Miscellaneous Eau Claire County, Wisconsin Obituaries

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Blanche Brice 
Blanche I. Brice, 93, of St. John's Apartments, Eau Claire went to be with her Lord on Thursday, July 15, 1999, at Sacred Heart Hospital. 
Blanche was born May 4, 1906, the daughter of Carl and Amelia (Preston) Burns in Mondovi, WI. She married Hugh W. Brice on October 12, 1925 in St. Paul, Minnesota. 
She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Eau Claire for over 50 years. Blanche was a homemaker and she worked at SM Supply after her husband's death and until her retirement. 
Blanche was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hugh; two sisters, Gladys Baker and Charlotte Berg and an infant brother, Orrin. Blanche is survived by her daughter, Beverly Peterson of Eau Claire, five grandchildren, Judith (Harold) Ritter of Chippewa Falls, James (Nancy) Peterson of Chippewa Falls, Allan Peterson of Eau Claire, Daniel (Dianna) Peterson of Chippewa Falls, Debra (Troy) Koteras of Chippewa Falls, eight great-grandchildren, Heather and Robert Ritter, Elizabeth Peterson, Christopher Peterson, Brice and Shawn Peterson, Benjamin and Keah Koteras; and many other relatives and friends. 
Blanche was a loving and wonderful Christian, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and friend to many. She loved her family, taking care of and arranging flowers, crocheting, baking cookies, visiting with her friends at St. Johns, picnics, boating and being active right up to shortly before her death. We will all miss you grandma-ma! 
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 1999 at First Baptist Church in Eau Claire with Pastor Richard Goins and Pastor Marilyn Marston officiating. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday at Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home in Eau Claire and an hour before the services on Tuesday at the church. Memorials will be given to First Baptist Church in Eau Claire. 

Harvey Salter 
Harvey A. Salter, 85, 310 Garden St. Eau Claire, died Tuesday, August 31, 1999, at M.B. Syverson Lutheran Home.
Harvey was born in Mina, South Dakota, September 17, 1913, the son of Frank and Lucy (Richmond) Salter. He graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School. He served in the Navy during World War II as a Hard Hat Diver and worked on many Navy salvage operations. He married Mabel E. Bandoli at First Baptist Church in Eau Claire, September 22, 1946. Harvey was employed at Uniroyal for 39 years, first in the shipping department and later in supervision.
Harvey was Eau Claire's oldest teenager. He loved sports. He was an avid golfer and had three holes in one, after he retired. He had traveled to Europe five times and played golf at St. Andrew's in Scotland, twice. Harvey and his wife, Mabel, had also enjoyed traveling to Alaska and Hawaii.
Harvey was a member of First Baptist Church in Eau Claire for 53 years. He also was a member of Eau Claire Lodge #112 F. & A.M. Harvey was President of the Roosevelt PTA in the 1950's. He was very active in the Eau Claire YMCA for many years. Harvey was also an active member of Pine Meadow Men's Golf League, until recently.
Survivors include his son, Steve Salter of Naperville, Ill.; his daughter, Karen Salter of Kenosha; five sisters-in-law, Marie Salter, Shirley Salter, Orlaine Salter, Ragna Price and Monica Bandoli, all of Eau Claire. He is further survived by numerous, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; four brothers, John, Dick, Bill and Elliott; and two sisters, Lillian and Vivian.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Eau Claire, with Pastor Arlo Little officiating. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire.
Friends and relatives may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Stokes & Mundt Funeral Chapel in Eau Claire and an hour before services at the church. Masonic services conducted by Eau Claire Lodge #112 F. & A.M. will be at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church in Eau Claire.

