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William “Bill” Joseph Kiesling Jr. born April 4, 1931 in New York City, New York passed away Thursday, November 24, 2022 in Avalon Care Center, Sonora.  A Mass of Christian Burial with Military Honors will be held. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Big Oak Flat, California

William Kiesling, a longtime Groveland resident, passed away peacefully early on Thursday, November 24th, 2022.

William who answered to Bill, Billy and even Willy Lump Lump, was born on April 4, 1931 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the oldest of three boys. Altar boy, star pitcher for the neighborhood league, he got into plenty of shenanigans with his brothers and friends.

A Navy veteran of the Korean War, Bill’s work with jet fighter engines on the USS Roosevelt aircraft carrier led to a university degree in mechanical engineering and a 35 year career in the field with General Electric. Bill was a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. An affable guy, he had plenty of friends and cronies and enjoyed a good joke and a good visit.

Bill loved golf, baseball and football, model trains, trips into Yosemite, boating, fishing, anything with pasta, ice cream and Henry Weinhard’s root beer. He embraced his German heritage and never forgot his Brooklyn roots.

An active community member, he was an avid long time member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Groveland, along with his beloved wife, Rolene. His wife’s obituary is here.

Terzich & Wilson Cremation-Funeral Home entrusted with Funeral arrangements.

  • Date of Death: 11/24/2022
  • Age: 91
  • Residence: Groveland, CA
  • Services: Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 12 Noon at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Catholic Cemetery Street, Big Oak Flat, California
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