on January 17, 2014 - 7:17 PM
Jan. 11, 1922 – Jan. 14, 2014
Richard H. Geitner, longtime owner of Angola’s historic movie theater and a pilot during World War II, died Jan. 14. He was 92.
Mr. Geitner was born in Silver Creek. He attained the rank of first lieutenant with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, and as a B-17 pilot logged more than 1,300 hours in the air on missions in Europe and Africa.
Upon returning home, he met his future wife, the former Bernice Leisner. The couple settled in Angola, where Mr. Geitner owned and operated the New Angola Theater from 1948 until his retirement in 1995. He also leased and operated the Grandview Drive-In Theatre.
He was a member of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Geitner enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He played trumpet with local bands and was known as a good storyteller.
Besides his wife of 63 years, Mr. Geitner is survived by two daughters, Nancy Dallaire and Linda Adams; two sons, Lawrence and Thomas; six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today in Most Precious Blood Church, 22 Prospect St., Angola.