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1932 Robert 2022

Robert Lee Gieswein

January 14, 1932 — November 18, 2022




Robert's life began on January 14, 1932, in rural Wilsey. He is the son of Jake and Mary (Kuddes) Gieswein. Robert (Bob) was a graduate of Wilsey High School. Bob served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War from May 1954 until March 1956, spending most his service in Korea. He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Bonnie Lee Hertlein on June 22, 1952.

Bob was a farmer and truck driver, but his greatest passion was the fabrication business he started at age 65. He designed and built "the gate grabber" and other equipment used by farmers and ranchers.  He operated his business until he was 80 years old. Bob gradually lost his eyesight and was no longer able to weld, but that didn't stop him from his favorite past time. He loved mowing and keeping his 4-acre yard in shape. He continued to mow until the day before he fell and broke his hip. He was almost blind, but he knew where everything was and still did a great job, other than having to replace several garden hoses.

Bob's greatest joy in life was being around friends and family. His best times were spending as much time with all his grandkids and great grandkids. He will be very missed by his wife Bonnie of 70 years, and his children Benton (Lucille) Gieswein of Maine, Martin (Suzette) Gieswein of Wyoming, Calvin Gieswein of Wilsey, and Marci Gieswein of Delavan. He will also be missed by his 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. 

Bob left this world to be with our Lord Jesus Christ. He died at his farm surrounded by family on November 18, 2022. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Floyd, Edgar, John, and Dorothy. 

His family and friends will gather on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 10:00am at the Wilsey Christian Church with Pastor Clarence Sumner leading the service. Sawyer Chapel in Council Grove is serving the family. Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project in care of Sawyer Funeral Home, P.O. box 273 Council Grove, KS 66846. Please sign his online guestbook and a leave a memory of Bob at
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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Wilsey Christian Church

215 N 3rd St, Wilsey, KS 66873

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