Ruth C. Bennett 
Ruth C. Bennett, 92, now rests eternally with her Lord. A resident at Oak Gardens in Altoona since July of 1998, she died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999 at Luther Hospital.
Ruth was born Oct. 7, 1907, the daughter of John and Mary (Bauer) Fuller in Durand, Wis. She married Dove Bennett on June 12, 1935. They lived in the township of Seymour, Eau Claire County until 1993 when they moved into the city of Eau Claire. After the death of her husband, she moved into Oak Gardens in Altoona.
Survivors include two sons, Larry (Juanita) Bennett, Altoona, Wis. and D. Dale (Cheryl) Bennett of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; her brother-in-law, Edward Bennett and his wife Carol; her sister-in-law, Lillian Bennett, all of Eau Claire; two grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dove, in January 1997.
A service of celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20, 1999 at First Baptist Church, 416 Niagara St., Eau Claire, Wis., with Reverend Dave Christner officiating. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery in Eau Claire. Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home and one hour before the services on Monday at the church.

Helen M. Books
Helen M. Books, 97, peacefully passed away at her home on Saturday, December 18, 1999. She had fought valiantly to recover from a broken hip since April of this year.
Helen was born on April 21, 1902, the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Hall) Johnson in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She lived her entire life with the exception of a few months on Eau Claire's northside. Helen recalled fond memories of growing up on the 1500 block of E. Madison Street with Norwegian, Swedish, and Irish Johnson. She and her four sisters were always proud of their Irish heritage.
Helen married Lester Books on September 3, 1932, in Minneapolis, Minn. He preceded her in death on December 21, 1979. She worked at home as secretary for the family business. Her great love was cooking and she looked forward to celebrations with family and friends. She was baptized at St. Edwards Chapel and was a life-long member of Christ Church Cathedral. Helen lived a long and happy life. She will be sadly missed.
Survivors include two sons, Lauren (Eileen) Books of Eau Claire and David Books of Helena, Montana; one daughter, JoAn (Ray) Anderson of Wilmette, Illinois; four grandchildren, Steven (Diane) Books, Thomas (Jill) Books, Lisa Books and Elizabeth Anderson; three great-grandchildren; Kendra, Logan and Hunter Books; nephew, Richard Jaentsch; and several other nieces and nephews.
Helen is also survived by her caregivers, Irene and Myrtle, whose dedicated care allowed her to remain in her home.
A service celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m. December 22, 1999, at Christ Church Cathedral, with The Very Reverend H. Scott Kirby officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Christ Church Cathedral or Northwest Wisconsin Home Care Hospice program.
Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Clyde Best Sr.
Clyde Best Sr., 86, of Altoona, Wisconsin, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2000, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Clyde, son of Walter and Margaret Best, was born July 26, 1914, in Eau Claire County. He married his wife, Alnora, October 26, 1937, in the town of Washington.
Clyde is survived by his wife, Alnora of Altoona, Wisconsin; two sons, Clyde (Debbie) Best of Mondovi, Wisconsin and Walter Best, Saucier, Mississippi; one daughter, Eunice (Arthur) Peterson of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; a brother, Glenn (Ida Mae) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; two sisters, Lilah (Gordon) Mueller of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Betty(Sam) Villarreal of Waukesha, Wisconsin; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son; and four brothers.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 6, 2001, at Smith Funeral Chapel, with visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2001, and one hour prior to services on Saturday. The Reverend Richard Goins will officiate. Interment will be in Rest Haven Gardens in Eau Claire.

