JAMES WILLIS GEISELHART, 78
DECEMBER 21, 1925 - MARCH 29, 2004
Former Frost resident James Willis Geiselhart, 78, of Muscatine, Iowa, died March 29, 2004, at the University of Iowa Hospital of complications of multiple myeloma, a disease he fought for 12 years.
Funeral services were April 3, 2004, at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Mediapolis, Iowa. Burial was at the Kossuth Cemetery in Mediapolis. Memorials were distributed to the American Cancer Society and to his beloved Bethany Lutheran Church of rural Frost.
Jim was born December 21, 1925, at Blue Earth, the son of John Clinton and Belma Thomas Geiselhart. At 11 years of age, he and his brother, Gerald Clinton, became the foster sons of Julius and Ida Larson of Frost. He grew to manhood on the Larson farm becoming a confirmed member of the Lutheran faith. He was attending luther College when he joined the Army-Air Force and served in the South Pacific as a radio operator during World War II. Upon returning from service, he returned to Luther College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He earned his Master of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa.
He married Constance Lydia Carroll on December 31, 1973.
His work life included being an accountant for several years, a teacher for 25 years, and home construction and remodeling for 14 years. He loved to return to visit his lifelong friends and classmates in the Frost area and wrote a newsletter to keep his classmates informed on news of their activities.
Survivors include his wife, Connie Carroll Geiselhart, two daughters, Nancy Joyce Geiken of Ogden, IA and her husband, Keith; and Kathleen Ray Geiselhart, her husband Geoffrey, of Las Vegas; two sons, Larry paul and Richard Ray Geiselhart, both of Calmar, IA, and six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and sister-by-choice Helen Jack.
He was preceded in death by his parents and foster parents, by his two brothers, Elmer Laverne and Gerald Clinton Geiselhart and three sisters, Ruth Isabel Ward, Wanda Geiselhart, and Peggy Maxine Green.
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