MUNSTER, IN - Doyle “Gus” Geiselman, Ph.D., formerly of Munster, Indiana, died October 1, 2018 in Fort Myers, Florida. He was born May 12, 1927 the fifth child to Forrest I. Geiselman and Pearl R. Sickman in Kewanna, Indiana. Soon afterwards the family moved to Culver, Indiana, where his father worked as a bank teller and a greengrocer. Gus admired his older sister and enjoyed chasing after his three older brothers. He graduated in 1945 from Culver High School as class president. He then enlisted in the Army and was posted in Nurnberg, Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1947 with the rank of Master Sergeant, WWII Victory and Army of Occupation medals.
On the advice of his best friend's father, who was commandant of Culver Academy, he matriculated to Purdue University, graduating in 1951, and began a lifelong career in the steel industry as a metallurgist. After two years at Raybestos-Manhattan in Crawfordsville, IN, faculty members at Wabash College encouraged him to return to Purdue, where he earned a M.S. in 1956 and Ph.D. in 1958. He held posts as a research director and plant manager in the Stellite division of Union Carbide for 15 years, followed by ITT/Harper, Casting Engineers, and Lester B. Knight Consulting in Chicago. In mid-life he began a three-decade-long career as a consultant, founding Calumet Associates and G-Squared Metallurgical in Chicago. He was a Professional Engineer and leader in various professional societies.
While at Purdue he met his lifelong love Bernice “Bea” Heath, who predeceased him by 20 days (September 11, 2018). They were married October 14, 1951 at the University Presbyterian Church in West Lafayette, Indiana. This began a lifelong association with Presbyterian churches over six relocations. An active churchman, he chaired missions, chartered a church, sang in the choir, sponsored the youth group, and served as an Elder at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Munster, which he and Bea joined in 1974.
He felt blessed that he was able to travel extensively with Bea prior to and after a stroke 17 years ago, and a two years later, he bravely overcame a severe head injury. Together they enjoyed attending many cultural events and restaurants in Chicago and during his early career in the New York City area.
Gus encouraged others by his example of being a lifelong learner, consultant, and servant. Always inquisitive, his clients became his friends and valued his honest and pragmatic advice. He endeavored to support others through his wisdom and resources. The hardship of his childhood and his native intelligence gave him the ability to sympathetically engage with a wide cross-section of people, whether a child, student, or a business owner.
His greatest pleasure was in being a father, friend, and fan to his children, their spouses, friends, many nieces and nephews, and finally his two granddaughters. He constantly encouraged their growth, whether it was career advice, a round of golf with his son-in-law, or calling his daughter-in-law. He always wanted to know how everyone was doing. He always showed up, reached out, and made it clear that he was there.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Opal (Newton) Helm, and brothers Wilbur (Myra), Forrest, Ralph (Francis), and two nephews. He is survived by his sister-in-law Jeanette (Forrest) Geiselman of Culver, five nieces and nephews, his daughter Gail (Ed) Freund of Fort Myers, FL, and son, the Rev. Keith (Sheri) Geiselman of Ann Arbor, MI and two granddaughters.
A joint service of Witness to the Resurrection for Bea and Gus will be held Saturday, October 27 at noon at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Avenue Munster, IN, luncheon to follow. The Reverend Quincy Worthington officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana.