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Walter Bernard Geiger, Sr., 93, died at his home in Savannah, GA on Sept. 20, 2020. He was born in Zurich, Switzerland on Nov. 13, 1926 and immigrated through Ellis Island to America with his parents Bernard Geiger and Berta Fischer Geiger. They lived in New York City where his father had a sponsor and job and all three became naturalized American citizens and learned to speak English.

Walter was christened at Lexington Avenue Lutheran Church in New York and attended Stuyvesant School for Boys. The family moved to Chaplin, CT where he graduated high school. He immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was eventually stationed in France. After WWII, he earned a B.S. degree from the University of Connecticut and went on to get a Master’s degree in Forestry from Duke University.

He went to work for Union Bag and Paper Company in Savannah in 1951 where he met and married Vivian Lanier in 1953. They were blessed with four wonderful children. Walter was PTA president at Virginia Lord Heard School and active in his sons’ Cub Scout Troop. He and three friends started the Republican Party in Savannah.

The family moved to Ailey, GA in 1969 where Walter opened a plant for Union Camp in nearby Higgston. He was a member of Ailey Baptist Church where he was a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir.

After several transfers, the last being to Savannah, he retired from Union Camp. He moved his membership to First Baptist Church. He was a lifetime member of the Society of American Foresters. After retiring, he enjoyed 22 years of employment and camaraderie at Habersham Beverage in Savannah. He was proud to be a Red Cross VIP blood donor.

Walter was predeceased by his parents; mother and father-in-law Jewel and Howell Lanier; and fellow forester Jean C. Santoro who was like a brother to him.

In addition to his wife Vivian, he is survived by his children, Walter Bernard Geiger, Jr. (Laura), James Christopher Geiger (Christie), David Lanier Geiger (Angie) and Kaye Geiger Eaton (Philip); 11 grandchildren, James Christopher Geiger, Jr. (Blair), Katie Geiger Beacham (Jeff), Andrew Cason Geiger (Linnea), Caroline Geiger Wortman (Nate), David Nicholas Geiger (Julia), Kelsey Geiger Marino (Dave), May Melton Geiger, William Geiger Eaton, Livia Lanier Geiger, Shelby Noelle Geiger and Anna Kathryn Eaton; five great-grandchildren, Colton and Layla Beacham, Walter and Theodore Geiger, Violet Geiger and one on the way; Katie’s mother Kay B. Geiger; and a cousin Erica Marcolin (Heinz) of Zurich.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at 2 p.m. in Greenwich Section of Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah with Father John A. Caparisos delivering the final prayer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blessed Sacrament School in Savannah in memory of Father Jeremiah McCarthy or First Baptist Church of Savannah.

The family extends special thanks to Dr. Lawrence Zottoli, Jr. and caregiver Rosa Young.

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.


Online Condolences

  1. Carolyn Beston says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  2. Katie says:

    I love you, Walkie!

  3. Carol Boyd says:

    May God Bless each of you….you are a special family to us.

  4. Kim Sellers says:

    My sincere prayers and condolences for the whole family.

  5. O.C.Welch III says:

    Prayers for the Geiger Family. What a great man and a great family.
    God bless.

  6. Nate Cochran says:

    My sincere condolences and prayers for the Geiger family.

  7. Sara L Fluker says:

    Mr. Walter, Was a great friend and co worker from us working together at Habersham Beverage. My heart goes out to all his family and friends. He will be missed dearly. Praying for u all. Rest my friend, Job well done.

  8. Lindsey Milan says:

    Walter was a wonderful man I learned many things from him over the 12 years we worked together at Habersham Beverage. He also always had the most beautiful yard in Ardsley Park. I will treasure are time together. Rest In Peace my friend.

  9. Keith and Lorraine Lassiter says:

    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  10. Rene’e and Pat Greenway says:

    We have so enjoyed our friends the Geiger Family. Our hope is for everyone to be such good Christian people. We know this is not goodbye. We will all meet again in Heaven.Much love from our Tybee.

  11. Cindy Beauchamp says:

    Mr. Geiger was a caring and giving man. I only knew for a short period of my life and he touch my heart so much!
    In that short period of time I got to know Mr. Geiger and Mrs. Vivian what I did learn is that he loves his family like nothing else..especially Mrs. Vivian. He was a great man and a hard worker. He will be missed a lot…
    Until we meet again my dear friend..
    Rest in Peace.

  12. Cynthia Heil says:

    My deepest sympathy. I met Walter thru Ardsley Park Neighborhood Assoc. and realized He was a neighbor on 53rd Street. I hope fond memories will bring comfort.

  13. Kathleen Marino says:

    Thinking of you at this difficult time. What a wonderful life to be honored and celebrated today!
    With deepest sympathy, John and Kathleen Marino

  14. Matt McCollum says:

    I met Walt at Union Camp Woodlands Division. He was always patient and thoughtful. His guidance was extremely helpful. Walt was a wonderful asset to Union Camp and he will be missed.

  15. Beth Roberts says:

    My sincere condolences and prayers for the Geiger family. Vivian, you were such a wonderful wife to Walkie. I know you took very, very good care of him and I know you fed him very well since you are such a wonderful cook! I was saddened to learn of Walkie’s passing. You and Walkie created a beautiful family together. RIP Walkie!

  16. Rhoads Hollowell says:

    Condolences and Blessings from the Colorado Hollowells. You are all in our prayers.

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