Gerald Kenneth Giese, 79
June 26, 1936 — April 18, 2016

Gerald Kenneth Giese, 79 Gerald “Bimel” Kenneth Giese, 79, of Iron Ridge, passed away Monday, April 18, 2016, at his home.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 22, at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iron Ridge, with the Rev. Larry Mose officiating. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m.3 p.m. Friday at St. Matthew’s. Burial will take place at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Iron Ridge.

Gerald was born June 26, 1936, to Reinhold H. and Elsie M. (Schmidt) Giese in Iron Ridge. He was united in marriage to Wilma C. Rosenthal on June 27, 1959, at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in the township of Addison. Gerald was a 1954 graduate of Mayville High School. He was formerly employed by Stellmacher’s Feed Mill in Iron Ridge, as well as the Iron Ridge Co-op and Mayville Engineering Co. Gerald retired in 1996 from John Deere Co. where he was employed for 30 years as a machinist.

Gerald was a lifelong member of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iron Ridge. He was an usher, served on the church council and was a member of the cemetery committee. Gerald was a member of the Iron Ridge Fire Department for 53 years. He was also a member of the Iron Ridge Golden Youth and the Gliding Free Bank Club, where he enjoyed many trips with Wilma. Gerald was a member of the IAM Union 873. He also enjoyed dancing and the Iron Ridge Firemen’s Picnic. Bimel enjoyed doing yard work and cleaning his cars.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Wilma C. Giese of Iron Ridge; his children, Cheryl (James) Schmidt of Iron Ridge, Randy (special friend Lisa Cherti) Giese of Mayville and Kathie (special friend Dave Campbell) Schmidt of Iron Ridge; his brothers-in-law, Duane Lauersdorf, Gerald (Luise) Rosenthal, Eugene (Charlotte) Rosenthal, David (Doris) Rosenthal, Gordon (Pat) Rosenthal and Kenneth (Doris) Rosenthal; his sisters-in-law, Lois Dornacker and Darlene (Conrad) Scheunemann; his grandchildren, Keri Schmidt, Stacy Schmidt, Dustin Schmidt, Ashley (special friend Tyler Mintzlaff) Schmidt, Zachary (Kayla) Reffke, Brittany Schmidt and Miranda Giese; his great-grandchildren, Madison Schmidt, August Homuth, Hayden Schmidt, Hunter Mintzlaff, Kenneth Reffke, Cole Hull and Tegan Brown; and many nieces and nephews, and other close relatives and friends.

Gerald is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Keri in infancy; his sisters, Dorothy (Hurley) Bechert and LuAnn Lauersdorf; and his brother-in-law, Ray Dornacker.

Memorials may be directed to the St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Debt Retirement Fund or a charity of one’s choice.

Koepsell Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com.