Jan Gieger passed away December 4, 2013. He was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, on August 16, 1939, but came to Randsburg for a brief period in the 1940s with his family when his father worked heavy equipment in the construction of the naval base at China Lake before returning to Muskogee.
Jan returned to China Lake in his 20s, and he worked on the base, initially as a surveyor, from 1961-1997 except for the years he served in the Sea bees in the early 1960s. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred, and his father, Curtis. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jimmie; son Jason and his partner David; son Jacob; grandson Benjamin; and sister Elisabeth. Jan requested no services, but if you wish to make a donation in his memory, please consider the American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.
Jan had wide-ranging interests and a dry sense of humor. He loved a good road trip and travelled in all 50 states and every county in California, sometimes with a dachshund or two riding along.
He was a league bowler for decades, both on base and out in town, and was California state men's bowling champion in 1975. Jan enjoyed a tasty meal, everything from a bowl of cioppino to the end cut of prime rib to a foot-long coney to homemade pizza. An avid reader across genres and fascinations, he particularly enjoyed history and the American west. He was a sports fan, also, especially of baseball, and had a great mind for puzzles, cards, trivia, word games, and crosswords.
His memory skills also showed themselves in his ability to remember in detail actors, actresses, and storylines from countless movies and TV shows from the 1930s-2000s.
All who appreciated and enjoyed his knowledge, his sense of humor, and his famous homemade chili will miss him deeply.