Thomas Frederick GEIGER
1947 - 2017
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GEIGER, Thomas Frederick Tom went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 69 years old on June 17, 2017. He was born in Stockton, California on August 9, 1947, to Elmer and Verna Geiger. When Tom was six and his brother Jim was four, the family moved to Norwalk, California where he graduated from Excelsior High School in 1965. In 1967, he volunteered for service in the US Navy where he spent four years. Tom served on the USS Saratoga CVA-60 from July 1969 to January 1970 and the USS Ranger CVA-60 from February 1970 to August 1971. In 1975, Tom graduated from Sacramento City College with an AS degree in Aviation Maintenance. In July 1975, He moved to Sonoma County to work for Stol Air. In 1982, Tom married the mother of his children, Lorie Yates and they raised their two children, Keith and Darla, in Sebastopol California. The family enjoyed trips to Lodi to see their grandma Verna, camping trips, and vacations to Disneyland, North Carolina, and other adventures. Tom worked for Sonoma County Community Hospital/Sutter Medical Center as Stationary Engineer from 1984 to 2007. He worked at Sonoma Developmental Center from 2007 to 2017. He married his loving wife Dedee on October 11th, 2014, spending his golden years with her while being semi-retired and going on vacations to Lake Tahoe, Kauai, AZ, FL, WA, and other adventures. Tom was an active member of Sebastopol Christian Church for 22 years. He had many interests in life including car racing such as go kart racing, working on his brother's pit crew, and watching NASCAR, car clubs such as Super Coupe Club Thunderbird of America and NorCal Mini Cooper Club, working on planes, motorcycles, and cars, sound engineering for his church, singing in the church choir and attending Bible study with Dedee, and gardening. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his grandmother Leota Nickerson. Tom is survived by his beloved wife Dedee Coral Geiger, his children Keith Ballard Geiger and Darla Tillman (Davin), the mother of his children Lorie Spencer, his granddaughter Claire Ojeda-Geiger, his brother James Geiger (Amy), Dedee's children Trevor Brinton (Meredith) and Sean Brinton (Sunset), grandchildren Gabriel, Chase, and Meryl, many nieces, nephews, and in-laws. His burial will be at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park on Friday, June 23rd. Memorial Service will be held at Sebastopol Christian Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 1st, 7433 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, CA. Reception to follow.

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Published in Press Democrat from Jun. 21 to Jun. 30, 2017.
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June 29, 2017
Very sorry for your loss. Tom was a good guy and I know he will be missed. I worked with Tom for several years at the Sonoma Developement Center and respected his work ethic attention to detail, and his willingness to assist others. Very sorry to see him pass.
Curtis Bryan
June 29, 2017
John Bothern
June 22, 2017
Tom was an exceptional son to his parents, brother to James, father to our children and granddaughter. Tom. I will always love you and miss you. Losing you has been the worst thing to happen to Dedee. Keith, Darla and her husband Davin, Claire, and your brother Jim and so many other relatives and friends.

Life isn't fair, but I know your with God now.

Love always, the mother of your children Lola (Lorie) Spencer
Lorie Spencer
June 22, 2017
In the memory of an angel who walked amongst us.
Craig & Cynthia Rich
June 22, 2017
Thank you all for your messages. Everyone involved in my dad's life is welcome to come and share at his Memorial service on Saturday July 1st.


Darla Tillman (Geiger)

Rest in Peace Daddy
Darla Tillman (Geiger)
June 21, 2017
I never met tom , but got a sense that he was a great man and loved by others R.I.p tom your daughter darla is such a sweetheart and your ex wife Lorie is so sweet too I love them both so much
Kim Petersen
June 21, 2017
Military honors will take place at the burial at 10:00 am
this Friday.
Lorie Geiger-Spencer
June 21, 2017
I too had the pleasure of knowing Tom during the last few years I worked at Sutter/Santa Rosa. In my memory, Tom was a reliable, knowledgeable worker with a witty sense of humor. RIP Tom.
Mike Lindsay
June 21, 2017
Tom and I were in VA-113 together on both Saratoga and Ranger cruises. We had to crawl down the intake ducts when they returned to deck and clean them out. I have no doubt they were full of Agent Orange...Rest peacefully my brother sailor and brown shirt.
Gary Feikert
June 21, 2017
I had the pleasure of working with Tom at Community Hospital back in the 80's and 90's for a time. A good guy who I always counted as a friend so I was saddened seeing the news in the paper today. We'd BS about a million things but mostly cars. A good man I'm sorry to see go.

Mike Wassall
Mike Wassall
June 21, 2017
While I did not know Thomas, I was on RANGER CV61 at the exact same time, Feb 1970, although I left in December. We certainly shared the same place at the same time. RIP, shipmate. I wish I knew what time the burial was, as it was not posted in the obit. Fair Winds and Following Seas into eternity, Sailor.
June 21, 2017
When I think of Tom I remember the trip to Disneyland my son and I took with him and Lorie. What a fun time that was! Lorie and I still regret that we didn't buy the photo of him riding the California Screaming rollercoaster. We had a lot of laughs, even though he got annoyed with us for calling him a "sugar daddy". God bless you, Tom. You will be missed a lot. RIP, my friend.
Alexa Hemmann
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