Obituary: Richard Eugene Gielda
Richard (Rich) Eugene Gielda was called home to our Father in heaven to continue to praise Him with our saints and to spend eternity with his wife Jan on Jan. 18, 2014.
Rich was a loving husband, exemplary role model of a father, incredibly humorous grandfather, a proud and loving great-grandfather, and an attentive faithful friend.
Rich died after complications during a routine knee replacement surgery.
He is survived by a family who loved him: his sons Scott (Catherine), Steven (Sherry) and Stacy (Liz); daughter Melissa Barry (Michael); and nine grandchildren, Katie Elmer, Chrissa Dockendorf (Stephen), Andrew Dwarshuis (Amy), Kayla Gielda, Jenna Wiley, Steven Wiley, Chase Gielda, CJ Wiley and Madison Gielda. He was also blessed with nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Jim; sister Carlene Witucki; and many nieces, nephews and friends he called family.
Rich lived his life to the service of his family, friends and his community. He served his country in the USAF for 20 years and then went to work for the U.S. government and retired after finishing his career working for a government contractor. In 2003, Rich and Jan moved to Prescott Valley, Ariz., where they both became active in their church and community. After Jan's death, Rich kept the promise of taking his grandkids on special vacations. In 2010, he took his three teenage granddaughters to South America for vacation, and in the summer of 2011, he took three of his grandsons on a cross-country trip, which included a trip to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Rich's infectious smile was something that many will remember. His warm eyes and desire to make you smile gave everyone a peek into his heart.
A celebration of Rich's life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Lee Funeral Home in Owings, Md. The memorial mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 28, 2014, at The Covenant Community of Jesus the Good Shepherd in Owings. Internment to follow in Clinton, Md., at Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Rich would appreciate a donation to the Saint Germaine Building Fund, as he was working hard to support the expansion of his church. Please mail your donations to Saint Germaine Catholic Church, 7997 East Dana Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.
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