John was born to eternal life on Monday, September 19th, 2022 at the age of 85. He was the only son of the late John C. Geis and Eleanor (Folger) Geis.
Beloved husband of 29 years to Carol (Bauers) Geis until her passing in 1999.
Dear father of Linda (Brian) Morey, Laurie (Jeffrey) Greulich, Lesley (Scott) Fletcher and Gregory (Tisha) Geis.
Proud grandfather of Anna and Elisabeth Greulich and Carly and Sidney Fletcher.
John was also preceded in death by his sisters Joanne (Richard) Ceman and Arlene (Richard) Bublitz.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, John attended St. Michael's Grade School and was a graduate of Messmer High School, class of 1955.
Known to his close family as “Jack”, he was an all round athlete in the 1950’s Catholic Youth Organization. John had trophies in many sports including boxing, basketball and bowling.
He kept in touch with friends made from his youth as they became lifelong friends.
Other activities John enjoyed were waterskiing, fishing, and swimming.
John proudly served his country as a member of the US Army from 1957 until he was honorably discharged in 1963. His tours of duty overseas included Schweinfurt, Germany and Venice, Italy.
John worked at Harley Davidson in Milwaukee for 40 years and it was there that he met Carol. The two were married in April 1970.
John and Carol raised their four children while being active members of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and School, and, in later years, Saint Margaret Mary Parish, both in Milwaukee. Throughout the years, John served as an usher, a member of the parish council, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. It was during those years where lifelong friendships were made with other families in the parish, school and in the neighborhood.
John and family enjoyed many family gatherings and backyard parties with friends. At these events John and friends enjoyed backyard barbecues, playing jarts, and participating in Sheepshead games with beer in hand. John always enjoyed summer trips up north with the family to Woodruff to visit Carol’s parents and relatives. Also, Sundays were often dedicated to dinners with extended family at his mother’s house.
John loved Wisconsin sports and could always be found watching a Brewer, Badger or Packer game. An avid history buff, John could spend hours looking at old photos and maps. He could easily tell stories of old Milwaukee landmarks including the original streetcar as well as times sneaking into County Stadium to watch the Milwaukee Braves. His sense of humor was unmatched, as was his kind and gentlemanly nature.
John will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Dementia Society of America
Funeral Services for John will be held on Saturday September 24, 2022 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church 3970 N. 92nd Street Milwaukee. Visitation will begin at 9:00 until 10:45. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00. Rev. Pat Nelson officiating with Rev. Greg Serwa concelebrating.