Matthew (Matt) M. Geiger, 37, Lincoln, ND, died April 11, 2015, of natural causes at his home.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 17, 2015, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, ND, with Rev. Christina Martin officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Visitation will be held from 1:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Matthew M. Geiger was born on November 17, 1977, in Fargo, ND, the son of Richard and Joan (Lebakken) Geiger. He graduated from Bismarck High School in 1996. Matthew married the love of his life, Becky Gleich, on October 7, 2011 in Mandan, ND. Becky and Matthew didn’t have the time together that they hoped and dreamed for, but the time they did have together was memorable and full of love. They spent hours together playing Yahtzee and other board games. Becky was very patient with the creative ideas Matthew would come up with, like the time he listed his house for sale, ‘to see what would happen’, and it sold the next day, which left them living out of their camper for the summer.
Matthew was a proud Daddy, he loved his children and was thrilled with every opportunity he had with them. The smile on his face, after the birth of each of his boys, said everything about the joy and love he had for them. He was able to spend a special time with his son, Vann, last summer on a fishing trip and was looking forward to many hours of fishing together in the future. He looked forward to passing on his love for the outdoors to both of them.
Clearly evident in his life was Matthew’s deep love for his family and friends. Family was very important to Matthew and he cared deeply for everyone. He would often spend weekends with his Dad taking care of the list of chores that needed to be done; planting trees, cutting grass, gardening, and anything else he was asked to do. He would invite his Mom to join them for the day while they were camping and join them for a meal. He loved his sisters and brothers-in-law and would look for opportunities to get the ‘family’ together. His nieces and nephews were important in his life.
Matthew had a wonderful sense of humor, sprinkled with a bit of sarcasm. In many ways, he was a big kid at heart. His willingness to always go above and beyond was quite apparent. He often said, “Whatever you do, do it well.” Matthew was an upfront and honest man. You were certain to know just where you stood with him. His close friends would say, “He was a tough nut to crack, but once you earned his friendship he wouldn’t allow anyone the opportunity to tarnish that friendship!”
Matthew enjoyed the outdoors and nature. Some of his interests included hunting, fishing, golfing, playing pool, camping and being outdoors. Matthew had a great passion for life. He would often be found on the ground playing with his kids and giving them endless hours of four-wheeler rides at his Dad’s farm. Matthew would often be found in the kitchen or outside grilling on his Traeger, cooking was something he loved to do and has been known to kick you out of the kitchen if you got in his way.
Matthew was employed with Electro Watchman in Mandan and enjoyed all the friendships he made while there.
Those who will deeply miss and always remember Matthew are his wife, Becky; sons, Vann and Lainn Geiger; step-daughters, Ashlyn and Taeghan Rittenbach, all of Lincoln; parents, Richard, of rural Mandan and Joan Geiger, Bismarck, ND; sisters, Stephanie (Tom) Radenz, Bismarck, ND and Jennifer (Brian) Dirk, Mandan, ND; nieces, Megan Radenz, Emma Dirk; nephews, Trenton and Levi Radenz, Keenen Dirk; his mother-in-law and father-in-law Dennis and Linda Gleich of Baldwin, ND; sister-in-law, Amy (Jesse) Rust, Wilton, ND and brothers-in-law; Jamie Gleich of Wilton, ND and Matthew Gleich of Baldwin, ND; nieces, Stella and Ellie Rust
Matthew was preceded in death by his grandparents, Matt and Barbara Geiger and Marvin and Virginia Lebakken and his aunt Donna Geiger and Uncle Scott Wenzel.