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Rudolf "Rudi" Geiselhart

May 19, 1942 - September 28, 2017
Holland, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Rudi (Rudolf) Maximillian Geiselhart, age 75 of Park Township, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017 at his home with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Elizabeth Geiselhart and his loving wife of 42 years, Roberta Geiselhart, who he missed dearly every day.

He leaves behind a daughter, Tena Marie Geiselhart of Holland, two sons, Richard Maximillian Geiselhart of Allegan, Rolf Andreas Geiselhart & Kristine of West Olive, two very special grandchildren, Maya Elizabeth Geiselhart, Max John Geiselhart and a special miniature dachshund, Waldi.

Rudi was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent many years living with his parents in the living quarters above their tavern in Roselle, Illinois and attended the Elgin Academy in Chicago. As a freshman in high school, he and his parents moved to Ganges, Michigan where he attended, played football and graduated from Fennville High School.

He enjoyed living life and spending time with his family. He also loved many things outdoors including watching and riding locomotive trains, riding horses, raising and showing dogs, bird watching, target shooting, driving, being around high-performance cars and motorcycles, auto racing, power boating and gardening. He was very proud of and had many fond memories and stories of his horse, Bonnie, that he rode as a boy for both pleasure and show and won many blue ribbons and trophies.

He was a mechanic before he joined the army where he served in Korea and also briefly after being discharged. He served as a Deputy Sheriff of Allegan County for many years and enjoyed furthering his skills by participating in training classes offered by the Michigan State Police. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. His smile, loving spirit, laughter and kindness will be very dearly missed by his family and everyone who was lucky enough to know him.

A private family service is being planned along the Lakeshore at Plummerville Cemetery.