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Gordon L. Geeslin

Geeslin-Gordan obit

Gordon L. Geeslin, 77, of Celina, died at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.

He was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on June 14, 1935, to the late William M. and Lola Lee Burgess Geeslin. He also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lauren Geeslin; and a sister, Elouise Geeslin

On Oct. 20, 1959, he married the former Connie Sue Hamilton in Winchester, Ind., and she survives, along with a daughter, Eloise (Michael) Vogel of St. Marys; son, James W. Geeslin of Coldwater; eight grandchildren; brothers, Leslie (Jane) Geeslin of Rushsylvania, John (Mary) Geeslin of Cuba, Ala., and Truman (Pat) Geeslin of Lexington, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.

A 1954 graduate of Orville High School, Selma, Ala., he attended the University of Toledo and was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving aboard the battleship USS Higbee.

A licensed professional land surveyor in the states of Ohio and Indiana, he maintained an office in Celina for many years.

He formerly attended Hillsdale Baptist Church in St. Marys, where he served as an usher, trustee and pulpit and building committees member.

He was a member of Moose Lodge 1473, American Legion Post 210 and VFW Post  5713, all in Celina.

Gordon always enjoyed his work and was very proud of finding and recording many survey cornerstones. Uncovering a stone was the highlight of his day — and on these occasions would place a container with his business card and a few coins in the hole, prior to covering it. He estimated that he had located several hundred survey cornerstones during his working years.

Pastor Tony Richmond officiates rites at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, where visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial with full graveside military honors is in Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.

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