Sun Prairie-Philip A. Geiger, age 62, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at St. Mary's Hospital, Madison. He was born on June 6, 1949 in Manitowoc the son of Adalbert & Dorothy (Plamann) Geiger. Philip was united in marriage to Sandy Steele on May 21, 1977 in Madison. Phil was a loving husband, father, brother, and totally devoted to his family. He was an avid outdoorsman, and loved his time at the cabin with his family. He will be missed by his beloved family which include his wife of over 34 years, Sandy; his sons, Chris (JoAnn) Geiger and John Geiger; his daughter, Shawna Geiger; his grandchildren, Chase and Griffin; his sisters, Kathy (Don) Weurthrick and Karla (Dave) Buhler; nieces and nephews. Philip was preceded in death by his parents. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held on Tuesday, April, 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Cress Funeral Home, Sun Prairie with Rev. Bernt Tweit officiating. Friends are invited to call on Tuesday at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. until the time of service. A reception will follow service in the funeral home's community room. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name at the Sun Prairie Special Olympics.
I learned of Phillips passing just this morning. To his wife and family I offer my sincere condolences. Brief life is here our portion, but looking forward, he is waiting for you in his mansion prepared for him by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. 42 years have passed since our paths parted, but fond memories never fade. He and his siblings were great playmates as we grew up together. God be with all of you, He will comfort you now and forever.
I spent many an evening having dinner with Aunt Sandy and Uncle Phil during one of the worst periods of my life. Uncle Phil always made me smile, whether he was picking on me (good naturedly, of course), or just being funny. He was a good man whose presence will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Phil was an awesome big brother! I have many great memories of time spent with him: calling bears in Yellowstone, shooting trap in the dump in Cambridge (yes, even the "special" shell he had for me that sent me flying back on my butt for several yards), trying to sit quietly waiting for deer, learning to drive a motorcycle, and on and on. He filled in as my dad when our dad died. He even taught me you truly can forgive and forget. Phil has given me a lifetime of memories and laughs and the tears I shed are not for him--they're for me for having to live out the rest of my life without him being a physical part of it. Phil, I am so happy for you--you now get to enjoy the rewards reserved for you in heaven. I will spend the rest of my life laughing and crying when I remember you and being forever grateful for the time we were able to spend together on this earth. Love and miss you always Phil! Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Sandy, Shawna, Chris and John, I'm so sorry for your loss. You always treated me like family and I'm thankful for that. Thank you for all the weekends spent at the cabin. I enjoyed all the cards we played. You are a wonderful family and are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sandy and Family, Phil was truly a man that impacted people's lives. We were truly blessed to have had called him friend. All of the special athlets in Sun Prairie and our families are going to miss him. Stephanie got a gold medal yesterday at the State Basketball tournament and she thinks that Phil was helping her get it. We will be there for you! Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Larry, Michelle and Stephanie England
Sandy: Paul and I are so sorry to hear of Phil's death. We remember the times in Minot when we would all get together and play ping pong or pinochole. Those were good times. We are praying for you and your family. Please stay in touch, we have missed you.
I'm very Sorry Chris. Time doesn't erase friendship. If you ever want to talk I'm here. It's going to be a helluva lot worse before better. But, someday you will smile about him again and not cry. Love, Gina
You made me the man I am today. Showed me how to love and raise a family, how to be a good dad, and that there are more important things than money. I will always love and miss you dad.
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