Elwyn C. Gieske, age 92, of Norvell Township, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at his home under the loving care of his family and Great Lakes Caring Hospice. Elwyn is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Myrtle E.; four children, Edwin L. (Kim) Gieske, Carol L. Gieske, Susan M. Vogt and Edward C. (Linda) Gieske; 11 grandchildren, Piper, Nick, Kris, Brock, Danielle, Angie, Heather, Stacey, Stephanie, Bruer, and Briiah; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was born at Sharon Township to parents, Clarence and Mana (Frey) Gieske and they preceded him in death as well as his brother, Donald Gieske. Elwyn retired from Ford Motor Co. after 31 years of service, working at plants in Sharon Hollow, Brooklyn, Manchester, Ypsilanti and Saline. During his tenure there, he was the recipient of the much honored citizenship award. He then worked several years for Patience-Montgomery Funeral Home. Known to many as the mayor of Norvell, Elwyn held positions as township supervisor and clerk. He was a former Boy Scout leader and was a life member (69 years) and past master of Napoleon Masonic Lodge #301. He was a lifelong member of the Norvell Community Baptist Church and was on its board of trustees for more than 56 years.
A memorial service will be held at the church Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ned Bernstein officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Friday evening from 6 to 8 pm with a masonic memorial at 7:30 p.m.
For those who wish, contributions in Elwyn’s memory may be given to the Norvell Community Baptist Church, P.O. Box 186, Norvell, MI 49263. Cremation arrangements under the care of Arthur-Day Funeral Home, Michigan Center. www.arthur-day.com
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