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Wisconsin Dairy Industry Leader, Randall Geiger, Passes
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/11/2019

Funeral services will be held Saturday in Brillion for longtime Manitowoc County dairy farmer Randy Geiger, who passed away on Monday at the age of 69 from complications of a heart attack.

In 1966, Geiger began a 50-year career dairy farming as he and his wife, Rosalie, bred and developed a prized herd of registered Holsteins called Ran-Rose Farms. The herd was awarded many local, state and national awards for its quality of milk and crops. Over the decades, the herd accrued Progressive Breeder of Registry awards, over a dozen Progressive Genetics Awards, Gold Medal Dams, and Dams of Merit recognitions from Holstein Association USA.

Randy is a former school board member in Reedsville and was vice-chair of the Town of Rockland Smarth Growth and Land-Use Planning Committee. He was a former president of the Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative, and later served as an officer for the FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative.

He also lent his leadership to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion & Research Board and served on both the Wisconsin Beef Council and Eastern Wisconsin Dairy Herd Cooperative boards up until his death. From 2008 to 2013, he was on the board of directors of the National Milk Producers Federation, served as a director for World Dairy Expo, and was a member of the original Wisconsin Dairy 2020 Task Force under Governor Tommy Thompson. He also served on many boards and committees for county and state farm organizations and cooperatives.

Geiger earned the Cooperative Network's Cooperative Builder Award and received the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Honorary Recognition Award. Randy was presented as a Master Agriculturalist by the Wisconsin Agriculturalist and garnered Lakeshore Technical College's Dairy Honor Award. He was named Friend of the Manitowoc County Farm Bureau and was bestowed Manitowoc County's Outstanding Ag Leader Award.

Survivors include his wife, Rosalie Geiger of Reedsville; a son Corey (Krista Knigge) of rural Mukwonago; and a daughter Angela (Nate) Zwald and their three children, Mary, Allison, and Zachary, all of rural Beaver Dam.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on September 14 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion. Friends may also call the church on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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