Sadly, our Nation, our Army and our Chapter has lost a great man and a true American Patriot.
Chaplain Colonel Wes Geary passed away the evening of 24 February 2016 at his home in Plano TX. Wes was a soldier’s soldier and a deeply committed supporter of our Army and our Army Families. His enthusiasm and loud passionate voice will be missed. Please join us on 5 March 2016 for a memorial service in honor of Wes and his legacy.
The service is at 1000 hrs. – Cav hat and uniform if you have them – come to the event and honor Wes
Trinity Presbyterian Church
5871 Virginia Parkway
McKinney, TX 75071
In lieu of Flowers-Donations to be made to:
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services http://texas.pchas.org/individuals/
Chaplain (COL.) Wesley V. Geary was born in Klondike, TX. His family moved to Pampa, TX in 1943 and he completed high school in Pampa. He is a graduate of Texas College in Tyler, TX and one of the first black graduates of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX.
Wesley served parishes in Texas, Florida, Arkansas, and Oklahoma before joining the U. S. Army Chaplain’s Corps in 1963 as a1LT. He served a tour of duty at Ft. Sill, OK before being assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1966. He served with three Infantry Battalions: 1/18th, 2/18th and 1/28th. After he was wounded the second time he was assigned to Division Headquarters as an Assistant Division Chaplain.
After his combat tour he was assigned as R and R Center Chaplain in Hawaii. His other noteworthy assignments were: Brigade Chaplain, 4th Infantry Division, Ft. Carson; Assistant V Corps Chaplain, Frankfort, Germany; Staff and Faculty, U. S. Army Chaplain’s School; Division Chaplain, 101st Airborne Division; Command Chaplain Ft. Riley, KS; Command Chaplain, U. S. Forces Korea.8th Army; and Corps Chaplain, III Corps, Ft. Hood.
He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College. Geary’s decorations include : the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star with V-device and two oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, air Medal and Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster.
Since retirement he has been active in religious, military and civic organizations, including pastoring several Presbyterian churches and a United Church of Christ congregation. He was the regional president of AUSA (Association of the United States Army), a leader of in the Kiwanis club and Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He was director of the Samaritan Inn homeless shelter in McKinney, Tx. Chaplain Geary is a retired minister from the C. M. E. Church and lives in Plano, TX with Bobbye Louise, his wife of fifty-eight years. They have two children; Wesley Geary III and Dr. Vanessa Paugh and two grandchildren: AJ, and Genevieve.