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Born: Mar 11, 1948

Date of Passing: Jan 18, 2019

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DUNCAN EDWARD GEISLER On Friday, January 18, 2019 after a long and brave struggle with prostate cancer, our "Papa", Duncan Edward Geisler, aged 70 years, died in the presence and love of his family at the Lakeshore General Hospital in Ashern, MB. Duncan was predeceased by his father Edward and his beloved godson Brandyn. He joins them now to enjoy a cold one and look down upon those that remain: his loving wife Lise; his mother Antoinette; children, Roland, Paul (Alexandra) and Marianne (Bernard); grandchildren, Annalise and Lydia; his brother Dennis; his sisters, Shelley (Randy) Bjornson and Sandra (Ken) Falk as well as many other dear friends and relatives. Duncan was born in Ashern, MB on March 11, 1948 and grew up on the family farm just west of town, ingraining in him a love of farming, nature and being outdoors. His love of the outdoors served him well as he worked for several years in Manitoba's north as a surveyor, labourer and sometimes camp cook (to the misfortune of those he cooked for). He talked often of the fish he would catch, the fun he had camping and the beauty of the wilderness. We all enjoyed the fishing and hunting trips we went on with him (including when we didn't catch or shoot anything) and will remember him fondly as we sit in the boat, in the blind or on the tractor. He graduated with a Law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1978 and began his professional life in Ashern. His career in Law brought him to every corner of the province, and it was in his travels for work that he met the love of his life Lise and started his family. He also followed his mentor James Anderson's footsteps and became involved in politics where he ran several times for the Liberal party. His professional and political work allowed him to travel the province, demonstrating how deeply he cared about his community and the people of all walks of life that he made connections with. We will forever remember him as the hard working, fun-loving, and multi-talented Papa, husband, brother, son, friend, lawyer, politician, pilot, singer, hunter, fisherman, guitar player and jokester that he was. "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die" A private service with his family will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Grace Lutheran Church. A public funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Ashern Centennial Hall with Rev. Dr. Scott McAnally officiating. Interment will follow in the Grace Lutheran Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Elliot Geisler, Derek Bjornson, Craig Bjornson, Brenna Sigfusson, Randy Geisler and Jim Broustal. Honorary pallbearers will be the doctors, nurses, staff and health care professionals who have taken care of him over the years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Duncan's memory to the Lakeshore Hospital Guild, c/o Julie Bergner, PO Box 721, Ashern, MB R0C 0E0 or to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Inc., 675 McDermot Ave., Room ON 1160, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. Arrangements by: ARNASON FUNERAL HOME Ashern - Lundar 1.204.768.2072 1.866.323.3593

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 23, 2019

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • I recall in my third year that I was sitting in the back row of a fairly tedious class called Wills and Estates that was taught by Professor Cam Harvey. We were doing a makeup class so it was from 7 until 10 in the evening. I was sitting next to Duncan, who had an irrepressible sense of humour, He was, like me a person who started law school later than others in the class, because I, too, had another career before beginning law school. Professor Harvey had the blackboard covered with diagrams about the rules of consanguinity. Duncan waited until he finished this impossible to understand diagram and called out, WHERE DOES THE QUARTERBACK GO???? The entire class and Professor Harvey broke out in laughter and the class was adjourned. Duncan was a wonderful friend and very astute about the law. Shelley G. Mitchell - Posted by: Shelley Mitchell (law school classmate and friend ) on: Mar 30, 2021

  • Sorry to hear of Duncan passing. It was nice to talk to you. Nettie .I will keep in touch. Your 1st. Cousin (Lawrence Hemery) - Posted by: Lawrence H . Hemery ( 1sts cousin of Antoinette (Nettie) Geisler ) on: Feb 10, 2019

  • Mr. Geisler was a friend of my father although my dad was much older. The first time I met him, and called him (Mr.) he told me his name was Duncan, and his dad was (Mr.). Duncan led me through the most hardest times of my life with the passing of my dad and then mom. He took care of everything, when I was at my weakest. My heart breaks for the Geisler family. You have lost a great gentleman. - Posted by: Robin Drylick (Father's Friend (Harry)) on: Jan 26, 2019

  • Duncan - a great guy who always made time for lunch when attending his practice in FB. He also enjoyed sharing hunting and fishing experiences with a passion as well as his many adventures of travelling abroad. See you later Saturday for a final Salud. :) - Posted by: Zagrodnik family (close friends and shared God parents ) on: Jan 26, 2019

  • I thank Mr. Duncan Geisler for handling my land purchases and sales. He had a wonderful command of the English language. He was most meticulous in the handling of such transactions and always provided a humourous anecdotal comment for each transaction. It is wonderful his son is taking over his law practice. My condolences to his wife, children, grandchildren as well as his surviving siblings. Alan Thomson - Posted by: Alan Thomson (Customer and friend) on: Jan 25, 2019

  • Sorry to lose a friend and a business connection, Duncan was a very perceptive lawyer. I am third generation Conan doing business with Duncan and he never let us down. My sincerest condolences to his family, he will be missed, our prayers are with you. - Posted by: Joe Conan (Friend) on: Jan 24, 2019

  • Prayers to Nettie and the Geisler family. Garry had lots of fun growing up with Duncan including Marne high!! Had lots of memories hunting, fishing and working in Northern Manitoba. My favorite memory was when we decided to travel 45 days from Ashern to Acapulco, Mexico. We will truly miss him. He was a great friend. - Posted by: Garry & Darlene Russell (Friend) on: Jan 24, 2019

  • Ma chère Lise et famille je suis tellement désolée de la mort de ce cher homme que tu avais dans ta vie; je suis tellement triste pour toi et ta famille! My deepest sympathy to all your beautiful family; hoping to make it for the funeral if the weather is O.K. I really want to meet all your children; for now I only know Paul and he's a wonderful, considerate person just like mom and dad! Hope you're all O.K. I really think he was still working that's why l am so shocked; l just found out today! - Posted by: Louise Meilleur (Friend ) on: Jan 23, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of Duncan’s passing, I know he will be missed. Please let Nettie know that I am thinking of her and your whole family and praying for all of you. With love, Elaine!💕 - Posted by: Elaine Schindle (Friend) on: Jan 23, 2019

  • Sincere condolences to Nettie and the Geisler family. I had lots of fun growing up and going to school and 4-H Calf Club with Duncan. One winter, when we were boys, we roared over to Sleeve Lake on old Olympic ski doos to make our fortune trapping muskrats. Our enterprise only lasted until we ran out of Nettie's delicious homemade bread sandwiches, and freezing cold, we returned home. Will really miss you old friend. - Posted by: Rob Schwartz (friend) on: Jan 23, 2019

  • He was a down to earth person. Always so pleasant to deal with. Never rushed. Compassionate and caring. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family during this very difficult time. - Posted by: Sharon Melnychuk (client) on: Jan 23, 2019

  • A fine man I was privileged to have Duncan run as part of my team. He was dedicated to enhancing the lives of Manitobans and Canadians. His love of his community, province and country was second only to his love and pride in his family. To Lise and those who loved him I hope the wonderful memories will help to ease your pain. I can’t join you on the 26th but will think of all of you and will make a toast to a special man. Sharon Carstairs PC CM - Posted by: Sharon Carstairs (Friend) on: Jan 23, 2019

  • My condolences to Lise, her children and Nettie, Dennis, Shelley and Sandra and their families. I remember Duncan so fondly as he was unpredictable in his own ways. My late husband Ross and I had a hot tub towards the back of our place and I recall one late night I heard some water being ‘disturbed’ and someone singing. I looked at the clock and it was about 1:30 am. We got up and went to look out the window and there was Duncan enjoying a soak, lights on in the tub and he was just singing away looking up at the stars. We previously did tell him to come and use the hot tub whenever he felt like it. We always enjoyed his company as it was never a dull moment when Duncan was around. He indeed is leaving a multi-talented legacy for his children and grandchildren to treasure in their hearts. God bless and keep you safely and may Duncan rest in peace as he truly deserves it. Margaret, Jason & Jerilee - Posted by: Margaret Pollock (Friend ) on: Jan 23, 2019

  • I was saddened to learn of Duncan's passing. Duncan was a loyal and committed supported of the Liberal Party over the years. He was dedicated to his community and worked hard to make it better. Duncan will be missed by Liberals in the Interlake and throughout the Province. On behalf of the Party, I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Lise and members of the Geisler family. - Posted by: David Johnson, Executive Director of the Liberal Party of Canada in Manitoba (Friend) on: Jan 23, 2019

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