperatures and snow.
Well needless to say he always had a special place in my heart so Darla went with me to pick Bill up and she drove him back to CC while I bundled my self up and drove his scooter home for him. Thankfully the batteries were fully charged and it didn’t take to overly long. :)
Thinking of you all.
Tiffany Reiter- Former director of Cobble Creek
- Tiffany Reiter - former Director of Cobble Creek
Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1:53 PM
“Seems like I've know Bill forever! He was a good friend with a big heart. Sorry to hear he has passed. May he rest in peace!
- Mark Carey”
- Mark Carey
Monday, December 31, 2018 at 1:37 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss. you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Bill will surely be missed”
- Rhonda Essick
Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11:49 AM
“Sorry for your loss. Bill was a neighbor to us fora few years when we lived in Spencer.
Always enjoyed visits with him. he sure enjoyed the treats and visits during the holidays. ”
- Gary Nielsen
Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“I am sad to see this news. I greeted Bill and he greeted me many days in the morning when I attended Sacred Heart School on the old property, West 5th Street I think, in the 50's and 60's. He was one of many of the good memories I have from my days there. God bless and keep you, Bill. You have earned a place in heaven. ”
- Jim Bohnenkamp
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 10:17 AM
“I will miss your smiling face at the bank. Always had great conversations. Rest in peace my dear friend!”
- Julie Schultze
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:04 PM
“To the family of Bill,
Years ago, Bill and his mother lived in our neighborhood. He was always such a kind man. After Bill moved from the house, he would ride his scooter past our house often. Bill and I would always have a conversation about a variety of topics. He always had a smile on his face and such a positive personality. I will miss our conversations. He was a wonderful man. ”
- Brenda Griffin
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:04 PM
“Sorry to hear of Bills passing, I enjoyed our conversations when I would come out to cut his hair. Also honking at him when I would see him around town on his scooter! ”
- Sherry
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