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P.O. Box 406, 165 W. Oak St.
HARRISON, MI 48625
Phone: (989) 539-7810
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Willard Gieske

Willard Arthur "Bill" Gieske

Tuesday, August 10th, 1926 - Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
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Dan Ansbaugh

Posted at 02:20pm
I first met my Uncle Bill in 1958. He was 6'6'' and I was 3' at best. When he picked me up and put my head to the ceiling, that was one of those moments you never forget.
Bill was raised in Manchester, Michigan, on the family farm. He was the youngest of several siblings and certainly the tallest. Soon after high school he found himself on a troop carrier headed for Japan in the midst of WWII. Fortunately the war ended before he arrived and he spent several weeks in Hawaii, a place is was always fond of. After the war, Bill made several trips out west to visit his sister Ruby and her family. He loved Idaho and Washington State and most likely would have moved out west if not for the calling to be back home. Bill's parents were aging, him being the youngest without a family of his own, he answered the call by taking care of them for the remainder of their lives.
To my knowledge, Bill spent the majority of his working career in the timber business walking the forests as an estimator. He was very active and well respected in local veterans organizations, serving on the color guard for several years.
After 1958, I only saw my Uncle Bill maybe 6 times, but had many many chats on the phone. After my mother Ruby (his sister) passed 20 years ago, Bill made a monthly if not weekly habit of checking in. He was a gentle giant with an amazing memory, his kindness and detailed stories will be missed. RIP my favorite Uncle, say hi to mom and dad.
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