Alfred ‘Al’ Geiss, age 88, of Merrill, peacefully passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill, with his loving family by his side and under the care of Ascension Ministry Hospice. He was born on June 28, 1931 to the late Walter and Christine (Hommerding) Geiss in Merrill. Al attended school in Merrill.
Al met Claray Irene Achterberg, and the two lovingly exchanged marriage vows on October 28, 1950 in Merrill. Sadly, Claray preceded Al in death on April16, 2008.
Al joined the Army National Guard in 1950 and was honorably discharged in 1959.
Al was a shoe designer for Weinbrenner Shoe Company for over 28 years. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, as well as a Milwaukee Brewers fan. Al looked forward to watching his grandchildren in all of their sporting events. Al enjoyed manicuring and caring for his yard. He enjoyed the outdoors and would look forward to his next car ride out in the country or through the Council Grounds. In his younger years, Al enjoyed the sport of trout fishing and did some hunting, as well as participating in boxing events. He coached his son in little league and soon, they were coaching little league together. Al was a devoted husband and a caring father and grandfather. He was a wonderful caretaker for his wife for many years.
Al is survived by his son: Allan (Patty) Geiss of Eau Claire, daughter: Susan (Jeffrey) Kraft of Merrill, grandchildren: Eric Geiss of Merrill, Joe (Nicole) Kraft of Stevens Point, Heather (Ryan) Schlinke of Milwaukee and Jill Kraft of Merrill, 5 great grandchildren: Caitlyn, Bailey, Lucas, Miller and Stella and brother: Richard Geiss of Racine. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Claray and sister-in-law: Betty Geiss.
The funeral service for Al will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11am at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Merrill. Pastor Lucas Williams will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 9am until the time of the service, also at the church. Burial at Snow Hill Cemetery will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Al’s name may be directed to St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Merrill.
Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.
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