DIAMONDHEAD, MISS. – Alfred “Al” Willard Geroux, 83, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, after a brief illness. Al Geroux was born Dec. 24, 1929, in Old Town.
He was predeceased by his parents, Noah and Flora Geroux; sisters, Florence Furlotte, Josephine Miller and June Lajoie; and brothers, Ernest Geroux of Maine, Evan Geroux of New York and Richard Geroux of Arizona. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Burse) Geroux of Diamondhead, Miss.; daughters, Kathi Geroux Jackson and Jerry of Diamondhead, Miss., Karen Geroux of Pass Christian, Miss., Kerry Geroux and Debbie of Hattiesburg, Miss., Kelly Geroux and Cynthia of Bay St. Louis, Miss., and Kris Geroux of Starkville, Miss.; and one brother, Frank and Hilda Geroux of Milford. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Lindsay Glaeser and Wes, Sarah Hightower, Matt Geroux, Jonathon Geroux, and Courtney and Kaley Geroux; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Rebecca Geroux. The Geroux family thanks Gentiva Hospice, and the doctors and nursing staff 4C at Memorial Hospital, Gulfport, Miss., for their care and compassion. Special thanks to Dr. Craig Dawkins.
Mr. Geroux served honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After his military service, he pursued a career as an avionics engineer that spanned 42 years starting in 1954 with Bomark Missile and Space Systems, Bangor. In 1959, he transferred to Orlando, Fla., and started working on the early space programs for Martin Marietta. In 1964, he moved to Pass Christian, Miss., to begin work on the Apollo program for General Electric Co. at the Mississippi Test Facility, now known as the Stennis Space Center. His career continued with Rockwell Space Division and Rockwell Rocketdyne Division during the space shuttle program. He retired from Rocketdyne in 1996. Mr. Geroux was an amateur radio operator – HAM, and proprietor of Geroux’s Television and Radio Repair, Old Town. He was president and coach of Bay St. Louis (Miss.) Little League baseball. After retirement he loved to plan trips and especially enjoyed traveling by train throughout the U.S. and Canada. He enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing and all outdoor activities. He especially cherished the times he spent in the woods with his beloved beagles during many great rabbit hunts.
At his request, services will be private. A gathering of friends and family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Paralyzed Veterans of America, Gulf States Chapter, 15489 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport, MS 39503-2667; or The Gulf Coast Down Syndrome Society, attention Kim Duffy, P.O. Box 654, Gautier, MS 39553. Riemann Family Funeral Home, Kiln Delisle Road, Pass Christian, Miss., is helping with arrangements. Tributes may be offered at www.riemannfamily.com.