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Arthur Vernon Geringer


1923 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Arthur Vernon Geringer Obituary
June 10, 1923 - September 5, 2016 Arthur Geringer was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Calumet High School in 1942. It was after moving to California with his parents and brother, Richard, in 1945 that he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in the 22nd Division of Combat Engineers. By war's end, he was transporting war prisoners to and from security facilities. He always had many stories to tell of his time in the service of his country. Art met the love of his life, Mae Gale, in Los Angeles in 1946. They married in 1949 and lived in Tarzana, California for over 30 years before moving to Woodland Hills, and later Oak Park. Art was a fun, loving and supportive father to his three children, and an honorary uncle to the many other children growing up in his Tarzana neighborhood. He coached many seasons of baseball, and attended swim meets all over the southwest for many years. An avid boater, he built his own cabin cruiser, "Mae's Rival," from a kit in 1958, and quickly taught all in the family and neighborhood to water ski. Art grew up in his father's architectural hardware business in Chicago, and after his military service he was employed at a major Los Angeles contract hardware firm. Art was a door hardware innovator and he is credited with ushering in the modern era of access control hardware with his development of the 90° throw electric lock. He was the recipient of the Door and Hardware Institute's highest honor, the Founders' Award. He was actively involved in the door hardware business for over 60 years. He continued to participate in and contribute to the profession until his passing, designing and developing new and innovative access and egress control products for Security Door Controls, the company he founded in 1972. Art is survived by his sons David (Sharon) Geringer, Richard Geringer, his daughter Gloria (Willy) Marchand, his brother Richard (Patricia) Geringer and three nephews. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. They will all miss his many entertaining stories of his life, but have his published memoirs to read when they want to be close to him again. Art was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mae, in 1998. She suffered from Alzheimer's Disease for 15 years prior to her passing. The family requests that friends please consider a gift in Art's name to the at www.ALZ.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 10 to Sept. 11, 2016
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