Mary Jane Baker
Mary Jane Baker, 80, of 1611 Glades Dr., Altoona, died Nov. 28, 2000, at Dove Healthcare Nursing & Rehabilitation after a long illness.
Mary was born in Eau Claire on June 19, 1920, to Warren James and Elizabeth Ann (Patterson) Melville. She and LaMoine H. Baker were married Sept. 2, 1937. Mary worked several years at Samuelson's Department Store as a clerk. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Eau Claire, for over 50 years and served on many committees and belonged to various groups in the church.
Some of her hobbies included ceramics, art, reading, sewing and playing cards with family and friends. She was an avid letter writer and a loving mother who touched many lives. Her presence will be missed. 
Mary is survived by her husband, LaMoine H. Baker; two sons and five daughters, Mary Ellen (Kolka) Moser (Glenn) of Wilmington, Del., Robert T. Baker (Sally) of Hallie, Joanne R. Ures of Eau Claire, John H. Baker (Wendy) of Eleva, Sue E. Moseley (Carl) of Roswell, Ga., Jane P. Gore (Charles) of Snellville, Ga., and Cynthia J. LaVelle (Daniel) of Eau Claire. Also surviving her are seventeen grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren; plus many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Tobias George Melville.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 416 Niagara St., Eau Claire, with Rev. David Christner and Rev. Richard Goins officiating. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Smith Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
Smith Funeral Chapel is serving the family.

Lowell K. Riley
Lowell K. Riley of Eau Claire died Tuesday, November 29, 2000, at Dove Healthcare Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Lowell was born on October 17, 1918, to Lester and Effie (Roll) Riley. He grew up on the family farm in Glen Flora, Wisconsin, and graduated from Tony High School. As a teenager, he became interested in ham radio and was very proud of his call letters, W9MEO. His interest in radio and knowledge of electronics led him to service in Chicago as a civilian in the Army Signal Corps, followed by several years as radio operator at Northwest Airlines. After 24 years as an electrician at Uniroyal, he retired in October, 1981. He married Adah Fear on August 27, 1949. He became the proud father of two daughters and one son.
Lowell was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Alvin.
He is survived by his wife, Adah; children, Barbara (Tom) Johnson of Menomonie, Wis., Lois Riley of Eau Claire, Wis., and Donald (JoAnn) Riley of Aurora, Missouri; one brother, Dale (Jo) Riley; five grandchildren, Brian and Matt Johnson, and Michael, Kevin and Janice Riley. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lowell was a faithful, active member of First Baptist Church of Eau Claire for 51 years.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2000, at First Baptist Church, with Pastor David Christner officiating. Burial will be private in Oak Grove Cemetery prior to the service on Monday.
Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2000, at Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Eau Claire Amateur Radio Club, the Hospice Program of Northwest Wisconsin Homecare or any charity of the donor's choice.

Joann D. Mathews 
Joann D. Mathews, 68, of Eau Claire died Monday, November 13, 2000, at her home.
Joann was born August 9, 1932, in Greenville, Miss., to Lee Luther and Caroline Elizabeth (Billingsley) Duke. She married Charles B. Mathews, Jr. on May 14, 1954, in Norfolk, Va. Charles B., Jr. died in 1994.
For the past 20 plus years, she worked as a bookkeeper for Parker Filter Division of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, formerly Eau Claire Filter and in customer service at Midelfort Clinic. She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she was active in many committees and activities. She volunteered at Sacred Heart Hospital Gift Shop, Triniteam, Community Table and other numerous volunteer work from 1995, until the present.
She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Barone of Eau Claire; three sons, Robert (Ramona) of Eau Claire, John (Mindy) of Grand Forks, North Dakota and Timothy (Tami) of Colfax; eight grandchildren, Judith (Tim) Maldonado, James Mathews, Jodi, Samantha and John Charles Mathews, Justin and Carmela Barone and Cody Kappus; two sisters, Roberta Stein of Memphis, Tenn., and Ruth Marie (Frank) Mehrhoff of Luling, La; sister-in-law, Edith (Robert) Sisco of Eau Claire; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles B., Jr.; one sister, Caroline Elizabeth Wagner; and three brothers, Lee L. Jr., John Harold and Lawrence.
Funeral services will be Saturday, November 18, 2000, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, with Rev. David Christner officiating. Interment will be in Rest Haven Gardens Cemetery, town of Washington.
Friends may call Friday, November 17, 2000, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Golden Funeral Home, 1405 N. Clairemont Ave.
Golden Funeral Home is serving the family.

