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Craig A. "Poppi" McGeary
October 13, 1967 ~ March 25, 2023 (age 55) 55 Years Old
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Craig A. “Poppi” McGeary, 55, Altoona, died unexpectedly in his family’s home on Saturday. He was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather, “Poppi.” He was born and raised in Altoona, and worked as a local garbage man for 20+ years at Scarangella Disposal. He was a hardworking man that loved his job and was loyal until his last day.
Craig was preceded in death by his father and mother: Jake and Donna McGeary.
He was one of six children and left behind a large family. Surviving are his siblings: Kevin (Lori) McGeary, Lori (Dave) Doran, Karen (Jim) Barry, Kim McGeary (Steve Pierce), and Andy (Beth) McGeary; and many nieces and nephews.
Craig built a family of his own with long time partner of 37 years, Lisa Hellgren. He stepped into the lives of his three daughters, Amber Beeler, Kristen “TT” Beeler, and Megan Beeler at a young age and never looked back. Craig and Lisa later had a son together to complete their family, his only son, Cody McGeary. Craig had six grandchildren: Jordan, Sierra, Brice “Cheese,” Caeson, Savanna, and Omri; and 4 great-grandchildren: Malakai, Paisley, Saje, and Fallon.
Craig was an avid hunter and fisherman. He found peace and joy in nature and always spent his vacations either camping or at the beach with his family and friends. One of the things he enjoyed the most was his “treasure hunting” and all of the cool things he could bring home to his family. He was a Ford man until his last breath; (his father would be proud).
Craig was a simple man, a kind man with a heart of gold. He was a joy to be around and would always try his best to make others happy or feel included. He is loved and will be sorely missed by all of us.
Friends will be received from 5 until the 8 p.m. funeral service Thursday, March 30, 2023, at Leslie E. Axe Funeral Home, 1520 Fourth St., Altoona. Interment will be at Logan Valley Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Craig to Lisa Hellgren, in care of the Leslie E. Axe Funeral Home, 1520 Fourth St. Altoona PA 16601.