Jerry Geisking, 75, of Dodgeville, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 2, 2017 in the comfort of his home.
He was born May 17, 1941, to Harry and Lena Geisking in south central Indiana. He grew up there learning to appreciate hard work and dedication.
Jerry later married the love of his life, Christie (Beckner) Geisking on June 23, 1961, and continued to enjoy 55 years of marriage.
Jerry’s true passion was dairy farming. He began his farming career in Indiana, where all but one of his children were born. In 1969, he and Christie moved to Wisconsin to start their own dairy farm where they went on to raise their family.
He loved his cows and owned a registered Holstein herd throughout most of his farming career. Jerry was also very passionate about his tractors. The sound of an old two-cylinder running was music to his ears. Anyone who met Jerry knew that he bled John Deere green and yellow, and even after he retired from farming he built a shed just so he could keep his three favorite tractors.
While farming was Jerry’s passion, his true love was his family. He held a special place in his heart for each one of his many children and grandchildren. He was well-known to supply regular tractor rides for his grandkids and “special” rides at weddings.
He enjoyed fishing trips, vacations, and laughing with everyone at family gatherings. He and Christie had a special relationship that set a wonderful example for all his children.
Jerry never knew a stranger. Any time a friend or neighbor needed him he would always arrive with a smile on his face, eager to do anything he could to help a friend in need.
Whether he was needed for only a few minutes, or as long as a few hours, he always stayed until the job was done. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and his spirit will remain forever in our hearts.
He is survived by his wife, Christie; his children, Jim Geisking of Monroe, Wisconsin, Thomas (Lucy) Geisking of Abbotsford, Wisconsin, Tim Geisking (twin of Thomas) of Gratiot, Wisconsin, Lori (Tom) Heindl of New Lisbon, Wisconsin and Roger (Jessy) Geisking of Dodgeville, Wisconsin; siblings Harry (Pam) Geisking, Audrey (Bill) Griffith, Walter Geisking and Richard (Peggy) Geisking; nine grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Lena Geisking; and sisters Ruth Mitchell and Betty Geisking.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Gorgen-McGinley & Ayers Funeral Home in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Burial will be at East Side Cemetery in Dodgeville. Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. until time of services Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Jude’s Hospital or Good News Lutheran Church in Mount Horeb.