William Jon GearyWilliam (Bill) Jon Geary, 71, died in Torrance, CA on May 16, 2011 following a brief illness.
William Jon Geary
William (Bill) Jon Geary, 71, died in Torrance, CA on May 16, 2011 following a brief illness.
He was born on June 12, 1939 in Grafton ND. Bill attended elementary and high school in Adams, ND, graduating in 1957. He went on to graduate from the University of North Dakota in 1961 and entered the United States Navy. Serving as a Navy pilot, he did two tours in Vietnam where he flew 137 combat missions. With more than 300 aircraft carrier landings to his credit, he gained recognition as a Triple Centurion before retiring as a Lt. Commander in 1983. While still in the Navy, he obtained an MBA Degree from the University of LaVerne in California.
Bill spent his summers in Adams maintaining a farmstead and his childhood home. He was active in tennis, running, golfing and competed in the North Dakota Prairie Rose State Games for over 19 years. He was a member of the Qually-Dvorak Legion Post in Adams.
Bill is survived by his daughters, Suzanne Angel Pape and Ginger Geary, Los Angeles CA; granddaughter Isabella Angel, Los Angeles CA; sister Patricia Geary, Denver CO; three nieces, Lori Erickson, Denver CO, Leah (Bill) Westfall, Meridian ID and Heather (Byron) Kuss, Tigard OR; 2 nephews, Jody Erickson, Adams ND and John Erickson, Escondido CA; sister-in-law Cozette Geary, Meridian ID; son-in-law Paul Pape, Los Angeles CA; 2 great nieces, Madison and MacKenzie Westfall, Meridian ID.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Gerald Don; sister Doris Erickson and daughter Shauna.
Memorial services will be held June 25, 2011 at l0AM at the Mountain Lutheran Church in Adams.
Graveside services to follow at nearby Gustavus Adolphus Cemetary.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials or donations be given to the Qually-Dvorak American Legion Post in Adams.