US Air Force

Dean Edward Geihsler

January 23, 1949 ~ October 3, 2022 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Dean Edward Geihsler, age 73, of Danbury, NE passed away on Monday, October 3, 2022 at his home in Danbury.

Dean was born to Harlan and Anna (Lewis) Geihsler on January 23, 1949, in the worst blizzard in Nebraska history. His uncle, Gerald, pulled the car thirteen miles to town through the blizzard. Dean’s twin brother was deceased by the time they reached town.  

Dean attended grade school at District 25 and graduated from Lebanon Beaver Valley High School in 1967. He worked the oil fields in Miles City, Montana, and then worked as a parts man for Hormel Chevrolet. He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1969, and was stationed in Ramstein, Germany, and Sumter Air Force Base in South Carolina.  He traveled to 33 countries before his Honorable Discharge in 1973. He also served in the Ready Reserve Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dean married Colleen Fisher in 1970 and had two sons, Ed and Jim.  Dean also helped raise his step-daughter, Shelley.

Dean was employed as a service manager and safety director for Municipal Light and Water in North Platte, Nebraska, and worked part-time at Pawnee Springs Ranch. He was the owner of Dean’s Tower Maintenance with an FAA contract at the North Platte Airport. In 1976 he moved to Cozad, Nebraska, where he worked for Hansen Waters and eventually purchased the business and renamed it G&H Implement. He served as the mayor of Cozad for eight years. In 1985 he moved to Cedar Bluffs, Kansas, where he farmed and ranched and worked as personnel director at Decatur COOP and as a real estate agent for Metcalf Real Estate.

In 1996 he married Sandra Welsh. Together they farmed and ranched and operated Geihsler Farms Trucking and Danbury Bar and Café. The couple relocated to Colby, Kansas, for a while where they ran cows and calves and eventually returned to Danbury in 2014 where they operated Dean’s bar and cafe until their retirement in 2016. He was a member of the American Legion for 50 years.

Dean loved horses all throughout his lifetime. He also enjoyed the cattle business. He never met a stranger and loved working with all kinds of people in all walks of life. He was definitely a strong Christian man and had many serious talks with God throughout his lifetime while riding a horse or serving in the military. He deeply loved his family and thanked God every day for them.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, twin brother, Donald Geihsler, and a granddaughter, Kyra Welsh.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Sandy, of Danbury, NE; his sons, Ed (Pam) Geihsler of Salina, KS, Jim Geihsler of Oberlin, KS; step-sons Scott (Nicole) Welsh of Imperial, NE and  Shad (Heather) Welsh of Peru, South America; step-daughter, Shelley (Terry) Hoffmaster of McCook, NE; two sisters, Donna Geihsler of MS, and Debra Geihsler of FL.  Also surviving are 22 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions are suggested in Dean’s name for future designation and may be directed to Carpenter Breland Funeral Home, c/o the Geihsler Family, PO Box 476, McCook, NE 69001.

Visitation, with family present to greet friends, will be held from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook, NE.

Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Friday, October 7, 2022 at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home, McCook with his step-son Scott Welsh, officiating.

Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Danbury-Marion Cemetery, Danbury.

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Visitation with Family Present to Greet Friends
October 6, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home
305 West C Street
McCook, NE 69001

Funeral Service
October 7, 2022

10:00 AM
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home
305 West C Street
McCook, NE 69001

Burial with Military Honors
October 7, 2022

4:00 PM
Danbury Marion Cemetery
Danbury, NE 69025


In Dean's name to be designated at a later date
c/o Geihsler family, PO Box 476, McCook NE 69001


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