On July 12, 2010, we said goodbye to John Edward Giles, loving husband; father; grandpa & greatgrandpa.
John was born in Los Angeles, CA on August 13, 1923.
John joined the Navy in 1940. He served our country in WWII and was there for the Invasion of Normandy.
John came home from the war in 1945. He served with the Naval Reserves from 1950 ~ 1952 until he left for the Korean War, serving from 1952 ~ 1954.
In his youth, John enjoyed surfing while growing up in Venice & Santa Monica CA. He loved surfing the beaches of Malibu, Palos Verdes, Rincon, & Ventura Overhead, to name a few. John’s surfboard & photos are on display and enjoyed by many in the Oceanside Surf Museum in San Diego, CA. John surfed with the “all time greats” and was an innovator in surfboard design along side Bob Simmons.
John worked for Southern California Edison Company for 30 years as a Line Crew Foreman. When he retired, John and his wife Nita moved to Siskiyou County in 1979. They built their home in Lake Shastina, enjoying a beautiful view of the golf course for the past 30 years. John loved playing golf and has been a member of the Lake Shastina Country Club for 30 years. John & Nita have traveled & played golf across the U.S., Europe & the U.K. He enjoyed teaching his kids and grandkids how to play the game, as well as many others throughout his years.
He enjoyed repairing & creating new golf clubs in his spare time always reaching for the “perfect” drive.
As a family, we spent our summer vacations camping and fishing in the High Sierra Lakes in CA. This is where dad taught us how to tie flies, correctly put a lure at the end of a pole, and, most importantly, how to tie monofilament line onto
leaded line so we could fish the “deeper” waters in the lakes because that’s where the “big fish” were……he was right, we’ve all caught some monster fish!
John is preceded in death by his beautiful, adventurous daughter, Darcy Kay Giles, 1961 ~ 1974.
John is survived by his beautiful, loving wife Nita (Neets, as he always called her) of 62 ½ years, Lake Shastina, CA; his son Mark Giles, Mt. Shasta, CA; & his daughter Cynthia Day, Yreka, CA. His three grandchildren; Trevor Giles, Los
Osos, CA; Randall Day & Kelsey Day, Yreka, CA; & three greatgrandchildren, Forest Giles & Grace Giles, Los Osos, CA; & Casey Day, Mt. Shasta, CA.
John did not want a memorial service.
There will be a “Surfers Paddle Out” at Malibu, CA, where his ashes will be spread in the ocean he so loved to surf in.
Until we meet again, we will love you & miss you, always.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to th Hospice of your choice, they are a loving, caring non-profit organization that are
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