Francis Giehl Obituary

Francis Richard Giehl
Francis Richard Giehl
Francis Richard Giehl

September 12, 1923 - October 22, 2011
Born in Metamora, Illinois
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Francis Giehl, 88, died Saturday, October 22, 2011, at home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 26, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Des Moines with Msgr. Robert Chamberlain presiding. Burial will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Francis was born in Metamora, Illinois, September 13, 1923 the son of Otto Giehl and Rose Meismer. He married Geraldine Dietrich and together they raised seven children. He was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Francis was a drafting engineer for Economy Forms Corp. He was a long time volunteer for Boy Scouts of America and the Association of Retarded Citizens of Des Moines. Francis enjoyed camping and gardening. Despite many hardships that he endured, Francis always remained cheerful and maintained a positive outlook.

Francis was preceded in death by three of his children: Charlie, Maureen and Andrew. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Rose Ellen, of Richmond Ca; three sons, Paul of West Burlington; Greg, of Pagosa Springs Co; and Dennis, of Des Moines; and six grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Iles Funeral Homes- Grandview Park Chapel from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with the Rosary to follow at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Association of Retarded Children of Des Moines.


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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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St. Joseph Catholic Church
3300 Easton Boulevard
Des Moines, IA 50317
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
10:30 AM
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3601 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Polk County Association for Retarded Children
4301 NE 14th St.
Des Moines, IA US 50313