David Sidney Giese

REED CITY — David Sidney Giese, 84, was called home to his eternal rest on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Feb. 10, 1929, on the family farm to William and Esther (Lundborg) Giese. He was baptized on March 10, 1929, and confirmed on May 2, 1945, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Reed City. David married Marjorie Haberstock on June 27, 1964, in Churchbridge, Saskatchewan, Canada.

A lover of the land, David worked on the family farm throughout his life. In his teens and early twenties, he worked setting pins at the local bowling alley, drove a school bus for Trinity Lutheran School and was a roughneck on the oil rigs. He spent the majority of his career as a machinist at Gardner Denver and Reed City Tool and Die. Following an early retirement, he worked as a custodian at Trinity Lutheran School, KMart and Reed City Public Schools and was a greens keeper at Spring Hill Golf Course. In his later years, he bagged groceries at local grocery stores where he loved to chat with the customers.

Acts of service to his Lord and the Christian community of Trinity Lutheran included serving as elder, church council member, singing in the choir, ushering, chauffeur, potato peeler and all-around general teaser. He was probably most famous for his role as “key master” and being a warm-welcoming greeter to everyone he met.

David’s love of nature carried over to a passion for bird watching and building birdhouses, but he did not like blue jays!

Preceding David into glory were his father, William; mother, Esther; brother, Dennis Giese; and sisters, Amaryllis (Giese) Schlintz and Sylvia (Giese) Gilby;

Remaining on this side of heaven are his beautiful wife, Marjorie; his children, Kim (Joel) Iverson, Kent (Deanne Upson) Giese, Pam (Tim) Lichtenstein, Tami (Allan) Joseph, Keith (Dawn) Giese and Jennifer (Brian) Nowicki; and 15 grandchildren; brothers, Ivan (Bonnie) Giese, Elmer Giese and Edgar (Karen) Giese; and sisters, Geraldine (Harry) Tomaczewski, Serene (Henry) Loppnow and Janet (Wendall) McIntosh.

Visitation was held at Trinity Lutheran Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 and again from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 with the funeral services immediately following. Memorials in his name may be made out to the Trinity Lutheran Building Fund.

An online obituary may be viewed and condolences offered at www.pruittlivingston.com.