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Jack Kibler Giering, age 70, of Shippenville, passed away early Thursday morning, February 1, 2018 in the Clarion Hospital, following an illness.
Born November 26, 1947 in Oil City, he was the son of Maryne Hiwiller Giering Fye Black of Knox and the late Raymond Kibler Giering.
He attended Clarion-Limestone High School, was a graduate of Clarion University, earned a master’s degree from Michigan State University and was currently working towards his doctorate degree.
Jack taught 4th grade at Keystone Elementary for 12 years and was a SCIS specialist and consultant for a national foundation working with fellow educators to implement critical thinking into their curriculum.
He was an original co-owner of Toby’s Pizza in Knox, now known as The Pizza Shop and was formerly the chairman for the Horsethief Committee.
Jack was the founder of Giering Logging and he and his brother, Earl, were founders of the Horsethief Restaurant.
Many people in the community knew Jack for his love of music. His music career began at an early age by singing in church and continued throughout high school, playing keyboard for the groups, “The Reefers”, “Scarlet Pumpernickel” and “Plants and Racket”.
He was instrumental in the inception of dances at Ross Memorial in Clarion and in recent years completed multiple cd recordings with the legendary Phil Keaggy/John Sferra/Jack Giering Trio along with other colleagues, whose friendships and talents he treasured.
Music was not his only passion. He was a hunter, fisherman and gardener and loved doing drive by drop-offs to family, friends and neighbors, sharing buckets full of sweet corn and garden produce. He spent his summer fishing, providing fish to the Lions Club Fish and Wild Game Dinner, with proceeds benefiting visually impaired children.
Survivors include his wife, the former SammiKay Tilden, whom he married in 1971; one daughter: Melisa L. Siegel and her husband, Kevin, of Marble; grandson Trey Siegel; granddaughter, Erin Siegel and grandson, Jess Siegel; his mother, Maryne Black and step father, Stewart “Ed” Black, of Knox; sister, Jill Miller and husband, Kerry, of Tyrone; nephew, Bryan Miller and nieces, Kellyn Perez and Lauren Fye.
Jack is also survived by his mother-in-law, Ruth Tilden of Three Forks, Montana; two brothers-in-law: Joe Tilden and Steve Tilden; sister-in-law, Terri Nuss; numerous maternal nieces and nephews through his wife’s family in Montana and Idaho and his beloved dogs, Penny, Lola and Bobo.
In addition to his father, Jack was preceded in death by a step-father, Marlin “Doc” Fye and a step-brother, Earl Fye.
Family and friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2018 at the William N. Rupert Mortuary, Inc., 430 Mendenhall Avenue, Knox.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018 in the funeral home with Reverend Dan Myers officiating.
Interment will take place in the St. Michael’s Cemetery in Fryburg.
Memorial contributions may be given in the name of Jack Kibler Geiring to the Clarion Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Clarion, PA 16214 or online at www.clarionhospital.org
Online condolences may be sent to Jack’s family at www.rupertfuneralhomes.com
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