Gordon J. Giesting, 73, Oldenburg, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at his residence.
Born March 9, 1943, in Batesville, he was the son of Opal (Hickman) and Frank Giesting. An over the road truck driver for 32 years, he drove for Perkins, Romweber and Hill-Rom before retiring in 2003. Gordon served in the Army Reserves from 1963-69, was a member of the Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271, Batesville Eagles Aerie 1130 and Holy Family Catholic Church, Oldenburg.
He enjoyed many interests. Gordon was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. A racing fan as well, he attended over 50 Indianapolis 500s and all 27 Brickyard 400s. He wasn't one to pass up a card game, either, playing twice a week with solo, 7-Up and euchre among his favorites. According to his family, Gordon was known for his tall tales and trucker's stories, liked watching sports, taking drives in the country, was always willing to lend a hand to others and through the years developed into a good cook. He had a silly side that leaned heavily toward slapstick comedy and enjoyed watching shows like "The Three Stooges" or movies like "Airplane." What he loved most, though, was being with his grandsons.
He is survived by his wife, Nina, of 50 years; daughter and son-in-law Dena and John Waller, Zionsville; sons Todd Giesting, Oldenburg, and Chad Giesting and his fiancé, Nicole Vitro, Franklin, Tennessee; grandchildren Hank, Conrad and George Waller; Nicole's son, Domenic Vitro; sister Mary Kay Hacker, Batesville; and brother Gary Giesting, Martinsville.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother Rick Bloemer.
Gordon was cremated. Friends may call on the family from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Weigel Funeral Home, with a prayer service being conducted at 4 p.m. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Holy Family Catholic Church with the Rev. David Kobak, OFM, officiating, followed by burial in the church cemetery. There will be no calling at the funeral home Saturday morning prior to funeral services.
The family requests memorials to the Prell-Bland American Legion, Batesville, or Oldenburg First Responders.
Published on January 3, 2017