John M. Giess
unknown - June 27, 2012
John M. Giess, 87, of Skaneateles died Sunday, May 27, 2012. Born in Celoron, N.Y. (near Jamestown), he was the son of the late John and Beulah Giess. At 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in the Pacific. During his time in the Marines he received the Navy and Marine Corps medal for rescuing a U.S. Marine Corps patrol. It was the same medal that President John F. Kennedy received for the PT109 boat rescue. After the war John started his college education at Syracuse University College of Forestry. He later transferred to the School of Education, graduating in 1950. John started teaching at Skaneateles Central School in 1950, teaching general science and chemistry. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Katherine “Millie” Lawton, a social studies teacher. In 1954 John became assistant principal at the high school and later became principal of the High School. John retired from Skaneateles High School in 1985. He and his wife have enjoyed many winters in Florida and traveling in their motor home. John was a very active sportsman enjoying hunting, camping and skiing. He was especially fond of his deer hunting group and his morning breakfast club.
John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Millie, three children, Jacqueline DeBagio of Auburn, Penny McDonnell (Paul) of Ballston Lake, and Michael Giess (Christine) of Victor, N.Y., and eight, grandchildren Brandon, Ryan, Tyler, Dylan, Danielle, Jenna, Jacob and Collin.
Services were held May 31 at the Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, 49 Jordan St. Skaneateles. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Skaneateles. Contributions may be made to Skaneateles Central School Education Foundation. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com.