Pvt. Robert R. Geesa, aged 19, of Springfield, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. R. Y. Gibson of this city, died Monday, September 3rd, at Spokane, Wash., when he was overcome by cyanide gas. He had been stationed at the Baxter general hospital, and was unable to find sleeping accommodations during a week end trip to Spokane, so he entered a vacant house to spend the night. The house had just been fumigated with cyanide gas, and workers coming to clear the house found the youth's body.
The young man had served in both the army and navy. He enlisted at the beginning of the war, in the navy, and after two years' service received a medical discharge. He then sought and obtained enlistment in the army.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Geesa, and brother, Gilbert, of Springfield; grandparents, Mr. and Mr. R. Y. Gibson, an aunt, Mrs. Russell Points, and an uncle, Rea Gibson, all of Waverly.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Ellinger and Kunz funeral home in Springfield, and at 3 o'clock at Union Baptist church, at Pisgah. Burial was in Union cemetery.