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Robert William Giesenhagen
Robert William Giesenhagen, 81 of Grand Island died Friday, March 09, 2012 at Golden Living Center at Lakeview following complications related to Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. Giesenhagen wishes of cremation and no services will be honored.
Mr. Giesenhagen was born September 16, 1930 in Grand Island the son of William and Olivia (Johnson) Giesenhagen.
Survivors of the immediate family include his wife Sandy; two sons and daughter-in-law, Rex Giesenhagen of Gretna and Russ and Sheree Giesenhagen of Grand Island and daughter, Lynn Giesenhagen of Sanford, Florida and his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Maggie Giesenhagen of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Other survivors are grandchildren, John Giesenhagen of Grand Island and Sarah Giesenhagen of California and one great grandson, Rylan Giesenhagen of Grand Island; and one step-son, Bryan Runge of Elba and two step-daughters, Lisa Talley of Woodstock, Georgia and Jennifer and husband Robbie Forrester of Highlands, NC and several step-grandchildren.
Bob grew up in Grand Island and graduated from Grand Island Senior high in 1948. After graduation he worked as a draftsman for the Geer-Maurer Company and Claussen & Sons Construction Companies in Grand Island. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1954. Upon his return home he continued working for Claussen & Sons. In 1962 he created Mid-Plains Construction Company. In 1984 he moved to Fountain Hills, AZ and started a new company RW Inc. Construction. In 1990 he returned to Grand Island where he later retired.
Bob married Helen Banes in December of 1951. The couple had three children, Rex, Russ and Lynn. Bob was preceded in death by Helen in 1989.
He began a loving relationship with Sandra James in 2004. The couple was married in February of 2006 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Grand Island.
Although the construction business was his professional focus, Bob was also active in the community, serving on various boards including banks, the Chamber of Commerce and Fonner Park. He was a lifetime member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church and several community organizations.
Bob also enjoyed horseback riding, antique collecting and antique restoration.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Helen Barnes.
Friends who wish to make a memorial may do so to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of their choice.