|Birth: ||Aug. 18, 1901|
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 1972|
The Canon City Daily Record
Canon City, Colorado, November 28, 1972
Fredrick A. Geer, Retired Grain Buyer, Dies Unexpectedly
Fredrick A. Geer of 215 Delray, retired grain buyer and smelter operator, died unexpectedly Monday at his home from a heart attack. He was 71.
He is survived by his widow, Dora. They were married April 12, 1931 in Rocky Ford.
He was born Aug. 18, 1901 in Kinsley, Kans., and spent most of his life in Oklahoma, living in Blackwell, Okla., 21 years. Mr. Geer had resided in Canon City the past seven years. He retired from the Blackwell Zinc Corporation in Sept. 1965.
He as a member of the United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge of Blackwell, Okla., and a life member of the Smelter Workers Union.
Surviving in addition to his widow are seven sons and one daughter, Richard A. Geer of Wichita, Kans., MSgt. Robert E. Geer, Ret., Okmulgee, Okla., Mrs. Marjorie Ireland of Pueblo, Maj. Jerry D. Geer of U.S. Army, Omaha, Neb., U.S. Army CW2 Virgil R. Geer and CW3 Wayne F. Geer of Germany, Albert W. Geer of Tahlequah, Okla., Marine Sgt. Galen L. Geer of San Diego, Calif.; 26 grandchildren.
A twin brother, George A. Geer, also survives.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Andrews Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Paul Leaming, officiating.
Burial will be in the Masonic Section of Mountain Vail Memory Gardens.
Blackwell, Oklahoma, September 27, 1965
City Man To Retire From B. Z. Smelter
Blackwell Zinc company employee Fred Geer, 939 North Seventh, retires Tuesday after almost 24 years with the smelter here.
Wednesday, Mr. and Mrs. Geer and their youngest son, Galen, leave for Canon City, Colo., to make their home on an acreage outside the city.
Geer, a gate watchman since February, 1962, began his employment with the company on march 18, 1942, working first in the pottery and transferring to the yards after two years.
Early in 1956, he moved to the mechanical department as night watchman and also worked in the powerhouse altogether remaining there until 1962.
A Kansan by birth, Geer, 64, came to Blackwell in 1909 moving shortly afterward to a farm west of Lamont.
He attended Lamont schools and the University Preparatory School at Tonkawa (now Northern Oklahoma college).
Colorado has a longtime attraction for Geer, who lived at Rocky ford for 11 years, marrying his wife, Dora, there in 1931.
Prior to employment at Blackwell Zinc, Geer managed the Larabee flour mill at Lamont.
He recalls a four-month period in 1942 when he often walked to the smelter from Deer Creek, where the family had moved, because of wartime tire and gasoline shortages.
"It was thirteen-and-a-half miles," he says. "But I usually caught a ride back."
Since 1958 Geer has also been manager of the elevator at Tyner, south of Blackwell.
He is a member of Chikaski Masonic lodge, the police auxiliary and for 16 years served on the executive board of the Smelter Workers Union. He is a member of the Methodist church.
Mr. and Mrs. Geer have seven sons, Richard of Wichita; Sgt. First Class Robert Geer, stationed with the army in Germany; Capt. Jerry Geer also in Germany with the army; Chief Warrant Officer Wayne Geer of fort Benning, Ga.; Albert of Dexter, Mo.; Virgil, a student at Northern Oklahoma college, and Galen, a junior at Blackwell high school.
Their daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Cargo, lives in Harlingen, Tex.
At Canon City, Geer says he plans to hunt and fish and raise garden.
"I will have to learn how to irrigate," he commented, "but expect to have help on that from relatives already in Colorado."
My father had a way of embellishing a story, especially one about himself, so some of the data in this newspaper article may not be accurate, e.g., that he came to Blackwell in 1909. In 1906 his father sold his interest in the Kinsley, Kansas Mercury and moved to Cold Water, Kansas. In 1913 his father bought a farm near Lamont, Oklahoma, and moved his family there. Our family came to Blackwell in 1945. Also, during the ‘20s he worked at a sugar beet plant in Rocky Ford, Colorado during the late summer months, however, he did not permanently live there. Nor did I ever see my father in church for any reason. For a more complete genealogical sketch of Fred Geer one must examine all available information. In 1997 Marjorie Ireland is the unofficial family historian and has a generally complete lifetime profile of Fred.
Albert Edwin Geer (1869 - 1944)
Lizzie Arabella Hampton Geer (1872 - 1929)
Dora Ellen Sala Geer (1907 - 2003)*
Richard Allen Geer (1932 - 1995)*
Robert Eugene Geer (1933 - 1995)*
Marjorie Ellen Geer Ireland (1935 - 2012)*
Jerry Dee Geer (1936 - 2005)*
Wayne Frederick Geer (1940 - 2008)*
Albert Warren Geer (1942 - 1981)*
George Arthur Geer (1901 - 1973)*
Frederick Allen Geer (1901 - 1972)
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