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Harry Geissinger Memorial

July 8, 1919 - February 18, 2012

(Photo taken at Littlefield's 75th anniversary celebration in April, 2005.)

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This information is taken from the bulletin for Harry Geissinger's memorial service.

Harry was born July 8, 1919 in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania to Wallace and Mabel Lloyd Geissinger. Following his high school graduation his next stop was Lafayette College, earning his BA degree in 1941. He then matriculated to Princeton Theological Seminary where he completed his Master of Divinity Degree. He was ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church in 1944. Harry served churches in Alexandria, Lebanon and Altoona, Pennsylvania before moving to Dearborn, Michigan where he served for 23 years until his retirement in 1984. During his tenure at Littlefield Presbyterian Church, he established an Arab-American ministry program to help assimilate a different culture and religious affiliation into the ever changing neighborhoods surrounding the church. He was also active in the local Kiwanis Club, a patron of the cultural arts, a former Moderator of the Detroit Presbytery and compassionate counselor to many, as well as a liaison to the Buckhorn (Kentucky) Children's Foundation for underprivileged children. He received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Alma College in 1969.

Harry lived at Oakwood Common for 6 years where he was active in the chorus, bridge club and other social activities. Harry was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Geissinger in 2010 and two granddaughters, Amy Geissinger and Jennifer Sellers Crothers. He is survived by his 4 children - Rick (Michele) of Indiana, Lynn of Connecticut, Pat of Canton and Phil of North Carolina. He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren - Kim, Karen, Jackie (Leonardo) and Michael.

Harry and Elizabeth enjoyed their retirement years by extensively traveling to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Scandinavia, Egypt, and England and wintered in Arizona. Harry leaves behind a legacy of compassion, a dynamic ministry, loving family and friends and an undying faith. He will be long remembered for his inspirational sermons, prayers and his beautiful bass voice.