Sylvester M. Giesler, 95, Jasper

Sylvester M. Giesler, 95, of Jasper, died Thursday, January 10, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Jasper June 5, 1923, to Leander and Rosa (Dick) Giesler. He married Irene Theising November 8, 1948, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville.

Sylvester was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He served as an aerial gunner in World War II and was awarded the Air Medal. He was a member of VFW Post 673 in Jasper. He worked as a mechanic for Alvin C. Ruxer Ford in Jasper and retired from Jasper Engines and Transmissions. He taught a mechanics class for women at Vincennes University Jasper and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He enjoyed gardening, playing softball, watching his children and grandchildren competing in sports, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

He is survived by his wife, Irene R. Giesler; two daughters, Martha Wehr, Jasper, and Mary Witte and husband Michael, Zionsville; seven sons, Kenneth Giesler and wife Sarah, Haysville, Richard Giesler and wife Lois, Stanley Giesler and wife Nancy, Gary Giesler and wife Kris, and Jeffrey Giesler and wife Angie, all of Jasper, Ronald Giesler and wife Karla, Evansville, and Paul Giesler and wife Jamie, Ferdinand; 21 grandchildren,  16 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Leona Knust (Reynold), Ferdinand, and Sr. Mildred Giesler, St. Mary of the Woods.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one grandchild, Kale Giesler, one son-in-law, Richard Wehr, four sisters, Ardella Heim, Florence Neuhoff, Mary Ann Uebelhor, and Viola Schroeder, and four brothers, Edward, Herman, Robert, and Arnold Giesler.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdau at the church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

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