Willard L. Geidel, 95
Nov. 22, 1921 — Oct. 26, 2017
Willard L. Geidel, age 95, of Mequon, WI, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at Lasata Care Center in Cedarburg. He was born Nov. 22, 1921, in Dimock, S.D., to Fred and Alma Geidel. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; after his discharge he graduated from UW-River Falls and worked as a high school math teacher. He joined his father and two of his brothers as a carpenter for Fred Geidel and Sons, building many homes in the Thiensville-Mequon area. He started his own business as a general contractor in 1970, which in time became Willard Geidel and Son.
Willard enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, being a snowbird in Florida, gardening and making pickles, working with wood, being involved with his church and community, and helping others. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ruth Geidel; four children, Susan (Peter) Anderson, Newport Beach, CA, Deborah (Brent) Hays, Wadsworth, OH, Christine (Jim) Belonger, South Milwaukee and John (Shawna) Geidel, Mequon; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many loving relatives and friends.
Funeral services in remembrance of Willard will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Freistadt Church, 10729 W. Freistadt Road, Mequon. Visitation will be at the church from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Trinity Lutheran Freistadt Church are appreciated.