Andrew R. Gigler was a very dynamic man. He was a strong, proud, outspoken, self-motivated man who loved deeply, cared passionately, and generously shared his time and his knowledge to make the world a better place.
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He strongly believed that everyone has an obligation to protect the environment, to fight for freedom and fair, honest government, and to gain knowledge about proper nourishment and the power of the human body to heal itself.
When he thought that there was an injustice or a need for change, he stood up and took action. He ran for Klamath County commissioner and for governor of the state of Oregon. He formed a citizens committee to keep people informed on issues that affected the future of our county and our nation. Born in a less restricted time, he remained steadfast to protect freedom.
As a young man, Andy helped a man in need and that random act of kindness lead Andy to the study of nutrition. He discovered the power of the human body to heal itself when given proper nourishment, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and a balanced life. For over 50 years, he owned and operated Gigler's Health Food Store at 4230 S. Sixth St.
As an ecologist and nutritional consultant, Andy freely shared his opinions with customers and led thousands of people on a quest for knowledge to improve and maintain their health.
Andy understood the power of natural products and encouraged his friends and customers to own and read a book entitled "Prescription for Natural Healing," by Phyllis A Blach, CNC and James F. Blanch, M.D.
He also loved to listen to the Robert Scott Bell health program every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on KAGO, and told others to listen and be informed.
Audrey, Andy's wife of 40 years, remembers seeing Andy for the first time in Bandon, Ore., when she was a young girl. They didn't actually meet until she moved to Klamath Falls many years later to take a teaching job. The first person she met when she arrived was Andy's sister, who told her about an apartment for rent close to Andy's store. Audrey smiles as she remembers that every time she stopped by the store, Andy's dog, "Sandy," would follow her home and wouldn't leave, as if to say ... "The two of you are meant to be together!" The love and devotion that Andy and Audrey had for each other is a tribute to their strong marriage.
Andy was born on March 9, 1914, and lived an active, purpose-driven life. He went to be with the Lord on June 30, 2009. Andy was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Bertha Gigler and Julie Cullen.
Andy is survived by his wife, Audrey; two sons, Robert Alan Gigler of Anchorage, Alaska, and Richard Andrew Gigler and his wife, Stevanie of San Francisco; two granddaughters, Pilar Sabina Gigler and husband Richard of Albuquerque, N.M., and Amanda Gigler of Barcelona, Spain; a great grandson, Gavin Armstrong; and a sister, Gwen Snyder of Grants Pass, Ore. Other living relatives include two nephews and a niece and their families, plus many friends and customers.
Andrew R. Gigler touched and changed many lives and made a positive difference in the world. He is loved, respected, admired and deeply missed by those who knew him. The celebration of his life will continue through the love and memories of his family and friends.
You are invited to attend a service to honor and celebrate the life of Andrew R. Gigler, Monday, July 6, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd, with Steve Snyder, nephew, officiating. Concluding services will follow at Mt. Laki Cemetery with a brief prayer.
Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Herald And News from July 4 to July 7, 2009
Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd
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