Suzanne J. Ganther
Suzanne J. Ganther, 64, of Eau Claire died March 11, 2000 at Luther Hospital.
She was born Oct. 25, 1935, in New York, N.Y., to Marion (Kiraly) and Louis Banyai.
She attended school in Long Island, N.Y., Catawba, Wis., Kennan, Wis., and Phillips, Wis. She graduated from high school in 1954. She then attended the Eau Claire State Teacher’s College and a three-year degree program at Luther Hospital. She was a registered nurse at Luther Hospital and Mt. Washington Nursing Home. She married Gilbert Ganther, Jr. on Dec. 28, 1957.
She was an active member in the Chippewa Valley Ostomy Association, the United Ostomy Association (where she served as the Wisconsin State Representative, North Central Regional Coordinator, and the UOA Board of Directors member). She received the Bob Frye Award in 1989. A necessary complication to her life, kidney dialysis, was administered with loving attention by the people at the Hemodialysis Unit at Luther Hospital. Suzanne was a member of First Baptist Church. She enjoyed needlework, knitting, reading, traveling and plastic canvas.
She is survived by her sons David (Dotty) of Athens, Mich., and Timothy (Fay) of Eau Claire; two granddaughters Danielle and Beth; two grandsons, Benjamin and Samuel; two brothers, Louis (Laurie) of Glenwood City, Wis., and Peter (Jill) of Old Fort, N.C.; three sisters, Mary Jean (James) of Whitefish Bay, Wis., Barbara Brockman, of Dubuque, Iowa, and Bette (Lindsey) Anderson, Grand Island, Neb.; and 13 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Thank you for sharing your peace place.
Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March 13 at Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home, with Pastor Mike Carlson officiating. Friends may call from 5:30 p.m. to the time of services Monday at the funeral home.
The family prefers memorials to the Chippewa Valley Ostomy Association in Suzanne’s memory.

Alvin Reineke
Alvin Henry Reineke, 85, of Eau Claire, passed away Friday, October 26, 2001 at Clairemont Nursing and Rehabilitation, Eau Claire.
He was born June 5, 1916, in Livingston, Wis., to Emil and Lisette (Thoenes) Reineke. He attended Butler School and Hobart Welding School in Madison, Wis.
He married Evelyn Morrison in Thorp, Wis., in April of 1936.
He was a pipefitter, working for Grovold, Healy and Bartingale Mechanical Contractors throughout the state of Wisconsin. He retired in 1979. He was a member of the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters for 56 years. He served on various committees for Local 385.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Eau Claire for 45 years, and served as trustee and Sunday School teacher.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 5 brothers; 5 sisters; several nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn; daughter, Eileen (Lauren) Books of Eau Claire; son, Emil (Lynette) of the Town of Butler, rural Thorp; grandchildren, Steven (Diane), Tom (Jill) and Lisa Books, Erich and Ethan Reineke and Sarah (Travis) Rowen; great-grandchildren, Kendra, Logan and Hunter Books; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Alvin was a hard-working man who dearly loved his family and the out-of-doors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. In retirement he and Evelyn traveled in their RV throughout the United States including Alaska. Alvin grew to adulthood in a family of 11 siblings and always looked forward to family gatherings. He will be deeply missed.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at First Baptist Church, Eau Claire, with Reverend Richard Goins officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Town of Butler Cemetery, Clark County.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the Boy Scouts of America. Prock Funeral home is handling arrangements.

Richard A. Garsow 
Richard A. Garsow, 85, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, passed away quietly at his home with his loving family at his side on Tuesday, February 27, 2001.
Richard A. Garsow was born in West DePere, Wisconsin on January 24, 1916, to Alexander and Ann Garsow. He was the youngest of four children. He moved to the Eau Claire Area in his teenage years. He enlisted in the regular Army in June, 1934, when he was a young man at Forte Meade, South Dakota with the 4th Calvary. In his course of a long and very honorable service, Richard had various assignments in the United States, Korea and Pacific to include the 188th Parachute Infantry, 728th Military Police Battalion, participating in four campaigns in Korea, New Guinea, Branch USDB Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and First Guard Company, United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Richard's awards and decorations included five Bronze Star Medals, Good Conduct Medal and clasp with four loops, American Defense Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. He retired with honors in April, 1960.
Richard married Elaine Hanson in August, 1946, in Canton, Minn. They enjoyed 30 years of marriage. They were blessed with five sons. After living in Poynette, Wisconsin, they moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, until her death in 1976. While living in Kansas, he managed the Fort Drive-In Theatre and retired in 1977. In 1977, Richard married Margaret Barton Anderson, they lived in Eau Claire. They enjoyed 23 years of marriage, which included travel, family and fun.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #305, the American Legion and Moose Lodge Chapter #1408.
Richard is survived by his wife, Margaret; his sister, Elizabeth Anderson; his children, Mike Garsow, Bill (Ann) Garsow, Ron (Mystie) Garsow and Tom Garsow; his step-children, Gordon (Marge) Barton, Ronald (Dorothy) Barton, Joyce (Don) Boese and Peggy (Lee) Bitzer; his grandchildren, Alan Garsow, Ian Garsow, Brandon Garsow, Diane (Mark) Popenhagen, Elaine Garsow, Brian (Jen) Garsow, Brad (Brittny) Garsow, Christine Boese, Dave (Denise) Barton, Doug (Maria) Barton, Tim (Bia) Boese, Jenny (John) Eckardt, Duane (Jennifer) Barton and Diana (John) Olson; his great-grandchildren; Ellie Popenhagen, Victoria Garsow, Kyle and Jared Garsow, Ryan and Justin Barton, Dylan Barton, Danny Boese, EmmaLee, Jacob and Lucas Eckardt, Amanda and Alisha Olson; his two nieces, Joann (Richard) Wassel and Angie (Cecil) Page; and two daughters-in-law, Joan Garsow and Mary Ann Garsow.
Richard was preceded in death by his brothers, Fred and Joseph Garsow; his wife, Elaine Garsow; a son, Edward Garsow; and two grandsons, David and Tim Garsow.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2001, at First Baptist Church, 416 Niagara St., Eau Claire.
There will be no visitation before the service. The family will receive friends following the service at the church..
The family has asked that memorials be addressed to Northwest Wisconsin Homecare Hospice at 2620 Stein Blvd., Eau Claire, WI 54701.
Military honors and burial will take place in Leavenworth, Kansas.
We will miss you dearly!
Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Doris L. McIntyre 
Doris L. McIntyre, 77, of Eau Claire died Sunday, February 18, 2001, at Sacred Heart Hospital.
She was born August 22, 1923, in Knapp, Wisconsin, to Teresa and George Heller. She attended Augusta High School and graduated in 1941. Doris married Gilbert McIntyre on August 15, 1943, and they had 57 beautiful years together. She retired in 1992 from the Physicians Office Building of Sacred Heart Hospital where she was the receptionist for Dr. Jaghlit.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Betty Heller and Helen Troutman; her son, Gary McIntyre; and twins, Robert and Roberta McIntyre.
Doris was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and is survived by her husband, Gilbert; her son, Brent (Karen) of Eau Claire; her two daughters, Sandra (Gordon) Edington of Rhinelander, Wis., and Jill (Jon) Wittman of Howards Grove, Wis.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2001, at Trinity Baptist Church, 3439 Hester Street, Eau Claire, Wis., with Pastor Don Drury officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home and at the church on Thursday one hour prior to the service.
Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Eileen Books 
Eileen Books, 65, died Thursday, May 16, 2002, at her home.
She was born November 27, 1936, in Clark County in the town of Butler to Alvin Reineke and Evelyn (Morrison) Reineke. She attended elementary schools in Nekoosa, Superior, Busy Bee and Butlerville schools in Clark County and junior high at Black School in Eau Claire. She graduated from Eau Claire Senior High in 1954. She received a degree from Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, Minn., and worked as a Lab Technician at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls and the Midelfort Clinic in Eau Claire.
On October 25, 1958, she married Lauren Books at Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal Church in Eau Claire. After raising three children, working while her husband attained a college degree, she entered college herself and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1981. Eileen began her teaching career at the Sunburst School in Neillsville and also taught at Augusta Elementary and Chippewa Falls Elementary. While teaching, she received a Master of Science in Education from UWEC in 1985. She taught for nine years at Eleva-Strum High School and had been retired for two years.
Eileen is survived by her husband, Lauren; a daughter, Lisa Books of Seattle, Wash.; sons, Steve (Diane) Books of Mt. Horeb, Wis., and Tom (Jill) Books and three grandchildren, Kendra, Logan and Hunter of Oakdale, Minn.; her mother, Evelyn Reineke of Eau Claire; her brother, Emil (Lynette) Reineke of the town of Butler; a sister-in-law, Joan (Ray) Anderson of Wilmette, Ill.; a brother-in-law, David Books of Helena, Mont.; nieces and nephews, Sarah (Reineke) Rowan, Elizabeth Anderson, and Erich and Ethan Reineke; many cousins and other relatives and friends also survive Eileen.
She was preceded in death by her father, Alvin Reineke.
Eileen lived life with enthusiasm and energy. She enjoyed her family, her relatives, and her friends in the workplace, church and neighborhood. She was an active 50-year member of First Baptist Church in Eau Claire. She was a member of the Friends of the Chippewa River Trail and enjoyed many outdoor activities. She was a member of the Steering Committee for the Historic Randall Park Neighborhood Association and a tutor for the Literacy Volunteers of America. Eileen was a loving, caring wife, mother, grandmother and teacher. She bravely and courageously fought to overcome the lung cancer that took her life.
A 1 p.m. Memorial Service and luncheon were held today, May 20, 2002, at First Baptist Church in Eau Claire, where a visitation was held at noon.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, Eau Claire, The National Cancer Institute, The American Cancer Society, Friends of the Chippewa Trail or other worthwhile environmental groups.

