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Peter Hardy Geis, age 84, recently of Allendale, after many years living in Solon, OH , passed into God’s eternal care on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, Grand Rapids.

The son of Willis and Hope (Cook) Geis, he was born November 21st, 1934, in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Norman, and survived by loved ones who will miss him: his wife of 57 years, Mary Lou (Thacker); children, Tim and Angie Geis of Otsego, Kimberly and Glenn DeRitter of Jenison; grandchildren, Ben, Joshua, Hannah, Leah DeRitter, and Matthew Geis; brother,  Royall Geis of Naples, FL; sisters-in-law Diane Geis of Exeter, NH and Geri Geis of Naples, FL; brother-in-law Clarke Thacker (Nancy) of Venice, FL; numerous nephews and nieces. He also leaves behind the many friends he enjoyed, loved, and sometimes sponsored, throughout 36 years of sobriety.

Pete grew up near Long Island Sound, and enjoyed boating, fishing, and trips to coastal Maine with his parents and brothers. Music was an important part of family life, and Pete played oboe in the high school band, and in college. The University of Michigan brought him to Ann Arbor where he earned his B.A. and M.B.A., and met “Lou”. Work took them and their children to Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked for Medusa Cement Corporation, and eventually retired as Director of Labor Relations. He loved family, classical music, U. of M. sports, the Lake Michigan coastline, vacations to many parts of the world and the U.S., but especially the Grand Tetons of Wyoming. As a loyal husband, father, provider, friend, and man of wisdom, he will be greatly missed. He was a faithful member of the Christian Reformed Church in Maple Heights, and Parkside Church of Bainbridge, Ohio.

He reminded his family often that it was by the grace of God alone through faith in Jesus Christ that he looked forward with confidence to his and our eternal salvation.

Honoring his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 26th, at 11:30 am, at Bauer Christian Reformed Church, 4958 Bauer Road, Hudsonville, 49426. Friends may greet the family from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. 

A memorial service at a later time is being planned in Ohio at Parkside Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Bauer CRC and/or Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook Ave., S.E., #300, Grand Rapids, 49546.  

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Pete’s online guestbook or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Linda glaser laney on January 18, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  2. M/M Robt. J. Gaier on January 20, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Dearest Lou and family,
    We were very sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. It is always difficult dealing with a loved one’s death. But, hopefully, you can take some comfort in having so lovingly cared for him during his illnesses.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    With love,
    Bob & Rose

  3. Jerome + Elizabeth Mason on January 21, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Lou, you have our deepest sympathy on Pete’s passing. We will always remember all the good times we had with you and Pete when we sang with Kaleidoscope.

  4. Cecelia Taylor Thacker on January 21, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Just want the whole family to know how much we love you all and are so sorry about Pete’s passing. He was a wonderful Uncle and person. Sending you all lots of love, hugs, and prayers. Mark, Charlie, and the gang.

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