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Willard Giese Sr., 90, Wyocena

December 8, 2018 GMT

Willard W. Giese Sr., 90, of Wyocena, formerly of Baraboo, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, Madison.

Willard was born March 1, 1928, on the Giese homestead in the township of Honeycreek in Sauk County, the son of Albert and Elsa (Mueller) Giese.

Willard served time in the Army from 1951-1953 specializing in demolition while stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was honorably discharged and returned home and began farming. He owned a tavern, Pat’s Place, just south of Baraboo, was also a union carpenter and then owned his own construction business, Giz-Kan Construction, for the majority of his working career. Willard was an accomplished craftsman with the ability to fix anything and passed on his skills and work ethic to all of his sons. In his later years, he lived with his son, “Bill” Willard Jr. and family. He enjoyed working on their farm every day until age 87 when he entered an assisted living facility. He also looked forward to going to Ho-Chunk Casino with his sister Savera.

Willard is survived by brother, Rodney Giese; sisters, Myrtle Wyttenbach, and Savera Marquart; sons, Willard Jr. (Becky) Giese, Jeff Giese, Farley (Serena) Haase; daughters, Lisa (Jim) Bates and Sally (Joe) Gallicchio; stepsons, Kim (Peggy) Kannenberg, John (Wendy) Kannenberg, Matt Kannenberg, Edward R. (Brenda) Kannenberg; numerous nieces, nephews; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and special friends, Gina and Jim Gray.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Milton, Orville, Ivan, and Dean Giese; sisters, Violet Walluks, Olive Kidd, Doreen Barrow; infant son, Orville; and granddaughter Pam Sibiga.

A private celebration of his life with family and friends is being planned per his wishes.

The family would like to thank St. Mary’s for the compassionate care in his final hours and Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena for the wonderful care and friendships he made with staff members and residents in the past three years.

The Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Wisconsin Dells assisted the family with arrangements. For online condolences and information, visit pichafuneralhome.com.