Victor "Gene" Giessler

October 18, 1933 ~ January 20, 2018 (age 84)

Victor “Gene” Giessler 84, of Van Wert, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 20, 2018 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.  He was born October, 18 1933 in Harrison Township to the late Victor A. and Hazel (Markley) Giessler. 

Gene is survived by his wife of 64 years Shirley C. (Shaw) Giessler of Van Wert, OH.  Other survivors include his children, Gina (Mike) Carrier of Van Wert, OH, Pamela Jo (Mike) Staude of Lancaster, Ohio and Gregg (Jane) Giessler of Kaida, OH.  Eight grandchildren, Laura (Anson) Moody, Jenn (Jeff) Farmer, Bethany (Nathan) Clem, Matt (Cherry) Staude, Brian (Jenni) Staude, Eric (Alex) Giessler, Sara (Chad) Pugh, Stacy (Greg) Russo:  Thirteen Greatgrandchildren, Ryan and Landon Moody, Graham and Jonas Farmer, Cora and Everett Clem, Raphael Victor Staude, Macy and Veda Staude, Hazel Giessler, Kayden and Kale Pugh and baby on the way. He is also survived by Sister’s in Law, Joan Giessler and Leah Shaw and several nieces and nephews.

Gene started his career at Gunsett Hardware Company at the age of 18.  He also worked at Pollock Furniture and retired from Marc Hill Furniture.  After retirement he worked at Brickner Funeral Home for several years.

Gene’s family was his pride and joy, he had a passion for sports; especially softball.  He spent much of his life playing and coaching.  He coached youth leagues and men and women’s leagues.  He was a big fan of his Cincinnati Reds and The Ohio State Buckeyes. 

Gene was a very active member of North Union United Methodist Church where he served on numerous boards and committees.  He truly loved his church family and he never knew a stranger.

Gene was preceded in death by his brother, Elmer L. Giessler

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, Ohio.  Also, one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at North Union United Methodist Church, Van Wert, Ohio with Rev. Greg Wack officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, Ohio.

Preferred memorials are to North Union United Methodist Church or Donor’s Choice.

Arrangements are being handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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