Clayton O. Giese

Clayton O. Giese, 91, a resident of Aberdeen for over 60 years, died at his home in Olympia on Sunday, December 16, 2012. He was born in Jeffers, Minnesota on September 20, 1921, the son of Arthur and Tena (Hofner) Giese.

He was raised in Jeffers, Minn. and Chicago, Ill., joining the Army in 1939. After his discharge he married Rose S. Novolich in Chicago on October 20, 1945. They came to Grays Harbor and Clayton worked for a time on the family dairy farm on the Westport Highway. He then started work at Grays Harbor Paper in 1951 and retired in 1986. His wife of 62 years, Rose, died here on May 25, 2007.

Clayton was a member of Grays Harbor Lodge, No. 52, F&AM; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 224, Aberdeen; and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and travelling.

He is survived by a son, Clark and his wife, Janis Giese of Aberdeen; two daughters, Christina and her husband Stan Targus of Olympia and Chloris and her husband Tom Morley of Salem, Ore.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Clayton being the youngest sibling was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

A celebration of his life is being planned for a later time. Inurnment will take place in Fern Hill Cemetery, Aberdeen.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen.