Byron R. Geissler

TORRINGTON – Memorial services for Byron Richard Geissler, 78, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Our Savior Lutheran Church with Reverend Scott Firminhac officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery.

Byron died March 4, 2021 at his home in Torrington and cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Our Savior Lutheran Church or Regional West Hospice. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to 

Byron was born in Keokuk, Iowa on May 26, 1942 to Arnold and Agnes (Goldenstein) Geissler. He grew up on the family farm near Carthage, Ill. along with his sister Sara. He attended the same one room country grade school his grandfather Ehme Golden attended as a child. He graduated from Carthage High School in 1960, received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in 1964, and a Master of Science in Animal Nutrition from Montana State University in 1966. While at the University of Illinois, he met Carol Fahnstrom of Victoria, Ill. and they were married June 27, 1964. To this union were born a daughter Gail and a son Kevin. Byron and Carol farmed in Illinois with Byron’ parents for thirty years. 

In 1998, they sold part of the Illinois farm and moved to Huntley where they continued with a cow herd, feedlot cattle and hay production. Due to ill health, Byron officially retired in 2016 when the couple moved to Torrington. 

Byron was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Torrington, where he was serving on the Board of Elders. 

Byron is survived by his wife Carol of Torrington; daughter Gail (Jim) Lee of Encampment; son Kevin (Lisa) Geissler of Carbondale, Ill.; three grandchildren Morgan Geissler of St. Louis, Mo., Caleb and Hannah Lee of Encampment; his sister Sara (Carl) Austin of Pueblo West, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Sue (Bob) Eagle of Oregon, Wisc. and Peg (Mike) Hagerty of Bonita Springs, Fla.; as well as several nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant grandson Walter Lee.


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