Obituary of Philip Fredrick Geiger
Philip Fredrick Geiger
1924 – 2021
As we say goodbye to “Daddy Phil” reflecting on the long fulfilling life he led, we are happy for the many years, and lasting memories for us to cherish. Phil passed peacefully on February 2nd, 2021 in Invermere, B.C.
In 1944 he left farming to join the army and after being discharged Phil moved to Wasa, B.C. where he met the love of his life, Alice. They were happily married for 64 years. Phil was an active member of the community. He took pride being a member of the Masonic Lodge, Lions Club, Legion, B.C. Cattleman’s Association, and the Farmer’s Institute. In 1954 they moved to Windermere, where he became a sawmiller and rancher. Phil and his family moved on to manage the Elkhorn Ranch for several years. After leaving the Elkhorn he took on the task of importing Chianina cattle from Italy, a new breed that he successfully artificially inseminated and produced 12 identical calves by 12 surrogate mothers. He was proclaimed a pioneer in this process. Phil continued farming and sawmilling until his retirement at the age of 70.
Phil’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. His grandchildren were a large part of his life and he always ensured to spend a great deal of time with each of them. He spent many hours teaching them to play cards, particularly cribbage.
Phil will be missed and forever in the hearts of his sons; Wayne (Jayne), Derril, and Greg (Kelly) Geiger, his grandchildren; Nancy, Regan, Lisa, Kirsten and Jordan, his great grandchildren; Shelby, Aidan, Gavin, Jace and Maddox, and his sister Philomine.
He has sorely missed his wife Alice since her passing and now they are reunited in heaven.
The family would like to thank Dr. Bruce Johnson for the wonderful care that he gave Phil through the last years of his life.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Invermere Hospital Auxiliary.