Craig Geller Obituary, Death – In 1954, he relocated to Cedar Rapids with his family from Downy, Iowa. There, he attended St. Patrick’s school and was a member of the inaugural graduating class from LaSalle High School. He attended the University of Iowa and majored in both business and art because those were his two favorite things to study. Throughout the rest of his life, he never stopped being a proud “Hawkeye.”
On September 3, 1966, Chuck wed the woman who would become the love of his life, Patricia L. Teahen. They have been married for a total of 56 years and have created a wonderful life together. Chuck and Pat first became friends at St. Patrick’s Elementary School, where they both subsequently got engaged and married. They had a young family at the time, and in 1979 they relocated to Madison, Wisconsin.
Chuck was the epitome of patriotism and had a profound love for the country in which he served. He was a proud veteran who served in the United States Army from January 1968 to January 1971. His service lasted from January 1968 until January 1971. During this period, he served in Vietnam, which earned him the Army Commendation medal in addition to the other medals and citations he obtained for his service. During this time, he also received other medals and awards for his service. He worked his way up to the level of Specialist 5th Class.
His whole professional life was spent working in the insurance industry, holding positions at Prudential, National Guardian Life, and 3M Insurance before he opened his own firm, Craig & Associates, Inc., at the end. After he retired from the insurance industry, he did not let go of his entrepreneurial drive. He established “VoiceOvers by Charlie,” a business in which he utilized the one-of-a-kind voice that had been bestowed upon him by God to record voice-over ads and audio books for authors located all over the world.
He had a natural talent for painting, and he particularly enjoyed working in oils and charcoal on the many canvases he created. He was known to spend a lot of time in his workshop, and he was particularly fond of giving art classes there to his grandchildren. He is survived by a large number of people who loved him, including his devoted wife Patricia and their four children: Aime (Kyle) Meyers of Waunakee, Jeffrey (Bobbi) Craig of Prairie du Sac, Jason (Mindy) Craig of Eau Claire, and Katie (Eric) Meyer of Lodi, as well as eight grandsons and one granddaughter. He will be greatly missed.
Chuck counted himself quite fortunate in that all of his family members lived in Wisconsin. His brother Timothy Craig, who lives in Blue Springs, Missouri, and five of his sisters are still alive: Jane Cunningham, who lives in West Des Moines, Iowa; Arlene Owens, who lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Patty Bailey, who lives in Marengo, Iowa; Betty Hruska, who lives in Anamosa, Iowa; and Rosemary Craig, who lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.