Published: Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Fred A. Geranen was born Oct. 27, 1937, to John A. and Emma (Groop) Geranen at Frederick, S.D. He was raised on the family farm and went to school in the Frederick area and graduated from Northern State University (S.D.) in 1971.
Fred served in the U.S. Army from 1957 until his honorable discharge in 1958. He married Juanita Bonde Dahl Dec. 26, 1958, in Aberdeen, S.D. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service as the superintendent of Postal Operations in Aberdeen on Oct. 1, 1992.
Fred was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, a 50- year member of the Masonic Lodge (Aberdeen #38 and Custer, S.D. #66), a 33 degree Mason with the Scottish Rite (Aberdeen), a Past Associate Guardian of Job’s Daughters in both Aberdeen and Custer, a member of the Custer Friendship Chapter, O.E.S., and a past potentate of Yelduz Shrine Temple in Aberdeen.
Upon completing his term as potentate, Fred and Nita retired to Custer. He was a member of Custer Community Church, Custer City Masonic Lodge and the Naja T’s in Custer. During the summers, he worked for Custer State Park Resort Co. at Sylvan Lake and Blue Bell Resort.
Fred spent many years of his life in service to others and will be dearly missed by many.
Fred died Monday, April 29, 2013, at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, S.D., after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was 75.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Fred is survived by his wife, Juanita ‘Nita’ of Custer; two sons, Gary (Barbara) Geranen of Ladysmith, Wis., and Jon (Marie) Geranen of Waukee, Iowa; two daughters, Cheryl Smith of Custer; Lisa (Jim) Lee of Aberdeen; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Betty Schmich of Portland, Ore., and Carol Rozelle of Concord, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children or the Custer Community Church building fund.
Memorial services were May 4 at Custer Community Church with Pastor Bill Comfort officiating.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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