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Henry "Hank" Geilenfeld


         Henry Carl “Hank” Geilenfeld was born on September 1, 1922 in Algona, Iowa, the son of Carl and Martha (Dreyer) Geilenfeld. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from AlgonaHigh School in 1942. He was the first State Champion Wrestler from Algona and he also lettered in football. On April 5, 1945 he was united in marriage to Maybelle Christine Kenne at the St. Cecilia Rectory in Algona.

          Right after high school he began to work for McCullough Funeral Home in Algona. Later, while still working for Bob McCullough, he graduated from St. Louis School of Mortuary Science in St. Louis, Missouri. He worked there until Bob’s retirement then he and Michael Schaaf bought the funeral home together. In 1984 he retired.

          Hank loved to ride motor cycles and covered forty-nine states riding his bike with Maybelle. He also enjoyed bowling, he had the first seven hundred series in Algona and his average was always around or over two hundred, he played and pitched softball until he was sixty-two, pitched horseshoe and played cards and board games. But his greatest love and enjoyment was his family. He was always there for what ever was going on with the boys or with Maybelle.  
          He is survived by his two sons, Charles and his wife, Barbara of Oelwein, Iowa and Michael of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Three grandchildren, Kelly Jo Rundquist of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Chuckie and his wife, Cristy Geilenfeld of Urbandale, Iowa and Jillian and her husband, Michael Austin of Adel, Iowa, eight great grandchildren, April, Kodi, Paul, Katie, Addison, Lexi, Tori and Ella. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maybelle (July 14, 2003), two sisters, Alice Donahue and Esther Brunsvold and his parents, Carl and Martha.
          Hank was a member of the TrinityLutheranChurch in Algona, Iowa Funeral Directors Association and the Algona Fire Department for twenty-five years. He was very good at helping people in a time of need, he was the kindest and most giving person I knew and touched many lives. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him especially his family.
          There will be a visitation in Oelwein on Friday, January 1, 2010 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Chapel from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and a visitation in Algona, Iowa on Sunday, January 3, 2010 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Oakcrest Funeral Home. The services will be at 10:30 am on Monday, January 4, 2010 at TrinityLutheranChurch in Algona with burial at CalvaryCemetery.  
          A memorial fund has been established to go to the Grandview Healthcare Center Alzheimer’s Unit

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Bruce Brunsvold and Family on January 14, 2010 at 10:39 AM said:

I cannot imagine a better uncle to have than Hank. While spending the summers in Algona with grandma and grandpa we spent many wonderful times at Uncle Hank and Maybelle's house and tagged along on softball, bowling and many other family events. We had great times in Algona thanks to Hank and Maybelle and family and those memories will always be with us.
Chuck, Penny and I extend our deepest simpathy for your loss but what a wonderful dad and mom you have been blessed with.

Bruce and Family
Suzette Hurst Foster on January 2, 2010 at 1:46 PM said:

I'm saddened to see the obituary of your father. Although it is a part of life, it, is without sad feelings. My sympathies to you & your family, and I am thankful for your new website that I can send my thoughts & prayers your way.
Pat Hansen on December 31, 2009 at 7:22 AM said:

Dear Michael: I pray that the Lord will be with you and your family during this sad time. I am sure that you will see in your father's death the path to eternal life and that you know you will be reunited with all those who have gone before you through Jesus Christ our saviour.

You and your family have my prayers for peace and blessings in the new year.

With condolences. Pat
Brian and JoAnne Brunsvold on December 29, 2009 at 12:33 PM said:

My Uncle Hank and his Aunt Maybelle were always a joy to visit or have them visit my family in the Quad Cities. Hank's motorcyles were always better than new ones on the showroom floor..He cleaned them as soon as he got off of them. Wow, what a bowler. I don't think I've ever seen better form and follow through in my life. Hank was just a super athlete and could do all sports well. Some of my fondest memories were staying with their son (my cousin) Chuck in the summer time. Hank loved his ice cream and tomatoes and it was hard to fill him up with fresh tomatoes(must be peeled though..ha!) I really miss him and Maybelle.....God didn't make two nicer and more loving people. I'm happy to see Hank reunited with Maybelle in heaven. They both will greatly missed by my family.
Bob King, Lt/Col, USMC(retired) on December 29, 2009 at 8:09 AM said:

Chuck and family,
Our condolences to you. Your dad certainly accomplished
a lot during his life. Thanks for all your help in taking
care of my mother, sister and brothers.
Kathy Steele Adams on December 28, 2009 at 3:46 PM said:

Chuck, I was so sorry to read about your father's death. Please accept my (and Bill's) sympathy. You were so good to my family when both my mom and dad died, wish I were there to at least offer my condolences in person. Take care and God bless.

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