Otto R. Geiger, 79, of Cozad, Nebraska

Otto Geiger, age 79 of Cozad, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at the Cozad Community Hospital.

Otto was born on March 1, 1932 at Eustis, Nebraska to Robert and Martha (Kleinknecht) Geiger. Otto briefly attended school at Orofino before moving on to District 69 schools, and eventually graduated from Cozad High School in 1949.

In 1952, Otto entered the U.S. Army where he served in the Korean War. On Otto's first day back from the service, he met his future wife, Marlene Jensen, at the Green Valley Café in Cozad. The couple would later be united in marriage on August 25, 1957 at Cozad. Otto and Marlene made their home on the Geiger family farm, southwest of Cozad, where they raised their family, farmed, and resided their entire married lives. Their union was blessed with 3 children, Janet, Marcia and Eric.

Otto's strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit drove him through a successful career in farming. His ingenuity allowed him to stay at the forefront of farming techniques and technology; he was perpetually modifying equipment so that it performed more effectively and to his specific requirements.

While he was dedicated to his farming operation, he was also committed to serving the public in many ways. Otto served over 30 years on both the Camp Comeca and KRVN Radio Boards, having served as President for the latter. He had also served on the Dawson County Extension and Dawson County Cattleman Boards. Otto was a charter member of the Cozad Elks Lodge #2250. He was honored by the Cozad Jaycee's as the Outstanding Young Farmer of 1962, and again by the Cozad Chamber of Commerce in 2009 as the recipient of the Farm Family of The Year Award.

Among Otto's enjoyments were wood carving, enjoying good meals and travelling with his wife. Otto also had an affinity for MG cars, a liking that eventually led to him owning two of the unique classic cars.

Otto viewed the world through analytical eyes all of his life. He would eventually be slowed by a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease compounded by dementia with Lewy bodies, but not before making a profound difference in the lives of his friends and loved ones.
Otto was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edwin; and son-in-law, Tom Mailhot.

Otto is lovingly survived by his wife of over 54 years, Marlene Geiger of Cozad; 2 daughters, Janet (Mark) McKee of Lexington, Marcia Geiger of Landers, CA; son, Eric (Jodi) Geiger of Omaha; granddaughter, Taryn Geiger of Omaha; 2 brothers, Raymond (Judith) Geiger of Johnson Lake, Robert (Colleen) Geiger, Jr. of Thurman, IA; sister, Rose Ann (Michael) Pasley of Evergreen, CO; sister-in-law, Trudy Geiger of Cozad; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Cozad with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. A private family burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery prior to the service.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.

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