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Glen Arthur Gierke dies at 89

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Glen Arthur Gierke, of Alamo, Calif., formerly of Chesterton, passed away May 25, 2009.

He was born January 11, 1920 in Chicago.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; his sons, Jonathan (Helen), David, Christopher (Annette); daughter, Gina Hidahl; step-son, Greg Comstock; step-daughter, Cynthia Hasselman (Bob); grandson, Cale Hidahl; granddaughter, Libby Hidahl and granddaughters, Taylor and Jordan Gierke.

Surviving also are brothers, Leon “Bud” (Trudy) and Duane (Jackie). He is also survived by five step-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A brother, Owen pre-deceased him in 2004.

Glen, a Chesterton High School graduate, class of 1938, starred on the basketball team and acted in musical productions. He attended Valparaiso University on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a B.A. degree in 1948 with a double major in English and Physical Education and a minor in Biology.

While at Valparaiso University, he played on what was billed as the “World’s Tallest Basketball Team” in 1944-45, along with CHS star of 1935, Bob Dille. He taught at CHS before moving to California, where he continued teaching and coaching. He was active in his church ministries.

Memorial service took place at Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville, Calif. At the family’s request, donations can be made in his name to the church at the above address.



Posted 6/19/2009