Norman “Tom” Eugene Gieke, age 81, of Jackson, Ohio passed away peacefully on Monday, October 18th, 2021. He was born April 24th, 1940, to the late Frank and Kathleen (Nance) Gieke.
Tom had his first date with Carol Fulk at the 1962 Jackson County Apple Festival. The two were married on December 1st, 1962, and together had two children, Lisa and Scott, and also raised their granddaughter, Andrea.
He was a hardworking, generous, loving and at times stubborn man. He wasn’t afraid to tell it like it was. He enjoyed being with his family and friends and playing with his grandchildren, or his “boys,” as he called them. When he was younger, he enjoyed drag racing, going to the races with friends and his granddaughter, Andrea. He also enjoyed working on cars, mowing the grass and watching westerns, true crimes and the races. Sitting on the porch visiting family and friends, listening to George Jones and talking on the phone with friends and family were also things he enjoyed.
Tom worked several jobs over his lifetime. He worked on Lang’s Farm in Wheelersburg, drove a coal truck and ran a dozer for Bellevue, did other dozer work, worked on cars in his garage and hauled gravel with his dump truck.
He is survived by his wife, Carol (Fulk) Gieke; his children: Lisa and Scott Gieke; granddaughter whom he raised, Andrea (Michael) Martin; granddaughter, Ashley McCoy; great-grandchildren: Michael, Nevaeh and Kendall; sister, Fern Eggers; good friends: Rick and Shirley Adkins; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings: Bill, Zona, Judy, Linda, Joyce and Roger.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Oak Hill. Funeral Services will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Stan Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Monroe Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses. Online condolences may be sent to www.lewisgillum.com