Arnold E. Geer 1933-2018

KITZMILLER, Md. — Arnold E. “Sonny” Geer, 84, of Kitzmiller, Md., formerly of Braceville, passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at the Garrett Regional Medical Center.

Born Jan. 26, 1933, in Durango, Colo., he was the son of the late Chester E. and Emma Cutler Chappell. Sonny was a 1952 graduate of Howland High School.

He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Upon returning to Ohio, Sonny resumed his position at Copperweld Steel Company where he was known as “Cowboy.” Proud of his Colorado heritage, Sonny was seldom seen without his trademark cowboy hat and boots. He retired from the mill after working over 30 years where he was a member of the United Steelworkers of America Local 1375.

Sonny had a real sense of adventure. He built his first motorcycle and rode it between Ohio and Maryland to court his future wife. He shared his adventures with his family, traveling to 44 states thoughout the years. He was famous for his carvings, crafting and building his family retreat off Short Run Road in Kitzmiller fondly known as “the Cabin.” Sonny shared his passion for dancing, playing cards and bowling with his family.

After retirement, Sonny and Janet spent 13 winters in Big Pine Key, Fla., where he loved to fish. Sonny was a member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Kitzmiller.

Sonny had a larger-than-life fun spirit and a deep love for his family and for those reasons he will be greatly missed.

Sonny is survived by his bride of 61 years, Janet R. Wilson Geer; his children, Ron (Kay) Geer of Rochelle, Va., Larry (Theresa) Geer of Kitzmiller, Arnette (Bill) Badanjek of Southington and Wayne (Jennifer) Geer of Canton; grandchildren, Josh (Jeannine) Geer, Phil (Samantha) Geer, Rachel (Brandon) Roberts Brandon, Cari (Dan) Helbig, Trina (James Eckenrod) Badanjek, Billy (Christine) Badanjek, Matt Badanjek, Stephanie Swogger and Jenny Geer; great-grandchildren, Brett, Alycea, Jacob, Shelby, James Jr., MacKenzie, Christian and Madison; and siblings, Barbara Keller, Nelma (Michael) Jones and JoAnn (Bill) Kemphfer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor Redmond.

In accordance with Sonny’s wishes, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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