SPRINGDALE TOWNSHIP/ RURAL VERONA - Robert L. “Bob” Geimer, age 80, of Springdale Township, died on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at his home with his family at his side.
He was born in Superior on Jan. 9, 1932, the son of Leo and Leonore (Kuehlthau) Geimer. He attended Cathedral High School and received a bachelor of science degree in liberal arts and a R.O.T.C. commission for Superior State College.
Bob was a U.S. Air Force veteran with the rank of First Lieutenant. After serving three years during the Korean conflict as a nuclear weapons officer, Bob married Jacquelyn Ann Frisbie on Dec. 28, 1957, at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Superior, and attended the University of Washington, Seattle, receiving a bachelor of science degree in logging engineering and a master of science degree in wood technology at the College of Forestry.
Bob worked as a logging engineer for Weyerhauser and the State of Washington on the West coast for five years. He then worked in composite board manufacturing plants for U.S. Plywood, Champion Paper and Permaneer. Bob accepted a position with the U. S. Forest Service at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison in 1970. He retired 27 years later following an active period of research in the adhesive and composite wood fields. He is credited with more than 50 scientific publications and holds patents on several wood products and processes.
Bob’s passion for wood also dominated his private life using the material functionally to build houses and furniture and artistically in woodcarvings and bowl turnings. Always fond of the great outdoors, Bob spent as much time as he could fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing, skiing and gardening. His interest in prairie restoration was furthered as a founding director of the Friends of Donald Park.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Pine Bluff Catholic Church, and many organizations including Badger Woodturners, Madison Area Radio Control Society, and Madison Area Repeater Association.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jacquelyn A.; his children, Clifford and Thomas Geimer, Rebecca (Douglas) Duchon of Chanhassen, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Hannah, Marlesha, Dana, Cameron and Megan Geimer, Aaron, Amanda, and Adam Duchon; his sister, Mary Ribich of Hibbing, Minn.; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Russell Geimer.
A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at ST. MARY’S PINE BLUFF CATHOLIC CHURCH with Father Rick Heilman officiating. Inurnment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Springdale Township. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday at ST. MARY’S PINE BLUFF CATHOLIC CHURCH. Inurnment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Springdale Township with full military honors.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial preferred to the Friends of Donald Park, c/o Ellestad Camacho Funeral Home, 500 N. 8th St., Mount Horeb, WI 53572.