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Jerome J. 'Jerry' Giles, 86, of Greensburg, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

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By Kate Wilcox
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Jerry Giles' passion was golf, and he always hit a hole-in-one in life as far as his friends and family were concerned.

Jerome J. “Jerry” Giles, 86, of Greensburg, died on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

Cathy Shuey of Greensburg said her father was a strict disciplinarian with a dry sense of humor and a deep love for his large family.

“He was the greatest dad, and we're going to miss him dearly,” she said.

Mr. Giles was an avid golfer and had belonged to Greensburg Country Club, where he was club champion in 1974. He racked up seven holes-in-one.

Shuey said her father worked the second shift at U.S. Steel so that he could golf during the day. His daughter remembers spending days with her siblings, chasing after golf balls for their father as he practiced his swing.

“We thought it was awesome that we got to do that for Dad,” Shuey said.

Mr. Giles was so devoted to the sport that he named two of his sons Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan.

Mr. Giles came from a family of nine, and he and six of his brothers served in the military. Mr. Giles was a World War II Navy veteran and served on the USS San Pablo.

In addition to working as a state constable, he was a businessman who owned or co-owned several ventures.

“He was an awesome man; I don't know what we're going to do without him,” Shuey said.

Mr. Giles was predeceased by his first wife, Dolores “Dolly” Welch Giles; a son, Mark Ben Hogan Giles; and a son-in-law, Mark Shuey.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Leonard Giles; children, Cindy Hyatt of Norfolk, Va., Cathy Shuey of Greensburg, Sharon Asbee of Norfolk, Va., Mary Beth Giles of Holly Hill, Fla., Susan McClintock of Tucson, Ariz., Donna Sowa of Greensburg, Jerri Lynn Liming of Latrobe, Arnold Palmer Giles of Greensburg and Kelly Giles of Jeannette; stepchildren Todd Urbani of Philadelphia, Steve Urbani of Michigan and Adam Urbani of Greensburg; 24 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

A blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in Barnhart Funeral Home, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, 300 N. Main St., Greensburg. Interment with military honors will follow in Jeannette Memorial Park.

Kate Wilcox is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155 or kwilcox@tribweb.com.

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