C.W. Caldwell "Bill" Giger, 91, of Slater, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at his son's home in Rolla.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Slater. Rev. Robert Sisney will officiate. Bethany Weiker, organist, will play "On Eagles Wings" and "The Old Rugged Cross." Burial with military honors will be in Slater City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Alexander Giger, Andrew Giger, Paul Alberson, Tom Monnig, Bob Sellmeyer and Michael Giger. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Giger Family Scholarship Fund at Slater Public Schools or SHAPES.
Born July 3, 1918, in Slater, he was the son of the late John M. Giger Sr. and Luella Gray Giger. On Feb. 21, 1945, in Dothan, Ala., he married Ruth I. Sellmeyer, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 19, 2004.
Giger was a member of First Baptist Church in Slater. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post 78 and V.F.W. Post 4367, both in Slater. He was very proud of his veteran status and was a participant in the first group from Slater and Saline County in the Show-Me Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2008. He and his wife, along with their son, Tom, owned and operated Giger Hardware-Furniture-Appliances in downtown Slater for 57 years, until his retirement. He was a longtime member of Slater Development Board. He had been a member of Slater Rotary and Slater Chamber of Commerce. He served on both Slater City Council and Slater Public School board. He was an avid Mizzou football fan and held the same football tickets for 62 seasons. He will be missed but fondly remembered, especially by the coffee table group at City Pharmacy.
He is survived by a son, Jerry Giger and his wife, Linda, of Rolla; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Monnig and her husband, Tom, of Slater; a sister, Dorothy Cook of Marshall; two grandsons, Alexander and Andrew Giger, both of Rolla; two granddaughters, Carla Makalima and her husband, Malusi, of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Kimberly Alberson and her husband, Paul, of Marshall; a brother-in-law, Robert Sellmeyer and his wife, Lois, of Slater; a sister-in-law, Linda Page of Slater; and a very dear friend, Etta Lane of Roanoke, Va. He was preceded in death by a son, Tom Giger, in 2002, and four brothers, Earl B. Giger, Dolphus Giger, Sherman Giger and John M. "Fritz" Giger Jr.
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