Arnold W. Geiselman, 92, of Elberfeld, passed away, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital

 

He was born, Jan. 8, 1920, in Elberfeld, to Adolph and Minnie (Bawel) Geiselman.

 

He attended Elberfeld School.

 

Arnold married Hazel (Harmon) Geiselman, April 12, 1941, and she survives. 

 

He served in the U.S. Army as a Mess Sergeant during WWII in the 303rd Infantry which was in the Pacific Ocean when the Atomic bombs were dropped. 

 

Arnold was co-owner with his brother at Geiselman Welding Shop in Elberfeld and was co-inventor of the Jiffy-Lift unloader and also many other items found throughout the Tri-State, especially the Treehouse enjoyed by the children in Arnie and Hazelís backyard. 

 

He was a life member of Zion UCC where he served as council president several times and was the historian for the church cemetery and summer social ice cream man and fried chicken man.  Arnie belonged to Elberfeld American Legion and was the main Veteranís Day Breakfast cook. He also belonged to the Ft. Branch VFW.  He was an Explore Boy Scout Leader where he took many scouts on trips, campouts, and many World Fairs.

Hazel and Arnie wintered in Tavares, Fla., where he grew and shipped his own oranges and grapefruits to numerous friends and family for free. He and Hazel loved to travel, they took many trips overseas to South America, Australia, Alaska, Hawaii, Africa, France, and as recent as 2001 to China.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arthur Geiselman; sisters, Esther Walker and Ruth Osha

 

Arnie was survived by his wife of 71 years, Hazel Harmon Geiselman; sisters, Elnora Ingram of Boonville, Evelyn France of McCutchanville; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and very special friends. 

 

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Deaconess Gateway and staff.

 

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Zion UCC, 2nd and Elm Streets, Elberfeld, Ind., Rev. Steve Oeth officiating, and burial to follow at the church cemetery, where the American Legion will conduct military rites along with his fellow fireman serving as pallbearers.

 

Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, at Titzer Family Funeral Homes, Volkman Chapel, 2nd and Elm Streets, Elberfeld, Ind. (812) 983-4211.  Additional visitation will be 10 a.m. to service time at church on Monday.