Paul R. Giles 
3/13/2002 1:32:11 PM
Paul R. Giles, 76, of Eau Claire died Sunday, March 10, 2002, at Luther Hospital after a brief fight with cancer.
Paul was born September 1, 1925, in Eau Claire, the son of William and Orra (Moore) Giles. He graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1944. Paul entered the Army in October 1943 and served his country for 30 months during WWII, including overseas duty in Germany. Following the service, he attended sign painting school and worked as a sign painter. He married Margaret Petersen on May 5, 1950. Paul worked for Wood Motors and was a Charter Pilot and flight instructor for Gibson Aviation. He was Company Pilot and construction supervisor for what is now SDS Architects for 26 years before retirement. He enjoyed fishing, camping, golfing and was also involved in serving the Community Table. Paul was a member of First Baptist Church for 66 years, where he held many offices, singing in the choir for 45 years, as well as Boy Scout Leader.
Paul is survived by his wife, Margaret “Margo”; daughter, Jackie Giles of Eau Claire; son, Reverend Jeffrey (Jennae) Giles of Ashley, N.D.; three grandchildren, Jonathan and Jason Giles of Ashley, N.D., and Katelyn Giles of Eau Claire; brothers, William (Margaret) Giles of Brea, Calif., Gene (Betty) Giles of Eau Claire, and Reverend John “Jack” (Audraine) Giles of Kansas City, Kan.; brother-in-law, Norman Petersen of Spencer, Wis.; many nieces, nephews and friends that have been a special part of his life. His parents and one brother, Robert, preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2002, at First Baptist Church in Eau Claire, with Reverends Richard Goins and Ron Harbold officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the church on Thursday.
Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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