Christopher Scott Geldien, 52, passed away May 16, 2020 at his home in Spring Hill, FL. He is survived by his parents, Robert (Bob) J. Geldien and Judy Motter Geldien and his sister, Wendy Geldien.
Chris was born at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana and lived in nearby New Haven until his early twenties before moving into his first house in Fort Wayne. He had quite a few jobs while in the New Haven/Fort Wayne area - beginning work as a young man at one of our favorite New Haven gathering spots, Dairy Queen. He then moved on to work at Subway, Hires Auto Parts, Ottenweller Fabrication, Aqua Tek, NS Railroad, Chilcote Trucking, and later became a self-employed truck driver hauling large camper trailers across the USA and Canada. He later began a new career in healthcare as a nurses’ assistant at New Haven Nursing home, before moving on to employment at his birthplace, Parkview Hospital, where he worked on the orthopedic floor. We believe he found his true calling when he landed in the healthcare industry, and it is the industry he remained in for the rest of his work life.
In June of 2008, Chris moved to Seattle, Washington, where his sister lives, and was soon employed by Northwest Hospital in the Gamma Knife Department, which he absolutely loved (he had a great mind for science and loved learning about and being a part of the new technology). When Gamma Knife lost its funding, he transferred to the Physical Therapy Department at the same hospital.
During his time in the Northwest, he dove deeper into photography, and found a love for hiking, bicycling, and then later, motorcycles. He enjoyed riding fast (an understatement) and exploring Mount Rainier and the rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula. He loved snowshoeing in the Cascades in winter.
In December of 2015, Chris moved to Spring Hill, Florida to be closer to his parents and extended family. Here he discovered a love of kayaking and renewed his boyhood interest in space, closely following SpaceX and NASA launches. He made frequent visits to Kennedy Space Center to view launches and special exhibits/presentations, and he spread this enthusiasm among his family.
Chris loved nature, animals, debating, mechanics, science, all things automotive, cooking, baking, and creating. He was a quick wit with an infectious laugh. He strongly believed in the US constitution, fairness and free speech, equality, and in his country. He loved holidays and his family. He was gifted with a brilliant mind, a charitable heart, a wonderful sense of humor, and a great compassion for others. We loved him beyond words and are thankful to have had him in our lives. He made us all better people.
Memorial Service at later date.
Memorials to the "WOW" homeless program at Spring Hill Calvary Church of Nazarene 235 Cobblestone Drive Spring Hill, FL 34608
- Bob, Judy and Wendy Geldien
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