Edward John Geise was born December 22, 1944, in Nottingham, England, to Joan and John Geise. He died April 4, 2023, cradled by his two daughters. He spent the last days surrounded by his small, tight-knit family.
Edward John was known by many names: “Eddie” to those who knew him in his heyday; “Captain Ed” to those who watched him in action on the Gulf of Mexico as a commercial-fisherman; “Dad” to stubborn daughters who he made tougher than nails; “Papaw” to six grandchildren and a great-grandson. His most favorite titles of all were “breakfast chef” and “family gardener.”
Edward lived with his oldest daughter’s family in a multi-generational household while his grandchildren were being raised. Papaw made Gabriella, Eric and Daniel a hot breakfast every morning to get their day started right and made sure he was there after school to welcome them back home. The time he spent helping raise his grandbabies was the happiest time of his life. He spent the last 20 years sharing his colorful stories and experiences.
Ed may never have won the sweepstakes he knew was coming, and he never got back into the garden after that last spring; but, up until the end, he gave it a fight. Having a harsh life didn’t stop him from being kind, caring, and fiercely defensive of those who needed it most.
Preceded in death by both his parents, his sister Christine Johnson, his only son Daniel Chase, and his granddaughter, Roslyn Faith, Edward had perseverance and determination that leaves a lasting example for those he left behind. He is survived by his brother David Geise of Lincoln, Nebraska; his two daughters, Jessica Metz and Magan Estill; his grandchildren, Ethan Gonzalez and wife Morgan, Nathan Gonzalez, Gabriella Herriven and husband Bryce, Eric Carrasco, and Daniel Carrasco; and his great-grandson, Henry Edward Herriven. Ed also leaves behind his two best friends, Yolanda and Maria Ybarra.
There will be a private naval burial at sea, off the coast of San Diego. In memoriam of his life, donations can be made to Cross Timber Family Services in Stephenville, Texas.
“…whatever you did for one of the least of theses brothers and sister of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
“…love one another as I have loved you, therefore you must love one another.”
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