LTC Giger


Joachim "Joe" Giger

Ltc Giger

Lieutenant Colonel Joachim Joseph Paul Giger, USAF Retired, 79, of O’Fallon, IL, born October 4, 1931, in Brooklyn, NY, died Saturday, January 15, 2011, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Joachim “Joe” retired from the United States Air Force after 31 years service to his country.  He later retired from the Okaw Valley Boy Scout Council where he held the professional position of District Executive of the St. Clair District for 11 years. 

Joe was the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 53 for eight years, but his services included holding many positions in the troop over the past 30 years.  He was also a scoutmaster at Rhein Main Air Base, Germany, for three years, as well as being the Scout Liaison Officer for all 13 Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs.  He was the District Commissioner for St. Clair District.

Joe was also involved in many veteran organizations.  He was a life member of the American Legion Swansea Post 2007, a life member of the VFW of California,  and a member of the Military Officers Association of America, the  Catholic War Veterans, the Korean War Veterans,  the Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon, and the Knights of Columbus Belleville Council 1028.

Joe provided transportation to medical appointments for individuals through Christian Home Care Services, Inc., Lebanon, IL.  He worked at the USO in St. Louis and was part of the “Greeting Program” at Scott Air Force Base, visiting returning hospital military patients from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Joe had great respect for veterans and he was extremely successful in conducting fund raisers for Jefferson Barracks Hospital for several years.  He was a former member of Fairview Heights Toastmasters Club.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joachim Joseph and Mary, nee Maria Witzemann, Giger; and two sisters, Sister Rita Marie Giger and Cunigundes Czaplicki.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Jean, nee Walker, Giger, whom he married February 13, 1954, at St Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL;
three sons, Joachim W. Giger, Steven M. (Jenifer) Giger of Swansea, IL,
and John Gregory Giger of Fairview Heights, IL;
three daughters,  Debra E. (Bill) Norton of Adelanto, CA,
Elizabeth G (Steve) Bell of Franklin, TN,
and Angela T. (Michael) Feign of Colorado Springs, CO;
nine grandchildren, Kelly Borth, Joshua Justice of Adelanto, CA,
Kelsey and Mallory Giger of Swansea, IL,
Stephen and Alexis Bell of Franklin, TN,
Ian, Macy and Brennen Feign of Colorado Springs, CO;
a brother-in-law, Alfred Czaplicki of Colonia, NJ;
and two nieces, Denise Joerg of NJ,
and Barbara Helfer of Staten Island, NY.

Burial with military honors were held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.