Louis William Geisling, Jr.
(1926 - 2010)

Louis William Geisling Jr.
Nickname: Lou

February 9, 1926

Michigan, United States of America
June 14, 2010

You name it and Big Lou could get fired up about it.
Lou Geisling was born 2/9/1926 in Detroit to Margaret and Louis Sr. He loved his little sister Mary Jane, his family in Owensborouogh, Ky and his buddies at Northern High. He dated many but fell in Love once with his wonderful, wife Nancy Strohm in 1952. He Fathered Kristin, Kathy, Kurt, James D. and grandfathered 7. He learned photography in the USAF and returned from the Pacific to photograph dance parties, events, and weddings until recently. For over 30 years he taught in Detroit at Dow Grammar School and Taft Junior High.

He was a renaissance man and was enthusiastic about classical music, existential philosophy, football, movies, poetry, literature and his family. Polio slowed him in 1952, but not much. He lived a passionate life. People liked him. He died at home on Hammond Lake.

He will be honored Sat. 8/7/10 at Kirk in the Hills Church 11-2pm.

Pictures, either of Lou and friends or also all of the pictures that Louis took of you can be posted here at iLasting.com or contact me so that I can get them scanned in.

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As a student at Dubois school in early 1950's, students didn't call him Mr. Geisling. He was Louie and played in all the playground games with all the kids. He was just one of us at recess. Lou was a favorite of students in all the classes he taught.I was one of his students when he and Nancy were married and departed on their honeymoon. A man to never be forgotten. Lou did my brother Bob's 1st. wedding album (1963-64?). I have some beautiful photographs of my family at the church that Lou just threw in.
Louie will always be in our memories and hearts.
Vin Jaber
Vin Jaber (former student )
February 9th, 2012
Dear Nancy and Family,

I am so saddened to hear of your great loss. Lou will lovingly be remembered always by family and friends.

I was fortunate to be one of those friends. Learning wedding and special events photography was like an ongoing class in art and design, sociology, psychology, literature and music appreciation--classical, of course. Lou was the consummate teacher, always didactic.

"Thank you, Lou, for all your wit and wisdom, quirks and quotes, your observations and appreciation of all the absurdities of people, power and life. You were a fine professor!"

He touched so many lives--always spreading joy and energy. My life was blessed to have known this Renaissance man and the world is a better place for the gift of his life.

Farewell, Uncle Louie. Love, Shirley Gach
Shirley Gach (friend, photographer)
August 6th, 2010
I remenber summer evenings with all the kids on Frederick Street gathered in the Geisling's front yard to participate in Lou's imaginative races.
Lou also tried to add culture to the neighborhood by cranking the hi-fi with a variety of musical selections, ranging from classical to goober peas.
Since Lou, and his able assistant Nancy, photographed our wedding (1978); Lynne and I have held Lou up as the gold standard of wedding photographers. No matter how much equipment or how many assistants they have, we have yet to find a photographer who could capture the moment the way Lou could.
May God comfort you in this time of lose.
Mike Mansfield (neighbor)
August 4th, 2010
Dear Family,
I have nothing but fun, wonderful memories of Lou. Lou and you all made me feel welcome. I always had fun at the Geisling home. I will miss Lou's funny stories.
Love you all.
Rudy Langston (Friend)
July 19th, 2010
During the winter Lou would joined me and others to clean and paint the
bottom of "Chip" a 40 foot North Sea yacht owned by a syndicate of friends
which we often sailed in races on Lake Sinclair.

It was August of 1950 that Lou, Bill Baars, Bill Meyer and I set sail for
Grand Bend - a beautiful holiday venue on Lake Huron in Canada about 100
miles sailing from Detroit. We started early in good weather and planned
to sail through the night to arrive the next morning in daylight. But the
weather turned nasty with strong winds from aft so we found ourselves
nearing Grand Bend about 3 AM in the middle of strong winds and blinding

Having never been there before and without proper charts we were truely
"in the dark" without a clue on where to enter the breakwater except there
was a very dim light on the end of a rock wall. By now the winds had
reached gale force with waves to match. With no motor in the yatch we had
to keep the mainsail up to maintain speed and control so that we could
remain offshore until daylight but with the storm and rain increasing it
was a dismal prospect to four cold, frieghtened amateur sailors.

By some amazing stroke of luck a wet cold figure appeared on the
breakwater under the dim light with a torch in their hand which they shone
on the rock wall opposite that defined the entrance. Without hesitation we
dashed through at full speed into the tiny harbour. A fast tack about to
head into the wind required Lou who was down below to release the catch on
the winch which held the wire halyard and sail to the top of the mast.
Amidst the shouting of "release the halyard", the noise of the wind in the
stays and general chaos the sail came down and Lou emerged with bloodied
fingers and battered torch through the hatch. Saved by Lou, good luck,
hard work and clean living!!

We were rewarded the next morning by stronger winds, storm and waves but
protected by the breakwater and visited by admiring young ladies who came
to see the young heros who had arrived in the night!

Needless to say the weather eventualy turned bright and warm and the
ladies appeared in their best swimsuits -- one of which was made of a dark
velvet that had never touched water. Your imagination will complete the

And Bill Baars captured the prettiest of them all - a young Canadian
trainee nurse named Norma who he later married and lived happily
everafter. Now in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The End,

Dear Mal, The photo of those ladies created more excitement in the Geisling home! We would really make a big deal of it all yet never knew the "resst of the story."
Mal Grigg (Pal)
July 18th, 2010
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"In 1984 my family was visiting the Grand Canyon and there, on a trail a man offered to take our picture and mail it to us. I found the picture today and I am sad I never thanked a perfect stranger for a random act of kindness. What a wonderful man!"
Tarcila Fox
June 6th, 2013
"I think Lou was my mom's third-favorite person in the whole wide world, next to Nancy and my dad. I was so lucky to know him and have him take our wedding photos. Nancy, I send you my love and hold you in my heart."
Carol Ritchie
August 2nd, 2010
"Lou was my husband Carl's roommate at Woodward Hills for a short time so did not have the opportunity to know him but we were both teachers and would have enjoyed his company.Our prayers are with Nancy and family. Carl is still there."
marge qualmann
June 26th, 2010
"I cleaned Lou and Nancy's house for them about 4 years ago and I enjoyed talking to Lou he did have alot of interesting stories and made me laugh. He was a very sweet man, and I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. God Bless your family."
marcie sommer
June 22nd, 2010
"Mr. Geisling was our teacher at Taft Junior High School back in the 60's. He was a great English Teacher. The last time I saw Mr. Geisling was at a DFT Union Meeting. I've been a Detroit Teacher since 1975. God Bless your family!"
Barbara Graham
June 21st, 2010

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