Chaput Buoy Funeral Home
Mel Giersch, age 61 of Concordia, died Fri., Nov. 8, 2013 at his home in Concordia after a valiant fight against cancer.
He was born on Jan. 21, 1952 in Salina, KS to Melvin & Florence (Burge) Giersch.
Mel graduated from Salina Central High School in 1970 and KSU-Salina in 1973. He married Joyce Keim in Dec. 1973. He moved to Concordia in 1976. He later married Barbara Baker on Oct. 13, 1978 in Concordia. She preceded him in death on April 4, 2006. He later married Janet (Graham) Morgan on Aug. 9, 2008 in Concordia.
Mel began working at Rite Way Laundry in 1985 and purchased this business on July 1, 1998 and later renamed it NCK Commercial Laundry. He purchased the 16th St. Carwash in 2000 and recently the carwash at 5th & Broadway.
Mel was an avid sports fan, especially KU & K-State. Mel loved to hunt, especially big game hunting, archery deer hunting, but loved to coyote hunt with his dogs the most. Mel thoroughly enjoyed breeding, training, hunting and generally working with his greyhounds. Mel also loved to pass the time between hunting seasons, fishing at lakes & ponds.
He coached his kids baseball, softball & basketball teams while sponsoring a local baseball team. Mel was a member of the NRA, KS State Rifle Assoc., Lake Bucannon Assoc., Glen Elder Lake Assoc., Moose Lodge #1428, American Legion Post #76, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Heartland Car Wash Assoc., US Chamber of Commerce, Concordia Chamber of Commerce, CCCC T-Bird Club, Sponsor of Pheasants Forever & National Wild Turkey Federation.
He is survived by:
Sons: Shannon & wife Jennifer & Chad & wife Missy, all of Concordia Daughter: Kristie Zimmerman & hus. Darrell, Englewood, CO
Sisters: Karen Smith & hus. Floyd, Tawas City, MI & Lisa Marietta & hus. Jim, Oskaloosa, KS
Stepsons: Jeff Morgan & wife Amanda, Concordia & Jeret Morgan, Highlands Ranch, CO
Step daughter: Charla Henry & hus. Brett, Manhattan
Mother: Florence Giersch, Concordia
Grandchildren: Shelby, Shaelin & Evan Giersch
Step grandchildren: Paige & Preston Nelson, Kaycie Henry & Kiersten & Sean Morgan & Mackenzie, Ashley & Samantha Bartlett
Aunt: Dorothy Giersch, Basehor
Sister in law: Pat Breault & hus. Isadore, Grand Island, NE
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; his father, Melvin Giersch & uncle, Verlin Giersch.
It was Mels wishes to be cremated and Memorial services will be held at 10:30 am, Thurs., Nov. 14, 2013 at the First Christian Church, Concordia with Pastor Jeff Nielsen officiating.
Friends may sign the register book from 9 am to 9 pm with the family greeting friends from 7-9 pm on Wed., Nov. 13, 2013 at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to American Legion Post #76 or NWTF-Jakes Youth Program for a lifetime hunting license in care of the funeral home.
For online condolences, please visit www.chaputbuoy.com.
Funeral Home Info: Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, 325 W. 6th St., PO Box 606, Concordia, KS 66901. Phone (785)243-2121; Fax (785)243-2654; email: firstname.lastname@example.org