Edward C. Geissler Jr., 85NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Edward Charles Geissler Jr., 85, of 10 Iroquois Drive died Friday, March 28, 2014, at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.
Born in Wethersfield, Conn., on May 5, 1928, son of Edward and Esther Rylander Geissler, he attended Wethersfield High School and graduated with the class of 1946. He graduated in 1952 from Rensselaer (N.Y.) Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor's degree in business management and, in 1958, received his master's in electrical engineering.
A Navy veteran, he served from 1946-1948, including on the USS Coral Sea in 1946. He also served in the Naval Reserve on the USS Chauncey until 1954. He was honorably discharged in 1960 with the rank of lieutenant, junior grade.
Mr. Geissler was employed with the former Sprague Electric from 1958 to 1985, and retired as vice president of marketing. He also was regional manager from 1985 to 1990 for Jack Harvey & Associates.
He was a longtime member of the Northern Berkshire YMCA, an avid reader, enjoyed playing cribbage, doing crossword puzzles and was a Red Sox and Patriots fan. He was a strong supporter of the North Adams Public Library.
He and his wife, the former Jeanne Zdon, were married June 26, 1978.
He leaves two daughters, Barbara Geissler and her partner, Monica Miller, of Illinois and Kristin DeBates her husband, Tom, of Georgia; two stepsons, Gary McConnell of Virginia, and Todd McConnell of Arizona; two grandsons, Tanner and Stephan DeBates; a stepgrandson, Joshua M. Smith of Massachusetts, and nieces and nephews including Ralph DelGuidice of California, and Donna Rumsey of Georgia.
He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara DelGuidice.
FUNERAL NOTICE — At Mr. Geissler request, there will be no formal services or calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested for the Wounded Warrior Project in care of href="http://www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com">Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, Central Chapels, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, MA 01247.