With her daughter Karen at her side, Deloris Geyer of San Mateo passed away in the early afternoon of Thursday February 13, just two days after her 97th birthday.
Dee, as she was lovingly called by all that knew her, was a fixture in the Sunnybrae neighborhood of San Mateo, where she lived for more than 50 years with her husband Walt Geyer, who passed away in 2006.
Born Daisy Deloris Wire in the small southern Indiana town of Boonville on February 11 1923, Dee was the third oldest of 6 children and was raised during the Depression near the banks of the Ohio River. Dee graduated from Boonville High the spring before WWII started in 1941.
With everyone joining the service or helping in the war effort, (including her older brother Paul, who fought on Iwo Jima with the US Marines) Dee and her older sister Juanita went to work at Republic Aviation, a defense plant in nearby Evansville.
It was there, on the third-shift in 1943 & 44 that Dee and ‘Neety’ helped build fuselages for the mighty P-47 fighter plane. As if from the scene of a war bond recruiting poster, Dee drove rivets all through the night with her sister right next to her as the rivet bucker.
In the spring of ’44, Dee enlisted in the US Navy and was shipped for 6 weeks of boot training to the Bronx, NY. In July, she was transferred to the famous Naval Air Station (NAS Miami) in Opa-Locka, Florida where she served through the end of the War and was honorably discharged in March of 1946 after 2 full years as a WAVE.
Dee met Walt Geyer, who had returned to Booneville from his service in Europe with the US Air Force, where they eventually married on her birthday in 1950. Walt, Dee and young Karen then moved to San Mateo County in1953. Two years later, Dee gave birth to twin boys, Mark and Scott.
Dee was an accomplished seamstress, cook, and gardener and widely considered the best wife, mother and gramma ever. Her professional career spanned many years on the Peninsula but she was the happiest working at American Standard Plumbing & Heating in San Mateo. She was an avid Bay Area sports fan, with a special place in her heart for both the Giants and the Forty Niners.
Dee is survived by her brother Larry (Wanda) Wire and sister Patty Hebner both of Booneville; her daughter Karen (Larry) Baumann of Campbell, sons Mark (Kelly) Geyer of Bozeman, MT and Scott (Lisa) Geyer of Scottsdale AZ; her grandchildren Matty Baumann, Haillee Whittington, Adam Geyer, Tia (Travis) Coyle, Travis Geyer, Jordan Geyer, Jamison Geyer and Lauryn Braun.
She was preceded in death by siblings Juanita Beerwart; Paul Wire and Doris Koutz; and grandchildren Danny Baumann, Christopher Baumann and Jessie Geyer.
Donations can be made in the honor of Deloris Geyer to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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