Richard Howard Geitner, age 92, of Angola, NY died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.
He was born Jan. 11, 1922 in Silver Creek, NY to Andrew and Cresence Geitner, and was the brother of the late Iva Brown, Douglas Geitner, Joan McGowan, and Kathleen Murrett.
Richard was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Forces, and a World War II B-17 pilot for more than 1,300 humanitarian and logistical mission hours in Europe and Africa. After the war, he came back to Western New York, where he met his wife, Bernice, and settled in Angola.
Richard H. Geitner
He owned and operated the New Angola Theatre from 1948 to 1995, and also operated the Grandview Drive-In Theatre.
Richard was a member of Most Precious Blood Church and the VFW. He enjoyed hunting, played trumpet in local bands, traveling, telling stories, fishing, gardening, and was an amiable mentor to all who worked with him.
Survivors are his beloved wife of 63 years, Bernice Rita Geitner, born to the late Louis and Juliette Leisner of Gowanda, NY; daughters Nancy Dallaire (late J.V. Paul) of Fort Pierce, Florida and Linda (Ronnie) Adams of Derby, New York; sons, Lawrence, and Thomas (Margaret) Geitner of San Mateo, California; grandchildren, Rachel and Mark Dallaire, Joshua and Leah Adams, Gregory and Shelby Geitner; and great grand-daughter, Dakota Bastedo.
There will be visitation today from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Addison Funeral Home, Inc., Angola, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Most Precious Blood Church, Angola, NY, on Saturday, January 18, at 11:00 a.m., followed by internment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Angola, NY. Those unable to attend may sign the guest book at www.addisonfuneralhome.com/Obituaries.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Most Precious Blood Church, 22 Prospect St., Angola, NY.