was born on May 27th, 1929 in Moragy, Hungary and was called home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on October 25th, 2012 in Vernon, B.C. at the age of 83 years. Phil will be lovingly remembered by his wife; Erna, to whom he was married for 59 years, his sons; Phillip (Leslie) Geiger of Calgary, Alberta and Ken (Kathy) Geiger of Surrey, B.C., his grandchildren; Lindsay and Jason Geiger of Calgary, Alberta, Andrew Geiger of Chillawack, B.C., Jessy (Justin) Martin-Wood of Sooke, B.C. and Katie Geiger of Metchosin, B.C., his great-grandson; Wade Martin-Wood of Sooke, B.C. as well as extended family members and friends.
Phil immigrated to Canada from Hungary in 1950. Upon arriving in Vernon he found employment in the orchards and hayfields of Coldstream Ranch. It was during this time that he met Erna, the love of his life, whom he would later marry in the spring of 1953. Shortly thereafter the newlyweds continued their quest of a better life to Edmonton and later to Grande Prairie, Alberta where he owned and operated a successful stucco and drywall company for the next 30 years. After retiring in 1986, Phil and Erna moved back to Coldstream in 1991, where Phil enjoyed fishing the many lakes in the surrounding hills of Vernon. In addition to his joy of fishing he also spent many hours creating artistic wood carvings. This joy was surpassed only by the visits from grandchildren, family, and friends.
Cremation preceded a Celebration of Phil’s Life, which will take place in May 2013. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Phil to the Lutheran Association of Missionary Pilots 4966 92nd Avenue N.W. Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2V4 or to Canadian Lutheran World Relief #302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3H6.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Dr. Dyck and the nurses and staff of the Polson North Extended Care facility for the care and support given to Phil and our family.
Cremation arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5