Raymond ‘Ray’ P. Geerin


Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2006


  Raymond 'Rayż'P. Geerin

Raymond 'Ray'P. Geerin

Longtime Alaska resident Raymond “Ray” P. Geerin died of heart failure Thursday Oct. 5, 2006 at his daughter’s Eagle River home surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was 76.

A celebration of life with family and friends will be held next July at the family’s fishing lodge on the Kenai River.

Mr. Geerin was born in Jersey City, N.J., on April 19, 1930, to Thomas Geerin and Mary Cooney. At 18 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany, where he met his future wife of 52 years, Josephine Przybyla. They were married in Germany on Sept. 4, 1952. In 1966, he was stationed at Fort Richardson, where he retired from the Army in 1969 and moved his family to Anchorage.

Following his military retirement, Mr. Geerin started his 20-year career in banking. He was employed at Alaska State Bank, where he also coached the bank’s softball team, “The Bad News Bankers,” and at Home Savings and Loan, where he held a vice president position until his retirement.

In 1975, he and his wife started building their retirement home on the Kenai River and in later years started The Fish-On Inn, an RV park and fishing lodge on their Kenai property. They enjoyed spending their summers on the Kenai and their winters on Maui.

“Dad was a fun-loving, positive person who took great pleasure in the simple things in life. He had a kind heart and generous spirit. He enjoyed fishing, golf, sports (an avid Seattle Mariners fan) and spending time with family and friends,” his family wrote.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Josephine Geerin.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Rusty Hathaway of Maui and Theresa and George Rockhill of Eagle River; sons, Mike Geerin of Soldotna and John Geerin of Anchorage; daughter, Sharon Hackleman of Kauai; grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer and Justin Rockhill, Cherie and Rachael Hackleman, and Jimmy and Trevor Geerin; great-grandchild, Trinity Rose Zurfluh; sister, Eileen Branagan of Florida; and brother, Thomas Geerin of New Jersey.

Arrangements were made by Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.

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