Donald Allen Geisler
Geisler, Donald Allen, age 80 of Shelby Township, Lake Orion, Cadiz KY, passed away April 15, 2020 from complications of Covid19. Devoted husband of Sally Geisler. Adoring father of Deborah (Terry Stokes) and Deanna Geisler (Sherri LaFrance). Cherished grandfather of Joshua, Elizabeth, Joseph and Melissa. Birth grandfather of Justin Reschke. Great grandfather of Lucas, Connor and Kira. Loving brother of Norma (James) Heffron, the late Richard (Karen) Geisler. Uncle of Ramin (Anna) Geisler Kim (Kendall) Sutter and Chris (Dawn) Heffron. Don was a gifted history and government teacher at Avondale High School in Auburn Hills MI for 32 years and founder of D.A.G. Wood products. His Love, devotion, and guidance will be gravely missed. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Online guest book: www.modetzfuneralhomes.com
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He was one of the best/funniest teachers I've ever had. My deepest sympathies on your family's loss.
Michele Sellers
Student
July 8, 2020
There is a memorial service for Donald Geisler at Spencer Park in Rochester Hills on Sunday July 12 from 1-3. (Admittance fee applies). Friends and students welcome.
Deanna Geisler
Family
June 26, 2020
Thank you for all of the kind memories, they are even
More touching and meaningful during this covid pandemic where we all are feeling a bit isolated and lonely. My father was a great man, husband, outstanding teacher and my best friend growing up. His memories will keep him alive within us.
Deanna Geisler
April 28, 2020
I remember his dry sense of humor. I enjoyed and respected him...and gave him all kinds of grief. He was a teacher that heavily influenced me.
Bill Peel
April 21, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr Geisler. He was my teacher in the late '60s and early '70s. I enjoyed his class,his care and concern for his students. He was one of the reasons I became a teacher. Sending you all my best wishes...
Margie
April 19, 2020
He is the reason I became a history teacher
Chuck Berch
Student
April 19, 2020
Sad to hear of Mr. Geisler's passing. Such good memories and thoughts of an amazing man. He was an incredible, energetic teacher. He somehow had the energy to organize a trip to Washington, D.C. with a group of us students in 1980. I don't know how he did it! But it was a great trip, I learned a great deal. Saw the world a little differently after that. And a visit to an Anti-nuclear conference at Wayne State University that had a huge impact on me. A teacher who knew how to connect with his students. Rest in peace Mr. Geisler and condolences to all his family and friends.
Dan Golembeski
Student
April 19, 2020
Mr. Geisler was a true gem at Avondale. He will be greatly missed. Thank you for sharing him with all of us students, he has impacted so many of us and left with a thrist for knowledge for government and history that we will never forget. Rest in peace.
Amy (Long)
Student
April 18, 2020
I had him as a teacher..and he was one that cared. He was a great man...heaven has a great man..
Joann Bradford)
Student
April 18, 2020
I was blessed to have a teacher as fantastic as Mr. G. He cared about his students and helped bring history alive! Who could forget classes in the portable with Mr. G. He was a big influence on my decision to become a teacher. He will be missed but not forgotten!
Rich Ohngren
April 18, 2020
Mr Geisler was my favorite teacher and a wonderful example of a kind , caring adult. He fostered my love of History.
Amy Ceglarek
April 17, 2020
Sending my best wishes to your family. Mr. Geisler was a favorite teacher of mine at Avondale. A model teacher who loved his job. Class of 1972.
Nancy Strohschein
Student
April 17, 2020
Mr. Geisler was a very kind man, one of Avondale's best. He was one of the very best. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family during this time.
Heather
Student
April 17, 2020
Mr. Geisler was my 10th grade Social Studies teacher and he was one of my favorites! I will always remember the mock WWII he had us do. He remains to be one of the few examples, in my life, of how to effectively teach. As I often ponder about how I can be a better instructor, I think about how he did things, made me think and process. He was a quintessential teacher for sure. Thank you Mr Geisler - May you Rest in Peace!
Heather Gladden
Student
April 17, 2020
I remember Mr. Geisler very well. He was a kind and thoughtful man who encouraged student participation and classroom discussion. His family can be proud of his legacy. Godspeed Mr. Geisler. Class of 1979
Roberta
April 17, 2020
Don was a great man and teacher. I loved his sense of humor. I'm very sad to hear of his passing.
Andrew Ogawa
Student
April 17, 2020
Mr. Geisler was an amazing teacher and a great human. He made learning fun and I will always be grateful for his guidance. I am so sorry to his loved ones for this loss. He touched many lives immeasurably in his time as a teacher. His loss is a great one to many. Avondale Class of 89. Freshman History and Senior Advanced Placement Government.
Virginia Robinson
Student
April 17, 2020
Mr Geisler was my favorite teacher, and meant so much to me, Kathrin and Sara. He always had his door open. I remember spending extra time hanging out in his classroom enjoying his company and wit. My heart goes out to his family. He was a great man.
Rachel Zorn
April 17, 2020
I have very vivid and fond memories of Mr. Geisler's class at Avondale High School. He was a wonderful teacher.
Rose Moya
Student
April 17, 2020
He was an amazing teacher one of my favorites prayers to the family
Shirley Martin
Student
April 17, 2020
Some teachers leave bigger footprints, and point the way more than others. For me, Mr. Geisler was one of these teachers. As many of us now know, he has passed away due to complications of the coronavirus. I am left to reflect on the lessons he taught me about history, objectivity, and hard work.

I have had a life-long fascination with history, and as I search my memories, that love of learning started in his class.

Thank you Don.
Steve BEcker
April 17, 2020
Some teachers leave bigger footprints, and point the way more than others. For me, Mr. Geisler was one of these teachers. As many of us now know, he has passed away due to complications of the coronavirus. I am left to reflect on the lessons he taught me about history, objectivity, and hard work.

I have had a life-long fascination with history, and as I search my memories, that love of learning started in his class. Thank you Don.
Steve Becker
Steve Becker
April 17, 2020
Don was a teacher I liked and admired, as did all I knew who had classes with him. Im so sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family and loved ones.
Phil Hughes
Student
April 17, 2020
My condolences to the family. Mr Geisler was an engaging and passionate teacher of History. Still warmly remembered.
Paul 1988
Student
April 17, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. Fond memories of him.
Judy Churchill '73
Judy Churchill
April 17, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was the epitome of a teacher. He allowed his students to debate and learn through actual thinking! Not just rote memorization. He genuinely cared about his students! I am a better consumer of the media and information because of him. He was a true gem!
Beverly
Student
April 17, 2020
I am so sorry Mr Geisler was my teacher at Avondale he was awesome my prayers and condolences to his family RIP
Rita Wiseheart
April 17, 2020
I was just thinking about Mr. Geisler the other day even though it's been about 35 years since I last saw him. Obviously he was a teacher and a human that made an impact others. His Humanities class in particular has stuck with me all these years, for both very profound and humorous reasons (those who were there know why). No matter what the subject, Mr. Geisler taught critical thinking, even though the phrase may not have even existed then. He made his students better people. Full stop. Rest well Mr. Geisler, and thank you!!
Rich
Student
April 17, 2020
Loved him as a teacher and basketball coach (sometime in the mid 70s). Condolences to his family & friends.
Steve Auger
Student
April 17, 2020
I had Mr Geisler for my history teacher and he was a wonderful man and one of my favorite teachers in high school. Rest in peace and God bless the family
Fawn Gallagher
Student
April 17, 2020
Had Mr Growler 2 different years. He was the best teacher I ever had. I was a student at a difficult time in my life, and his class was why I went to school. No doubt countless others like myself. So sorry for his friends and family. But to his family, thank you for letting him into the lives of so many. He was a great man.
William Gavette
Student
April 17, 2020
This man was a big part of my life he was not just a teacher but he was a good friend there was a time that I wanted to give up but he wouldn't let me and I'm glad I listened to him he may graduating high school a lot easy for me thank you for being a part of life his family is definitely in my prayers
Delbert Clason
Student
April 16, 2020
I had Mr Geisler for Freshman History which was around 1973, 1974. He was one of my favorite teachers. RIP Mr Geisler and prayers for you and your family.
Larry McLeod
Student
April 16, 2020
My favorite teacher! He made me pay attention and want to!!
Eric Schmidt
Student
April 16, 2020
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