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Jack Geyer

April 26, 1933 — December 31, 2023

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Jack Alan Geyer, 90, was called home to be with the Lord on December 31, 2023.

He was born on April 26, 1933 in Buffalo, NY and graduated from Bennett High School in 1951. He was a committed swimmer all four years of his high school career, winning the city high school championship in 1950. He was offered a swimming scholarship to Syracuse University, but joined the Air Force in February 1953 during the Korean War, before being drafted. After basic training, he attended A & E school in Texas, then was stationed at Good fellow Air Force Base in 1954. He was awarded Airmen of the Month twice and 2nd on the base once. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in January 1957, ranked Senior Airmen A/16. While working part time for the Eastside YMCA in Fort Worth as a supervisor and teen club director, he completed his bachelors degree at Texas Christian University in 1961, and completed graduate work through Brite Bible College at Texas Christian University in 1963. He also worked in the All Church Home for Kids in 1962 and as a Youth Director in the Fort Worth First Christian Church in 1960-1963. He accepted his first full-time YMCA position in 1963 in Dallas, TX, and remained there until 1967, when he accepted a position as Executive Director at the Eastside YMCA until 1971. He continued as a YMCA Executive Director through Galveston, TX (1971-1973), Plainview, TX (1973-1985), Amarillo, TX (1985-1987), and retired from the Cleveland YMCA (1987-1996), after 38 years of service. In retirement, he drove a Cleveland City School bus for 10 years (1996-2006). He worked as a special education assistant at Cleveland Middle School (2006-2007), and at Ross Elementary School (2007-2012). He continued as a substitute teacher in the Cleveland City School system from 2013-2020. During his summer break, he worked at Bethany Hills Camp, a ministry of the Disciples of Christ, as a camp counselor and director for many years. He attended his first Emmaus Walk in 1987, and was actively involved in assisting the startup of the Chrysalis Walk in Cleveland. Jack shared his love of Christ with youth for over 50 years. His first passion was young people and he welcomed any opportunity to serve.

Jack is preceded in death by his sister, Carol Patterson, and his son, Peter John Geyer. He is survived by Terry S. Geyer (married December 26, 1970), Wesley Geyer (Kris), Suzanne Schrupp, Sylvia Weaver (Kevin), and Kelly Geyer (Dale), Barley, nine grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

The public is invited to join the family at a memorial service on January 5th, 2024 at 4:00pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. A private burial will follow.

 

 

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