Jack Burns Giseburt
Jack, 88, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2012 at Overlake Terrace Assisted Living in Redmond, Washington.
He was born in Pattonsburg, Missouri on April 19, 1924. He had a childhood in and out of poverty, with the family moving many times around northwest Missouri, finally abandoning the family farm (an "old rockpile") and spending a few years in east Texas before moving to Seattle in 1939.
He graduated from Queen Anne High School, worked in the shipyards in Houghton, and joined the army
. He saw combat in France and Germany and remained in the occupation force in Germany through 1945. Returning home, he attended the University of Washington
on the GI Bill and graduated in 1949 in philosophy. He had by then met Gail Fortun at a holiday party in the Roosevelt Hotel, and they married on July 13, 1949. She asked him to get a job. He chose an insurance agency over a hardware store and then worked 33 years in the Armstrong and George Newell general agencies and the Continental Insurance Company in Seattle.
Jack and Gail moved to the new suburb of Mountlake Terrace in 1951, started a family, and moved to the country now Brier in 1959. He was a loving husband of 57 years, a wonderful father to three sons, and a happy grandfather of four. He was an adventurer, and never quit aspiring to learn new things or take up new hobbies. After retiring at 58, he helped his son Joe with an electrical business for several years. Jack had a real sense of joy in life and found heaven on earth. He loved tennis, sailing, hiking, hunting, bicycling, dancing, poetry, music, mountains, trees, and the sea. He loved people. His smile and an easy going humor brightened up the room when he walked in.
In 2002, he and Gail left Brier and moved to Edmonds, where they enjoyed a big view of Puget Sound. He was preceded in death by an infant son; and his wife, Gail in 2007.
He is survived by sons, Dirk (and Marilyn Stahl), Joe, and Mike (and Judy); and grandchildren, Katie, Haines Alex, Annelise, and Peter, and is mourned as a second father by Robin Wright (and Chris) and their children Steven and Aarin.
A memorial to celebrate Jack's life will be held on December 30, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church at 411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue. Jack wished that any remembrances be made to a