John William Gieske, 84, was born on Nov. 8, 1930 in San Francisco. He went to school at Verdugo Hills High School; afterwards he signed up for the National Guard. His unit was ordered to Korea with a stay in Japan as well.
Following his duty in the Army he worked in several businesses in the Los Angeles area, cooking, baking, and/or managing restaurants.
A long time resident of La Crescenta, while managing one of Bob’s Big Boy restaurants, he met his wife Janice Herrick, to whom he was happily married until her passing in May 2013. They had three children: Steven Chester Gieske (Louise), William John Gieske (died within one month of birth) and William James Gieske. He is also survived by his sister Rose-Marlene Gieske, two grandchildren, Kristalyn Schroeder and Rebecca Peluffe, as well as a great grandchild Stephany Schroeder.
He happily spent his days following the sports efforts of his sons (and then later his grandchildren), as well as watching many sports programs on television. His happiest moments were spent with family and friends at home. Friends were always welcome.
He is to be cremated as per his wishes. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name/honor to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Arrangements made by Crippen Mortuary – www.crippenmortuary.com.