Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Obituaries

October 8, 2013

Barbara Largent Besser Geiger

July 12, 1928 - Oct. 6, 2013

Barbara Largent Besser Geiger, 85, Kokomo, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph Hospital Oct. 6, 2013. She was born July 12, 1928, in Kokomo to Katherine (Barnes) and Bert Largent. On June 14, 1947, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church she married Bill Besser, the father of her two children. In 1968, she married William Geiger and divorced in 1978.

She worked for Delco Electronics and retired in 1987. Throughout her 42 years of service she worked on the line at Plants 5 and 8, worked as a clerk, and in the shipping and traffic departments and ended her career in finance. After retirement, she cashiered at Kokomo Speedway, Gas City Speedway and worked at Serendipity.

Barbara had been a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority since 1958 and held many offices and served as co-chairman for its state convention. This organization gave her lifelong friendships that are irreplaceable.

She is a 1946 Kokomo High School graduate and was a co-chairman of the class reunions for many years. She was also a Del-Ray member. Family was very important to her and she liked spending time with her children and grandchildren and more recently her great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed cross-stitch and embroidering. She was the matriarch of the family and would do anything for anyone any time. Barbara was a true and loyal friend who will be sorely missed.

Surviving are a son, Michael Besser and wife Terri; a daughter, Theresa Nielander and companion Ron Kirkpatrick; grandson, Travis Besser; granddaughters, Tracie Meeker (Adam), Julie Jacobs (Adam), Jan Armstrong (Matt), great-grandchildren, Radlee and Bodee Besser, Caydence and Addisen Betz, Bryce Jacobs, Nicollette Armstrong, Andrea and Jared Meeker. Also surviving are brother-in-law, Carl Cox; sister-in-law, Florence Largent; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister, Betty Largent; sisters, Norma Noland and Delores Cox; and brother, Arthur Largent.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Obituaries
  • OBT - KT072914 - Francis Knox obit - PIC Francis 'Tom' Eugene Knox Francis “Tom” Eugene Knox, 84, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at his home. He was born June 21, 1930, in Vera Cruz, Indiana, to Floyd W. and Mildred D. (Gifford) Knox. On Aug. 17, 1974, he married Deloris O. Wheeler in Lafayette, and she preced

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Funeral listings, July 29, 2014 Holmes, Imogene R. (Lett), services are 10 a.m. today at West Street Christian Church, Tipton.Jackson, Linda, services are 1 p.m. today at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville.Esslinger, Hassie M., services are 1 p.m. today at Shirl

    July 29, 2014

  • Cathy J. Spivey Cathy J. Spivey, 66, Panama City, Florida, and formerly of Elwood, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor, surrounded by her loving family, following a brief illness.A celebration of life service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 3

    July 29, 2014

  • Frances Juanita Bookwalter Frances Juanita Bookwalter, 93, Peru, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, July 27, 2014, at Community Howard Regional Health, Kokomo, with her loving children by her side.Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McClain Funeral Hom

    July 29, 2014

  • Helen M. Shultz Helen M. Shultz, 93, passed away at her residence Friday, July 25, 2014. She was born Sept. 9, 1920, to Raymond and Esther (Wolf) Jackson. They preceded her in death.Helen graduated from Butler High School and married Homer G. “Jake” Shultz on Aug. 3

    July 29, 2014

  • Wilma Leach Wilma Leach, Tipton, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Tipton.Arrangements are pending at the Porter Funeral Home of Tipton.

    July 29, 2014

  • OBT - KT072914 - Emogene Richey obit - PIC Emogene Richey Emogene Richey, 94, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Century Villa Healthcare in Greentown. She was born Dec. 21, 1919, to William Raleigh Coverdale and Ethel Jane (Harrison) Coverdale. On Dec. 24, 1939, she married Albert Richey, who preceded h

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deena Lou Crawford Deena Lou Crawford, 72, Kokomo, passed away at 7:55 a.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ellers Mortuary, 3400 S. Webster St., with Pastor Gary Foster officiating. Burial will follow at K

    July 29, 2014

  • OBT - KT072914 - James Young obit - PIC James E. Young James E. Young, 78, rural Roann, died at 11:37 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, surrounded by his daughters at his residence. He was born Nov. 13, 1935, in Sleepy Hollow, Miami County, the son of Floyd E. and Margaret V. (Miller) Young. He was married N

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Max Bitner Max Bitner, Kempton, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at his residence. Arrangements are pending at the Porter Funeral Home of Tipton.

    July 29, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries
Poll
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller