Jan. 30, 2019 — Mark Rodgers Geil, 71, of Mapleton, died Dec. 31, 2018.
Mark was born July 29, 1947, in Oregon City, Ore., to John and Grace Marie Geil and grew up in Estacada, Ore.
He served in the United States Army from October 1966 to October 1969.
His service included three tours in Vietnam as a Bridge Specialist.
Upon leaving the U.S. Army, Mark worked many years as a logger and diesel mechanic in both Oregon and Alaska. Then, in the early 2000s, Mark received his Coast Guard Certification as a tug boat engineer, and then Captain certification.
Mark operated tug boats in Alaska’s Inside Passage and the Bering Sea.
Mark, also known as “Red,” “Haywire Red” and “Riptide Red,” was a gifted storyteller. His eyes would dance as he entertained everyone with stories of his life adventures, of which there were many. Mark also loved to hunt, fish, trap and to design and build dwellings.
Mark returned to Mapleton, Ore., in 2012 to live with his caring and loving friends, Johnny and Linda Reeves. Mark was known for his kindness, generosity and charm.
Mark is survived by his daughter, Amber Marie Geil, and her three children; his son, Elijah Gabriel Geil, and his three children; his sisters: Gay Geil Ballard and Georgi Geil Reichner; and brother, Ross Geil.
Mark’s brother, John W. Geil, and his father and mother preceded him in death.
We will greatly miss Mark who was truly a shining star in all our lives.
Should friends desire, we suggest memorial contributions be made to a veteran’s association of your choice.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.