Arthur P. "Art" Giggee, age 96, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Saturday, April 23, 2016, at his home in Yankton.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend David Gunderson officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 and the Patriot Guard Riders. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.
Pallbearers are: Tim Giggee, Rory Smith, Randy Smith, John Giggee, Brian Giggee, Kevin Giggee, Chris Sparby, and David Sparby. Honorary pallbearers are Michelle Steward, Melissa Kistler, Beth Sparby, and Troy Giggee.
Arthur P. "Art" Giggee was born in a sod house in Bon Homme County, South Dakota, to Arthur and Emma (Kopp) Giggee. He grew up on the farm east of Yankton and attended school at Willowdale School in rural Yankton. He moved to Seattle, Washington for a few years until he was drafted into the United States Army where he served overseas during World War II. After the war, he returned to the Yankton area and married Doreen Cwach on January 15, 1946, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton. They continued to live on the farm until moving into their current home near Yankton in 1981. Art was one of the first farmers in the area to use irrigation for his land. Art retired from farming in 1985 and took over the gardening at their home in Yankton.
Art was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton and the Yankton VFW. He was a very hardworking man who loved the land. He could fix and build anything, including his house and saw mill on the farm. If he didn't have the right part to fix what he was working on he would just build what he needed. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening, and visiting with friends over a cup of coffee or any other type of beverage. He was very proud of his family and providing for them was his first priority.
Survivors include his wife, Doreen of Yankton; five children: Tom (Linda) Giggee of Gillette, Wyoming; Linda Smith of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Michael (Pam) Giggee of Yankton; Jim (Patty) Giggee of Rapid City, South Dakota; and Janice (Scott) Harris of Rapid City; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and brother, Herman Giggee of Rockford, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Arthur and Emma Giggee.
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Art was a Great guy to work for and work with on and around the farm, A Real Gentleman, always ready to go the extra mile to help someone out.
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