Wayne Emery Geary, 92, of Mankato, passed away Thursday morning June 13, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Memorial service will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato Tuesday, June 25, at 11 a.m. with interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville, MN.
Wayne was born on May 8, 1921, to Wallie and Clara (Jacobsen) Geary in Douglas Township, Sac County, Iowa. The eldest of 10 children, he graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1938 and moved to West Concord, MN, in 1939. He married Geraldine Gesine Wartenberg September 5, 1941, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Owatonna, MN.
Wayne joined the U.S. Army February 20, 1943, and served in the Northern Solomons, Luzon and the Philippines as tank commander, Company C 754th Tank Battalion. He was awarded the Philippine Liberation ribbon with Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal. He very much appreciated and was thankful to be part of the Honor Flight in October 2011 honoring World War II veterans with a trip to the WWII Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. Thanks Dr. Jan Meyer and all of you who are making the honor flights possible.
After discharge in 1945, Wayne joined the Botsford Lumber Company in Claremont, MN, and continued working in the retail lumber business in Slayton, MN, Owatonna, MN, Balaton, MN (serving as Mayor of Balaton in the mid 50's), and in Mankato at Lloyd Lumber where he continued to work part time after his retirement in 1986.
Wayne is survived by his son Richard of Oceanside, CA, brother Elwood (Wava) of Corwith, IA, sister Darlene (Norm Kolbe) of Sac City, IA, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2008 and sons Donald in 1995 and Robert in 2011.