Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Marshall. Father Kevin Gormley will officiate. Friends may call until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials are suggested to St. Peter Catholic Church in Marshall or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Born April 19, 1927, in Marshall, he was the son of the late Mitchel F. Geisler and Enid Duvall Morris. On Oct. 21, 1950, he married Dorothy Marie Solomon, who survives of the home. He was a 1945 graduate of Marshall High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, following which he returned to Marshall and attended classes at Missouri Valley College while working for the Marshall Police Department. He was then selected to serve as Marshall chief of police. He later served as chief of police for Garden City, Kan. He again returned to Marshall and spent 27 years working for Wood & Huston Bank of Marshall. He retired as the bank's senior vice president and continued serving on its Board of Directors. After his retirement, he served as mayor of Marshall from 1991 to 2003. In 2003, he received the Marshall Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award. He had served twice as president of the Western Missouri National Academy Association, was a four-year chairman of the State Land Reclamation Commission, president of Marshall Chamber of Commerce and president of the Missouri Chiefs of Police Association. He was district chairman of the Santa Fe Council, Boy Scouts of America, served on the Lake Ozark Council's Board of Directors and was a member of the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation Board. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Marshall, where he was a 15-year member of the church board and had served as the first president of the Mercy Academy School Board, where he also coached football for five years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Additional survivors include one daughter, Julie Geisler of Marshall; one son, Jerald Geisler and wife Shirley of Springfield; two granddaughters, Anna Marie Geisler and Christen Geisler; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, John Geisler and James Geisler; and three children in infancy.
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