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Frank W. Geist, Jr

Frank W. Geist, Jr, 89, of Ipswich, loving husband of the late Rita F. (Troccoli) Geist, died Thursday October 28, 2021 at Beverly Hospital following a brief illness.  Frank was born In Boston on January 1, 1932 the only child of the late Frank W. Geist, Sr. and the late Florence E. (Brockelbank) Geist.

Frank “Bill/Billy” was raised briefly in Lynn, then moved to Ipswich in the fourth grade.  He attended Northfield Mount Herman School, then transferred to Ipswich High School, graduating with the Class of 1949.  He holds an Associate Degree from North Shore Community College. 

Frank enlisted in the Army in July 1949 at the age of seventeen and earned his jump wings with the 82nd Airborne Division.  Eager to serve, and since the 82nd Airborne Division was not sent to the Korean War, he deployed to Korea with the Graves Registration Service (GS) for one year, seven months, and nine days - tasked with the retrieval, identification, transportation, and burial of deceased American military personnel.  He was honorably discharged in October 1952.

Upon returning from overseas, Frank met his future wife, Rita F. Troccoli, at a dance at the Pavilion on Little Neck.  He married Rita in June 1955, and they soon made their life-long home, and raised their family, at 28 Lakemans Lane in Ipswich.  In January 1954 he joined the Ipswich Police Department.  He proudly served as an Ipswich Police Officer for thirty-four years, retiring as a Sergeant in April 1988.  In retirement, he was employed for ten years as a tax examiner with the IRS in Andover.

Frank was a longtime member of the Ipswich V.F.W. Post #1093.

He is survived by his son, Mark W. Geist, and his wife Darla of Santa Barbara, CA; a grandson, Gavin J. Koehn of Long Island City, NY; cousins, Bruce Porter, Lynne (Porter) Meyer, Betty (Porter) Walk, Andrea, Patty, and Mickey Porter.  He is also survived by nephews, Robert Lynch of Jefferson, Jeffrey Lynch of St. Petersburg, FL, Matthew Baldassarri of Salem, Mark Baldassarri of Beverly and a niece, Beth Baldassarri of Newburyport.

In addition to his wife, Rita he was predeceased by a daughter, Lisa A. Geist of Sandy, UT and an aunt, Elizabeth (Brockelbank) Lazisky of Manchester by the Sea.

Internment with Military Honors will be held Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM graveside at Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, 4 to 7 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends vaccinated and or facially masked will be cordially welcomed. Memorial contributions in Frank’s name may be made to the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org/manh



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