of Jackson, MI, formerly of Grass Lake, age 90, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Legacy Assisted Living in Jackson. He was born October 15, 1928 in Chelsea, MI, the son of William & Alura (Foster) Geer.
Joseph graduated from Chelsea High School in 1947, then served in the US Army in Germany from 1950 to 1952. He worked at Federal Screw in the early 1950's, where he met Gladys. Joseph retired from Chrysler Proving Grounds, where he worked most of the time in the Brake Lab. Joseph was a former member of North Sharon Baptist Church, and was currently a member of Faith Baptist. He served as the mechanic at church to keep the buses running. Joseph enjoyed working at home, woodworking and gardening. His garden fed a lot of family and neighbors. Joseph led Bible studies at Legacy Assisted Living. He didn’t enjoy games, but he loved helping the kitchen staff at Legacy.
On November 3, 1953, he married Gladys Herman, in North Sharon Baptist Church, she preceded him in death on July 1, 2012. Survivors include two sons, Bruce (Linda) Geer of Jackson, Larry (Renee) Geer of Jackson; three daughters, Karen (Douglas) Lembrick of Clinton, Julie (Douglas) North of Jackson, and Cathy (Jay) Ross of Israel; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, David (Penny) Geer, Jim (Mary) Geer; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 2, 11:00 am at Faith Baptist Church, Chelsea, with Pastor Adam Summers officiating. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Friday March 1, from 4-7:00 pm. A private burial will be at Sharon Township Cemetery in Manchester. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 4030 Kalmbach Rd., Chelsea, MI 48118, or Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 900 Cooper Rd., Jackson, MI 49202.