Harry E. “Hal” Gieseking

January 24, 1932 - February 19, 2018
Harry E. “Hal” Gieseking

Harry (Hal) E. Gieseking died February 19, 2018.  He was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 24, 1932 to the late Harry and Mabel Mann Gieseking.

He is survived by: his wife, Margaret Nichols Geiseking; a step-daughter, Peggy and husband Craig Christensen of Monument, Co.; step-daughter Beth and husband Brian Engler of Hockessin DE; step-son John and wife Melissa Mills of Sterling, VA and eight step-grandchildren: Curran and Bryce Christensen, Rebecca, Kaitlyn and Calvin Engler, and Christian, Camryn and Cathryn Mills. He is also survived by a half nephew Rick Hannick and his wife Marilyn of St. Louis, Mo. and half nephew Jerry Barnowski and his wife Kathy of Arkansas.

He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis.  Hal worked in the Travel Marketing and Travel Journalism field and has authored many books. He was president of the Society of American Travel Writers in 1991 and led the SATW convention in the Bahamas with his usual flair.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice House of Williamsburg 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188 or Respite Care of Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.


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  • February 28, 2018
    Ruby and Harry Conn says:
    We will miss Hal's warm smile and cheerful disposition. We were neighbors for 27 years and often stopped to talk when he and Marge were walking by. We enjoyed many neighborhood parties together over the years. We especially enjoyed their front yard Christmas tree. We are sorry for your loss.

  • February 28, 2018
    Alexis Brown says:
    Sorry you left us so early. We at Trinity leave our condolences.

  • February 28, 2018
    Bernd and Sibilla Dengs says:
    Hal will be missed in our neighborhood. We were neighbors for 27 years. Loved to hear his many travel stories! His contagious smile will be with us for many years to come. RIP Our deepest condolences are with his extended family.

  • March 01, 2018
    Gloria Champine says:
    Marge, I am so sorry for your loss of Hal. When you are able, please give me a call and let me know how I can help.

  • March 01, 2018
    Marjorie Hilkert says:
    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Hal and Marge. Their presence at our Memory Cafe gatherings enriched us all. They will be sorely missed.