James Raymond Giessel, 64, Nevada, MO, passed away on Tuesday night, January 1, 2013, at his home in Nevada following a brief illness. He was born April 1, 1948, in Great Bend, KS, to Leo L. Giessel and Wilhelmina B. Strecker Giessel. He married Deanna L. Myers on July 17, 1970, in Dallas, TX, and she survives of the home.
Jim was raised in Ness City, KS, and graduated from Ness City High School in 1966. He later graduated from St. Benedict's College in 1970. Jim came to Nevada in 1982. He began working at 3-M Company where he worked for 18 years until his retirement in 2009. Jim was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus of St. Mary's. He was an avid trout fisherman and outdoorsman.
Survivors in addition to his wife Deanna include four daughters, Stephanie Purvis and her husband Troy, Blue Springs, MO, Jennifer Branch and her husband Troy, Lee's Summit, MO, Julie Heathman and her husband Joe, Nevada, and Rebecca Adams and her husband Ryan, Springfield, MO; 10 grandchildren, Natalie, Andrew, Madeline, Alexandra, Tylin, Abbey, Ivy, Ella, Sydney, and Morgan; four sisters, Marlene Risley and her husband Jon, Dighton, KS, Marietta Wendler, Shawnee, KS, Carol Bain and her husband Craig, Ness City, KS, and Donna Goetz and her husband Ron, Hoisington, KS; two sisters-in-law, Frances Lehane, Oak Grove, MO and Mary O'Neill and her husband Jim, Blue Springs, MO; two brothers-in-law, Laurence Harkness, Dayton, OH and Martin Myers and his wife Bonnie, Warrensburg, MO, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Lester; two brothers-in-law, Alan Wendler and Mike Lehane; one sister-in-law, Karen Harkness, and also his mother-in-law and father-in-law.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nevada, with Rev. Terrence A. Baum, S. J. celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Nevada. The family will receive friends at 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rosary following at 7:30 p.m.
Those who wish may contribute to the Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO.
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