Rep Geist Funeral
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Funeral arrangements have been set for the former longtime State Rep. Richard Rick Geist who died Aug. 29 while in Russia. According to Meyers-Somers Funeral Home, friends will be received from 12 to 7 p.m. Friday at Altoona First Church of the Brethren, with a funeral service being held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, which will be officiated by pastor Bill Pepper. In lieu of flowers, please share flowers with someone you love, says Geist's obituary. Born Nov. 21, 1944, Geist, an Altoona, native was elected in 1978 to serve people of the 79th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, serving 17 terms, according to Geist's obituary. "Though Rick deservedly received countless honors awards, and accolades during his lifetime, ultimately his was a life of service, and that always meant humbly doing good for others, and striving to make a positive difference in this world," Geist's obituary says. The obituary says Geist�s memory may be honored with donations to: Altoona First Church of the Brethren, 510 Fifth Street, Altoona, PA 16602 Railroaders Memorial Museum, 1200 Ninth Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602; Mishler Theatre, c/o BCAF, 1212 Twelfth Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601.