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                                         Lyle A. Geer
                          
  (Colonel - USAF – Retired)

                                     June 22, 1928 – March 26, 2017 

Col. Lyle Geer (USAF – ret.), 88, was called home to Heaven during the early morning of March 26, 2017. Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Colonel… Lyle Allyn Geer was born June 22, 1928 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, the younger of two children born to Allyn Noble Geer and Ellen Frances (Chase) Geer. Lyle graduated from Truman, MN High School in 1946, entered Air Force pilot cadet training in 1947, and graduated in 1949. On August 11, 1950, he married Eileen Claire Koenck at Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ. That day marked the beginning of a wonderful 65 years of marriage with family, faith, and country at its heart. In exemplary fashion, Lyle defended our nation during a 31-year Air Force career that took the family from Arizona to California, Louisiana, and Nebraska. During his first of two remote duty assignments, he was one of the first pilots to fly a tanker on a combat refueling mission during the Korean War. He completed a second tour in Korea in 1972, returning to Strategic Air Command headquarters in Bellevue, NE where he retired in 1979 at the rank of Colonel. He was a loyal Cornhusker football fan, having graduated with an accounting degree from The University of Nebraska – Omaha in 1982 and passing his CPA exams soon thereafter. In 1996, Lyle and Eileen moved and settled in for their very active retirement years in Surprise, AZ. They continued to enjoy golf, Diamondbacks baseball, and traveling all 50 states, but their greatest joys were always family and their activities, sharing and celebrating each milestone in their lives He became a Missouri Synod Lutheran during his second tour in Korea in 1972 and was a member of Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, AZ. With adoring support from family, Lyle was well cared for at home during the last several weeks of his remarkable life. Although his body may have been failing, his mind remained sharp by story telling, reading, news watching, texting, and solving several crosswords and Sudoku puzzles daily. He cherished every family visit, every family picture, and every family story shared with him. 

Left to treasure his memory are his daughter Marcy Marie D'Addio and son-in-law Jerry of Redmond, WA, son Allyn Lyle Geer and daughter-in-law Sendy of Odessa, FL, son Tom Geer and daughter-in-law Melody of Pittsburgh, PA; granddaughters Nicole Geer of Seattle, WA, Kristin Harper and husband Bryan of Parker, CO, Kayla Geer of Pittsburgh, Jessica Davis and husband Elliot of Tampa, FL; grandsons Brian Geer of Tampa, Jordan Geer and Jared Lyle Geer of Pittsburgh, and Benjamin Geer of Odessa; Services will be at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West on May 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment for Colonel and Mrs. Geer will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in the coming months.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either:

The American Cancer Societyhttps://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorial-giving.html

Special Olympics Allegheny County
404 First Street
Heidelberg, PA 151

 


Lyle was a tanker ops guy, long time resident of Bellevue, NE,
and a friend to the 55th.                        Max