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Full Text of HR0144  102nd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Kenneth
4R. "Coach" Geiger of Hillside, who passed away on January 21,
52021; and
6    WHEREAS, Ken Geiger was born in Berwyn on December 30,
71931; he was a lifelong resident of Berwyn; he attended St.
8Leonard School in Berwyn; he graduated from Fenwick High
9School in Oak Park in 1949, where he played football and boxed
10for three years; he earned his Bachelor of Science from
11Monmouth College, where he was an all-conference guard and
12helped the football team to conference championships during
13his junior and senior years; he served in the 101st Airborne
14Division of the U.S. Army in Korea; he obtained his master's
15degree from the University of Illinois; he earned his
16doctorate in Education from the University of Missouri; and
17    WHEREAS, Ken Geiger coached football while earning his
18master's and doctoral degrees; he was the freshman football
19offensive line coach at the University of Illinois; he served
20as the assistant varsity line coach at the University of
21Missouri; he returned to Monmouth College as the varsity line
22coach and led the football team to an undefeated conference
23championship; and



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1    WHEREAS, Ken Geiger had a 34-year career in the J.
2Sterling Morton High School District, where he served as a
3teacher, the head football coach, a wrestling coach, the
4athletic director, and a department chair; and
5    WHEREAS, Ken Geiger entered professional football in the
61980s; he served as a scout for the Chicago Bears for 11 years,
7and he was with the team when they won Super Bowl XX in 1986;
8he later worked as a scout for the Indianapolis Colts for five
9years and the New Orleans Saints for three years;
10internationally, he was a moving force in bringing American
11football to Europe, where he taught football to European
12youths and represented the NFL as a clinician; and
13    WHEREAS, Ken Geiger was named to the Monmouth College Hall
14of Fame in 1996; he was also named to the IHSA Hall of Fame; he
15was an emeritus member of the American Association of Football
16Coaches; he was a member of the Chicago Catholic League's Hall
17of Fame; his family was named the Monmouth College Family of
18the Year in 2011; and
19    WHEREAS, Ken Geiger was known for being a father figure to
20his students and one of the foremost ambassadors of Morton
21High School; he will be remembered for the impact he made on
22the lives of his students; and



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1    WHEREAS, Ken Geiger was the husband of Sheryl J. (Johnson)
2for 67 years; the father of Gary (Ana Maria), Kevin (Jeane
3Gentile), Joni (James) Russo, Susan, and Eric (Amy); the son
4of the late Joseph J. and the late Ann M. (Zaher) Geiger; the
5grandfather of Joseph Bratta, Sean Geiger, and Niko Muniz; the
6great-grandfather to Mia Rose, Joseph, and Layla Bratta; the
7brother of the late Joseph (Nancy) Geiger; the brother-in-law
8of Celinda (Bob) Prater; and the uncle and great-uncle to
9many; therefore, be it
12we mourn the passing of Kenneth R. "Coach" Geiger and extend
13our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and all who
14knew and loved him; and be it further
15    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
16presented to the family of Ken Geiger as an expression of our
17deepest sympathy.