George "Ralph" Giessner

September 3, 1943January 30, 2014
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George “Ralph” Giessner, 70, a resident of Grand Prairie, TX, died Thursday, January 30, 2014 in Arlington, TX, Ralph was born September 3, 1943 in San Antonio, TX at Fort Sam Houston.He graduated Arlington High School in 1962. He married Angela Sutton on June 19, 1964. He attended Arlington State College, graduated as class salutatorian, with a degree in Mortuary Science from Gumpton-Jones Mortuary school in 1968. He was recognized by the Mu Sigma Alpha Key for academic proficiency by the National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science.He began his 25 year career in the funeral business with Hugh M. Moore & Sons in Arlington, TX and became a partner in Southland Funeral Home in Grand Prairie. which also provided ambulance service. Southland Ambulance employed young men that went on to professional careers in law enforcement, fire departments, lawyers, business owners, School Board Members and a State Representative. As a second career, Ralph and Angela opened Giessner Insurance Agency on August 1, 1989 where he worked until his death, serving clients for 25 years. Achievements in the insurance business earned them top honors and recognitions with Championship and Toppers Club awards. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason of the Valley of Dallas, Orient of Texas, and a long term member of the Scottish Rite 15th Degree Team, holding dual membership in Arlington Masonic Lodge No. 438 and Sam R. Hamilton Masonic Lodge No. 1031 in Grand Prairie where he is Past Master, a member of the Hella Shrine and Order of the Eastern Star No. 219 in Grand Prairie. Ralph served numerous community positions with the City of Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce, President of the Grand Prairie Rotary Club 1978-1979 where he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow.Ralph was appointed to the Grand Prairie City Council in 1984 and again in 1986 to fill un-expired terms of former council members. Politics and governmental affairs were a passion that he passed on to his son. His many passions and activities include hunting, golf and his amateur membership in the radio club of Ellis County. Ralph had been a member of Inglewood United Methodist Church, but at the time of his passing, was a member of First Baptist Church.Survivors: wife of 50 years, Angela Sutton Giessner, son Greg and wife Kelly, daughter Jan and husband Von L. Evans Jr., MD and grandchildren Chad, Bailey and Andrew Evans and Will and Jake Giessner, brother Kenny and wife Jennifer Giessner and their children Jason, Justin and Kate, Aunt Lois Koerth and cousin Sandra and husband Larry Hoelting and numerous relatives and friends.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 4, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 5, 2014

George "Ralph" Giessner

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Mary Haines

June 3, 2014

Dear Angela,
I can truthfully say, "I feel your pain".
I realize when we lose a loved one that it takes time to learn to live without them and cherish the memories they left us.
I write in Nolan's Legacy Book often.
It gives me comfort to send my thoughts and memories out into cyberspace.
Even though it has been nearly six month since you lost Ralph, I wanted my condolences to float around with the angels who have left us for a new journey.
Mary Haines

Monroe, Leota and Nicole Ritchie

March 20, 2014

Angela and family,
Having just learned of the passing of your beloved husband and father we want to express our deepest sympathy to you. Please be assured of our love and prayers at this difficult time.

February 9, 2014

What can be written at a time of such personal sorrow? The outpouring of love for your family has now become so very visible. Such a beautiful service with such heartfelt messages about a gracious, precious, faithful gentleman. Ralph had such a sense of humor and a kindness that touched so many! I can only imagine the smile on his face after finally making his first hole in one up in heaven and all the radios he must be tuning so we can all hear God's voice for each of us on our earthly journeys just a little clearer. Thank you Lord for the amazing life of Ralph Giessner, a true friend and Patriarch!!
With love, continued prayers, & great sympathy, Dr. Debra Seznik

Marti VanaRavenswaay-Waddell

February 9, 2014

Angela, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know there are no words that will make things better, but I do offer you my sincere condolences. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Marti VanRavenswaay-Waddell

Betty Hulse

February 8, 2014

If Ralph had been asked, he would have said,"I'm the luckiest man in the world." Ralph spent over 50 years with the love of his life. He was a successful, respected and compassionate Funeral Director for 25 years. He watched his two children grow into well-rounded and successful adults with the morals and character they learned from their parents. He helped Angela build a new business from scratch into the success it is today. He watched his children marry and start their own families. He got to enjoy the arrival of the five "smartest, most beautiful, most handsome,etc., etc.,etc.,
grandchildren" and watch them grow. They knew he would always support them in anything. Ralph had the respect and friendship of so many, many people in Grand Prairie. He was an Arlington boy but he dearly loved his adopted city. He also had a smaller group of friends to travel with, play golf with, eat out with, and just relax with. They loved him not just as a friend, but as a brother. Ralph touched so many lives and left a void in so many hearts. Wendel and I wish Ralph had been given many more years on this earth but Ralph would still say, "I'm the luckiest man in the world."

Wendel Hulse

February 6, 2014

Ralph was my closest friend. I don't know what to do without him. Betty and I will miss his company.

Jim and Carol Johnson

February 6, 2014

Greg, We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences and know you and your family are in our prayers.

Kenneth Jackson

February 4, 2014

Although Ralph & I were never "running buddies", I have known him since 8th grade. We were close when we shared classes together. He signed my petition for Masonry, served as Worshipful Master in my EA degree & again as Worshipful Master in my Masters degree. He also served in the Fellowcraft degree. I still remember some of his 8th grade humor that occurred on his early ride alongs with Moore Ambulance. I consider him a dear friend and our world will miss him.
Kenneth Jackson, PM
Longview, TX

Mike Faulkner

February 4, 2014

To a wonderful neighbor and friend,

Ralph Giessner will be greatly missed by the entire Faulkner Family. We loved his excellent example of being a Godly Man in word and deed. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family and all his friends who mourn their loss. Take comfort in knowing God has given him a better place to live.

We look forward to seeing him again someday,

Mike, Marty, Mikey, and Makenzie Faulkner
Ramsi Rubalcava
Reed Russell

February 4, 2014

My love and support to Angela and family. Ralph was a true gentleman and well respected and loved by everyone who knew him. He always had a smile and a kind word. Paulette Reid (Grand Prairie, TX)