Ernest Geissler Ernest Geissler, 89, died peacefully Saturday, April 8, 2017 at his home in Olympia surrounded by family, after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Barbara "Bobbi" Geissler; his daughters, Kathy Geissler Best, Peggy Sullivan, and Wendy Click; his son, Karl Geissler; his sister Dora (Geissler) Fitzgerald; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many loving friends. A longtime resident of Olympia, Ernest--known as "Ernie" to friends and as "Papa" to grandkids--was born in Hoboken, New Jersey on March 31, 1928 to Ernst and Marie Geissler. He graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology. In 1945, he enlisted in the army, where he served as a supply sergeant for the 24th Infantry Division in Kyushu, Japan. He married Barbara Keim on June 21, 1952. Ernie and Bobbi moved to Washington state in 1960, where Ernie accepted the position of Lewis County Engineer. In 1965, he was named the Administrative Engineer of the County Road Administration Board (CRAB) of the Washington State Association of Civil Engineers (WSACE), earning the nickname "King Crab." Ernie was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the WSACE's 2006 centennial celebration. In 1968, he began attending the Evergreen Christian Community, where he remained an active member, was a part of the church board, sang in the choir, and volunteered in Sunday school and youth group. His faith and love of God were always on display, expressed through joy, service, leadership, and personal, caring involvement in people's lives. Ernie was a supportive husband and father who was consistently kind, gracious, and understanding with his family. His honesty and wisdom, and natural, gentle mentorship, set an example his family and others will always remember. He was fun loving and adventurous, and enjoyed the Pacific Northwest by motorhome, hiking, camping, and boating with family. He maintained beloved family traditions like reading the Christmas story to grandchildren and teaching German songs around the campfire. He liked to make people laugh with his humorous stories and limericks, and could beat anybody at a hand of pinochle. Ernie was always learning something--reading widely, doing the crosswords in ink, collecting stamps, and exhibiting a joyful curiosity about the people around him. He had a fantastic memory and would consistently recall meaningful details of the lives of each person he came across. A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 1:30 in the afternoon, at Evergreen Christian Community in Olympia.
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