Originally Published: September 15, 2006 4 a.m.
Michael Lee Gear
Michael Lee Gear, age 70, died in Prescott at the VA Hospice on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, following a courageous battle with cancer.
June 18, 1936, was a beautiful day because Mike Geer was born in Marion, Ohio. Today we celebrate his life as he goes home on angels' wings and with the love of friends and family.
Mike graduated from Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, and went on to attend Ohio State University. Mike served his country honorably as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and later traveled the world as a Director of Southeast Asia for Allied Signal. In 1962, Mike was united in marriage to Geneva (Jan) Birchfield.
In 2002, Mike and Jan moved to Prescott. Mike loved boating and building homes and telling stories. Perhaps Mike's favorite pastime was meeting people. Mike made friends with people of every walk of life and never met a stranger.
Mike is survived by his wife, Jan; his mother, Pauline Geer of Marion, Ohio; and his children, Debra Geer Locklear, Steve Ness, Michael Ray Geer, Kathy Geer Linder, and Kirk Allen Geer. He is further survived by his brother, Lou Geer; sister, Brenda Geer Pollock; and many grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Mike was pre-deceased by Clair Geer, his father; and Ronald Geer, his brother.
A military memorial service for Mike Geer will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Veterans Affairs Chapel, 500 Highway 89 North in Prescott. Friends and relatives are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorial funds have been established in his name for the VA Hospice program (VA Hospice, 500 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott, AZ 86313, Attention: Bette Robbins). The Geer Family would like to sincerely thank the entire staff of the VA Hospice for the loving care and support they provided Mike and his family during his last days.
We don't cry because Mike is gone, we smile because of our memories of how he touched our lives.
Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with final arrangements.
(Information provided by survivors.)
Tammy Lee Reed LaGourgue
May 31, 1958-Aug. 21, 2006
Tammy was born in Marion, Va., to Lewis and Rose Reed. She moved with her family to many places. She graduated high school in Biglerville, Pa. Tammy received her LPN degree from Hanover Hospital in Pennsylvania. She worked in Pennsylvania for a state hospital before she moved to the desert Southwest to be near her aunt, and later her parents in Black Canyon. Tammy worked at the Arizona Pioneers' Home before she took a position as Public Health Nurse at YCHD, where she worked for many years before retiring. She was a terrific bartender at various establishments in Prescott as a second vocation. Tammy was a devoted and avid horse, dog and cat lover.
Tammy was preceded in death by her sister Robin and her father. Tammy is survived by her devoted husband, Kenny LaGourgue; her mother, Rose Reed; Dr. Jody Murph (Ed) of Iowa City, Iowa; her brother, Lewis Reed Jr.; and nieces and nephews.
Tammy loved boating, the sun and spending time with family and friends. She was always full of life and love and curiosity and was a good friend to many who knew her. Her contagious laugh will be in our hearts forever. Tammy was very special. She was a caring wife, daughter, sister and friend and will be greatly missed by many.
A celebration of Tammy's life will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Windsock on Iron Springs Road. Food will be provided by Taco Don's Restaurant. In lieu of flowers, donations could go to Yavapai Guidance Clinic or Yavapai Exceptional Industries.
The Hampton Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
(Information provided by survivors.)