John Gies, 91

John Gies, 91, formerly of Jackson Center, died Saturday afternoon, Nov.19, 2011, at Dorothy Love Nursing Home.
He was born April 23, 1920, in Akron, to the late Mildred Fox and Christian Gies, Sr. On Sept. 2, 1939, in Kentucky, he married the former Naomi R. Packer and she preceded him in death on Aug. 12, 1994.
He is survived by two daughters, Marcia Lippert, of Wapakoneta, and M. Beth (Robert) Murphy, of Sidney; six grandchildren, Michelle Lippert, of Wapakoneta, Jodi (Tim) Craddock, of Georgetown, Ind., Rachel (Tim) Rank, of Greenville, Traci (Jim) Koontz, of Sidney, Jesse Murphy, of Sidney and Robert (Mary) Murphy III, of Sidney; six great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Walter Gerkey, of Sidney; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter Crystal Ann Gies; a son John Michael Gies; three sisters, Barbara Meeker, Mildred Hasselbach, and Catherine Gerkey; and four brothers, Henry, Michael, Alexander and Christian Gies, Jr.
John was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Army. He retired from Landmark / Country Mark after 40-plus years of employment. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the Jackson Center VFW and American Legion. John enjoyed bowling and was an avid sports fan. He thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Jackson Center, the Rev. Kent Hollis officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Cemetery in Port Jefferson.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Smith-Eichholtz Funeral Home in Jackson Center or 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at thee church.
Contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or Dorothy Love Nursing Home.
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