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Richard Charles Geilenfeldt

1937 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Richard Charles Geilenfeldt Obituary
Geilenfeldt, Richard Charles

Richard Charles Geilenfeldt, aka "Mr. G" was born March 3, 1937, in Buffalo Center, Iowa. Surrounded by his family, he passed away February 26, 2016 in Wahiawa, Hawaii, due to Parkinson Disease.

Richard lead a charmed and fulfilling life. He was gifted with an innate understanding of all things mechanical. He was resourceful, inventive and had well developed business intution. He rarely passed up an opportunity and was scarcely idle during his 79 years.

Richard was raised by his single mother, widowed grandmother and brother in a time when there was no public assistance and minimal child support. They arrived in Albquerque in 1943 with few funds or prospects, but the Lord had blessed them all with pleasant, even temperaments and amazing work ethic. Richard soon got jobs, delivering newspapers and stocking gorceries for a store near the Triangle on Monte Vista NE. He spent his spare time with the firemen at the Monte Vista Fire station, who helped him build his soap box derby.

While attending Albuquerque High School, he continued his morning paper route, apprenticed at Buckley Printing, worked at a gas station, all the while building his own hot rods and drag racing on Eubank SE at night. He was employed by Jackson Engraving at the age of 20 and at Ward Anderson Printing from age 23 to 30, where he became a journeyman printer.

When a tech rep offered him the opportunity to become the local dealer for printing plates, he accepted and this led to opening Litho Supply Inc., a graphic arts supply house. Richard worked in the graphic arts trade until age 50. At age 45, his desire for a nice place to store his boat led him to build and operate Mr. G's Boat Storage, in Elephant Butte, until he retired at 71. He continued to pursue his life long love of working on things that go VROOM!

Richard had a big heart and was generous with his talents. All who knew him seem to have a story: "My car broke down on I-25 and he... My press wouldn't print gold ink and he... I didn't have space for a dark room and he.. I couldn't get credit and he... Termites ate my steps and he... My trailer lights wouldn't work and he... We wanted a nice car for wedding and he... My model A Ford engine had a rattle and he... In a tri level home, I was stuck in a wheelchair and he...", to state a few.

He is survived by his wife Sharron of 57 years; son Mike and spouse Laurie; daughter Mary and spouse Paul Lucero; grandchildren, Andrew, Amanda, Aaron and spouse Jaime Geilenfeldt; Carmen and Isabelle Lucero; brother Robert and spouse Judy; half siblings, Paul & Gary Geilenfeldt and Gloria Stensland. He was esteemed and loved by his wife and children and adored by his grandchildren. He is sorely missed. Inquiries call 505-554-8488

Our hearts go out to those dealing with Parkinson Disease. National Parkinson Foundation.org or 200 SE 1st, Suite 800, Miami, FL would very much appreciate your donation.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on July 17, 2016
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