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PERLEY DEWAINE GEIGER

Friday, July 8, 2011

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Perley Dewaine Geiger, 83, resident of Uniontown, Kan., left this life for his journey to heaven on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kan., following a cancer illness. He was born Dec. 8, 1927, on the family farm near Uniontown to Schley and Ruth Wells Geiger.

Dewaine, the older of two children, graduated from Uniontown High School in 1945. He met Beverly May Lowe, and they were united in marriage on Feb. 16, 1947, in Fort Scott. To this 64-year union, four children were born. Dewaine and Beverly farmed the family farm. The most important thing in his life were his children and grandchildren.

During the years of the kids growing up, Dewaine was an active leader with the Uniontown 4-H Club. He was an active community member, always lending a hand to make a church float for the Old Settler's Labor Day celebration. He was a member of the Uniontown United Methodist Church.

Dewaine became a Mason in 1949. He served Excelsior Lodge No. 115 in almost all offices, but most importantly as Worshipful Master in 1953, 1963 and 1983. In 1971, he served the Grand Lodge (State) as District Deputy Grand Master. At the time of his death, he was a member of Marmaton Lodge No. 245 at Moran, Kan.

Dewaine, a member for 62 years, was initiated into Mary A. Helper Chapter No. 434, Uniontown, Kan. He served that chapter as Worthy Patron 10 times. He was selected as Grand Sentinel for the Grand Chapter of Kansas in 1991 and went on to serve as Worthy Grand Patron 1993-1994. He served as Grand Trustee for five years and served on several Grand Chapter committees.

He and Beverly traveled extensively during this time, attending meetings and enjoying fellowship with many of their friends in the Eastern Star organization. At the time of his death, he was a member of Olive Chapter No. 13, Fort Scott, Kan.

He was on the board of Consolidated Rural Water District No. 2, Fort Scott, at the time of his death. He served on the board of directors of the Kansas Masonic Home, Wichita, Kan., from 1999 to 2008. He also held a membership in Fort Scott Scottish Rite.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly, of the home; four children, Patricia K. Ramsey and husband Kenneth, Joplin, Mo., Robert D. Geiger and wife Louise, Tulsa, Okla., Rebecca E. Brown and husband Joe, Augusta, Kan., and Jeffrey L. Geiger and wife Beth Ann, Pittsburg, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, Arron Ramsey and wife Lori, Ryan Ramsey and wife Becky, Brandi Geiger, Justin Geiger and wife Kelly, Thaine Geiger and wife Heather, Nathan Brown and wife Jesica, Kevin Brown and fiancée Megan, and Catherine, Lauren and Kristen Geiger; and 10 greatgrandchildren, Connor Ramsey, Kendall Ramsey, McKena Lewis, Chance Lewis, Logan Geiger, Amber Pickering, Josh Pickering, Caleb Geiger, Cody Geiger and Natalee Brown.

Also surviving is one brother, Richard Dale Geiger, Harrisonville, Mo.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first grandchild, Christopher Ramsey.

Rev. Joel Dunn will conduct services at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, at the Uniontown United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Uniontown Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday evening in the Cheney Witt Chapel. At the beginning of the visitation, Masonic Rites will be recited at 6 p.m. followed by Eastern Star services.

Memorials are suggested to the Uniontown United Methodist Church or the Kansas Masonic Foundation and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.