Harry Geelen, 85, of Spring Hill, Florida, peacefully passed away on September 30th. Born in Detroit, Michigan on June 11th, 1936, to Leona and Henricus Geelen, Harry was a tenacious and curious boy who always asked questions and was a life-long learner. Harry spent two proud years in the United States Army. He then began a 40- year career in the tool and die field supporting the automotive industry. His first position kickstarted his career working his way to eventually being co-owner of Redall Industries which he retired from in 1998.
In 1957, Harry met his wife, JoAnn, and was married to her for 63 wonderful years. They had four children and Harry put family first, always, and was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His children went on to pursue careers in the accounting, construction, engineering, and service industries. Harry was a strong, kind, loving, and supportive father. His knowledge and guidance were the foundation of his family.
Harry and JoAnn moved to Timber Pines in Spring Hill, Florida as “snowbirds” after retiring. Harry enjoyed golfing, traveling, gardening and spending time with his family and friends, as well as winters in Florida and summers in Michigan. Family was such an important part of Harry’s life with him always looking forward to and proud of the Geelen family reunions.
Harry was predeceased by his parents Henricus and Leona, sister Noldina Armstrong and daughter-in-law Victoria Geelen. He is survived by his wife JoAnn, children Teresa (Bill) Spann of Medina, Tennessee, Cheryl Stelfox of Kimball, Michigan, Keith Geelen of Spring Hill, Florida and Michael (Suzanne) Geelen of Grand Prairie, Texas, six grandchildren, Steven (Erin) O’Brien, Jessica Spann, Trevor (Erin) Spann, Bradley (Brooke) Geelen, Andrew and Thomas Geelen; and two great grandchildren, Callum and Elisa O’Brien.
Services will be held on Saturday, October 9th at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, Florida 34609. There will be a greeting with family from 10:00 to 11:00 am followed by a Mass at 11:00 am. The family requests donations be sent to The American Cancer Society. Donations can be made online at https://www.cancer.org or mailed to P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or by phone 800-277-2345.
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