February 19, 2013

D. Stanley Geiser 86, of Ft. Myers and Indianapolis, IN, died February 19.

He was born to Christian B. and Bertha Geiser at Orrville, OH, June 22, 1926.

"Stan" is survived by his wife, Floramae "Rusty" Geiser and three children: David (Diana) of Ft. Myers, FL, and Andrew (Jeanne) and Tamara (Dennis) Gallet both of Zionsville, IN. Stan leaves behind seven grandchildren: Christian, Orlando, FL; Alexander, Las Vegas, NV; Chase Geiser, Ft. Myers, FL; Bryan Gallet, Indianapolis IN; Allison Epp, Westfield, IN; Matthew and Joshua Geiser, Zionsville, IN. There are three great grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters Doris Swinehart, Wooster, OH; Lucille (Edward) Randall, Northboro, MA; Lois (Byron) Gerber, Orrville, OH, and Virginia (Harold) Cocanower, Greenville, SC.

Stan served in the U.S. Navy for two years as a pharmacist's mate and was honorably discharged in August, 1946. He graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. Degree in Economics in 1950 and from Iowa State University with an M.S. Degree in Technical Journalism in 1952.

After three years on the editorial staff of Meredith Publishing Company, Des Moines, IA, Stan moved to Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, where he continued his career for 31 years in both the pharmaceutical and agricultural areas.

He was named Director of Marketing for agricultural chemicals in Lilly's Elanco Division in 1967 and in 1973 was made Director of agricultural communications for Elanco.

After his retirement Stan consulted with agricultural groups and took on more volunteer activities. He counseled small businesses through SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) for 13 years. For 33 years Stan and Rusty cherished the woods and waters of Eagle Creek Park that bordered their residence in Indianapolis.

Stan was a founding member of Peace Lutheran Church, Ft. Myers. Through his leadership and business acumen, Stan helped make it possible for the purchase of land and construction of the church. He was an enthusiastic greeter for parishioners and a communion assistant.

Since 1997, the Geisers have been residents of Florida where Stan volunteered at Lee Memorial Health Park and Hope Hopice.

Stan was an avid golfer, often shooting at or below his age in recent years. But his greatest joy was his family—three children and seven grandchildren. Family vacations at seashores, dude ranch and cruise ships were frequently remembered and cherished by all.

A memorial service for Stan will be held Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church, 15840 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Calling is at 1 p.m., the service at 2 p.m. with fellowship to follow. Memorial gifts may be directed to the church.

Published in The News-Press on Feb. 22, 2013