March 26, 1933 – January 11, 2020
Charles Geer, Colonel USAF (Ret.) 86, passed away on January 11, 2020.
Charlie was born in Sweetwater, Texas and raised in southern California. After high school Charlie pursued a carer in minor league baseball but felt he was destined to a higher purpose. With his great love for his country, he joined the United States Air Force to obtain his higher education and pursue his interest in aviation. During his time in the Air Force, Charlie completed his pilots training as well as achieving a MBA from Ohio State University. During his nearly 30 years in the Air Force, Charlie served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, flying a wide variety of aircraft. Most notably the C-5 Galaxy, the largest cargo plane in use by the U.S. Military at the time. Charlie earned the honor of Squadron Commander at Travis AFB. He was then promoted to Deputy Commander for Maintenance for Minuteman II Missiles in Great Falls MT. It was during this time he met the woman he would love and adore for the rest of his life. After marrying Cynthia he accepted the position of Center Manager for Flight Safety International, a position he held for the next two decades. Charlie is remembered as a selflessly devoted husband and father.
Following his retirement, Charlie continued his love of flying. Working as a private charter pilot as well as flying the Bonanza he shared with business partner and long time friend J.L. Regan. Other passions included traveling the world with his family. The last family trip, which he referred to as his "swan trip", was the return to Vietnam. Charlie had a special bond with his beloved dogs Alexandra, Bonnie and Clyde. Charlie was also an avid Wichita State Shockers fan, holding season tickets for many years for the Shocker baseball and basketball teams.
Charlie is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 37 years, Cindy; children David Geer, Leslie (Kent) Lawrence, Kimberly (Chris) Geer-Smith, Michelle Geer (Scott Blahauvietz); grandchildren James Geer, Claire Lawrence, Kent Lawrence, Baileigh Smith and Madalynn Smith.
In lieu of flowers memorials in his name can be made to:
Alzheimer's Association/Central & Western Kansas Chapter, 1820 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67214. www.alz.org
Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675. www.woundedwarriorproject.org
A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020, at 2 p.m., Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel. Dignity Celebrant Cheryl Hoskins will officiate.
Burial will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
Alzheimer's Association/Central & Western Kansas
1820 E. Douglas, Wichita, Kansas 67201
Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675
- Celebration of Life Memorial Service Friday, January 17, 2020
January 17, 2020
Thank you, Charlie, for your friendship and hospitality. Thank you for your service to this great country of ours. Thank you for being such a wonderful husband and father to my dear friend, Cindy, and to your girls. Give my everlasting love to Timmy and Godspeed, my friend. You will be greatly missed.
January 17, 2020
Charlie hired me on at FlightSafety and provided great support as I began my career. I will never forget how kind he was and the opportunity he gave me. I also admired how much he loved his family; a very caring man.
January 15, 2020
Charlie’s widow is one of my dearest friends. As I was working on a project he generously offered his military expertise. It made the final product infinitely better. He was unfailingly kind; what I liked best about him is that he loved my friend and his children so well.
January 14, 2020
Charlie was a good friend for almost 30 years, I enjoyed working for him at FlightSafety and flying with him to many locations. I learned a great deal from Charlie and benefited greatly from his wisdom. I admired his patriotism, and enjoyed his stories of the military. Charlie will always be a part of my aviation career that I will not forget.