Monday, June 24, 2019


May 14, 1949—April 8, 2019

   CAMP DOUGLAS - Arvid "Red" Allan Georgeson, age 69, of rural Camp Douglas, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the VA Medical Center, Tomah, Wis.

   Arvid, the son of Elmer and Edna (Frei) Georgeson, was born on May 14, 1949, in Mauston, Wis. He graduated from Tomah High School in 1967 and proudly served in the United States Navy from 1968 to 1972. When recalling his military service, Arvid always explained that he was “naval air,” working with aircraft, not part of ships’ company, which he called “black shoes.” Following his military service, he returned home, but sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car-motorcycle crash. As a result, Arvid never married. He dedicated his life to helping his parents, both on the family farm and on his dad’s custom lumber sawmill. Farmers and customers everywhere often commented on what a hard worker Arvid was, despite his limitations. Prior to the accident, Arvid was an avid softball player, excellent as either a shortstop or second baseman. Following the accident, he remained an ardent motorcycle enthusiastic and a precision reloader of ammunition, knowledgeable in the various types, weights, and velocities of many kinds of hunting ammunition.

   He was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church, attending Sunday School and worship service each Sunday. He was in his usual pew the day before his death. For 32 years, Arvid acted in Bethel’s annual Easter “Passion Play,” portraying a thief on the cross, crucified with Christ. His iconic line began, “Doest thou not fear God?” Knowing that he is a sinful man, worthy of death, the thief asks Christ to remember him when Christ’s kingdom comes. The scene ends with Christ saying to Arvid, “This day, thou shall be with me in paradise.” The scene was true for Arvid. At a very young age, he knew the truth of his sinfulness and that Jesus was the one he needed, as we all do. Based on that faith in his Savior, our Lord kept his promise and today Arvid is with his heavenly father.

   He is survived by his parents, Elmer and Edna Georgeson of rural Camp Douglas; two sisters, Imogene (Brasic) and Bob Gutsche, Susan (Gary) Ludeking of Tomah; his brother, Kenneth (Sherry) Georgeson of Camp Douglas; seven nieces and nephews, Mathew (Gerlyn) Brasic of Bangor, James (Erica) Brasic of Fremont, Ohio, Robert (Ted) (Carolina) Gutsche Jr. of Lancaster, England, Luke (Stephany) Georgeson, Cassie (Vern) Stayton of Camp Douglas, Thad (Cody) Ludeking, Amanda (Tony) Newcomb of Tomah; 18 great-nieces and nephews; a family friend, Teri Lear; as well as many other friends and loving relatives.

   He was preceded in death by a nephew, Joshua John Georgeson.

   A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church, N9498 33rd Ln, Camp Douglas. Pastor Ronald Davidson will officiate. Burial will be at the Camp Douglas Cemetery.

   Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the Bethel Baptist Church.

   The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

   Online condolences may be sent

Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
Fax Number: (608) 269-6876


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