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Eugene Henry (Jerry) Giles, Jr.

Male 1944 - 1961  (17 years)

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  • Name Eugene Henry (Jerry) Giles 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Nickname Jerry 
    Born 1944 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Jul 1961 
    Buried Rossville Cemetery, Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3572  Rossville
    Last Modified 29 May 2018 

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    Obituary- Giles, Eugene
    Obituary- Giles, Eugene
    Will to Work Kills

    Those who read the recent story of the death of 16-year-old Jerry Giles at Rossville must have paused to ponder his fate. Jerry collapsed in a field, the victim, apparently, of a heart attack.

    For the two weeks prior to his death, Jerry had worked like a beaver. He had labored at odd jobs in the mornings, farm work in the afternoons and at a service station at night. The boy's mother is a widow.

    A physician attending the boy after his collapse said he believed overwork caused the heart attack.

    The drive which kept young Jerry Giles busy at a series of jobs proved too much for his 16-year-old body. Yet the enterprise of a youth who wanted work, found it, and gave it everything he had, must be admired. It also makes one wonder about the idle 16-year-olds standing on the corner combing their ducktailed hair, doesn't it?