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Doris Geiken, 89 - December 10, 2015


Doris Jeane Geiken, 89, of Gothenburg passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
Services will be conducted at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Joel Plisek officiating. Interment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
A visitation will take place at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg on Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 1 to 8 p.m.
Geiken was born June 22, 1926, at Chapman, KS, to Francis Dewey and Geneva (Newlin) Brenner. Along with one sister, Marian, the family resided at various places in Kansas since her father worked for the Union Pacific as a telegrapher.
In 1938, the family moved to Valparaiso where she graduated from high school in 1944. They then moved to Gothenburg and she began working for Gothenburg State Bank.
On March 2, 1947, she married Clifford Geiken in the chapel at Cozad Methodist Church. To this union, two children were born. The couple moved south of Gothenburg to a farm that had been her husband’s parents.
She was a member of Banner United Methodist Church until 1970 when she and and her husband joined the Gothenburg United Methodist Church.
Geiken began playing and singing for funerals while in high school and continued with those special services to others the rest of her life. The church has been a highlight of her life, according to family members, as she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, was a member of United Methodist Women and played the piano for Long Term and Hilltop services, in addition to singing and playing for weddings and funerals.
?She served as church organist for many years in addition to serving as church secretary for 17 years.
?Geiken was also a music aide at District 32 for 20 years and was lovingly called “Mrs. Music” by her students. She also belonged to the VFW Auxiliary, P.E.O. and Eastern Star.
She often stopped by to visit others, make phone calls to check on them or take little “goodies” from her kitchen, the family said. She was an angel placed here on earth to become a bright spot in many lives. She was a very loving and caring person to those she came into contact with.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Cliff on Feb. 26, 2015; her son, David on Oct. 2, 2004; her parents, Francis and Geneva; son-in-law, Gary Coates; sister and brother-in-law, Marian (Robert) Behrens.
Survivors include: her daughter, Carole Ann Coates of Cozad; two grandchildren—Jennifer (Darrell) Chancellor of Gothenburg and Elizabeth (Tom) Kehler of Culbertson; four great-grandchildren—Skyler and Abigail Chancellor and Robert and Reid Kehler; a sister, Bess Oatman and family of Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, NE 69138 and the Gothenburg Senior Center, 410 20th St., Gothenburg, NE 69138.