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Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 11:59 am

Bill Gidney, 81, of Grossenseebach, Germany passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015 in a hospital in Erlanger, Germany.
Funeral services were held in a nearby village in Germany. There will be a burial memorial service at a later date.
Bill was born on February 6, 1934 in Vandalia, Mo. He grew up in Munster, Ind., the son of Henry and Geraldine (Hoagland) Gidney, of Munster, Ind.
In 1957, he met and married Eva Frank, of Grossenseebach, Germany. She survives.
Other survivors include three daughters, Erika Greenwood, of Riverside, Calif.; Doris Sietz, Belinda Gidney, and son John Gidney, all of Grossenseebach, Germany; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Doris McCarthy, of Highland, Ind.; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He’s preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gerald A. Gidney; one brother-in-law George McCarthy; and all his grandparents.
Bill was the grandchild of the late Charles Gidney, of Bowling Green, Mo.
After high school, Bill joined the Army. He was an E-8 Master Sgt. and worked for personnel. This one time when he was serving in Vietnam, he was staying in the Saigon Hotel. Luckily, he was out on an assignment this day when the hotel was blown up.
After retiring from the service, he went to reside in Grossenseebach, Germany and never left.
Bill was very devoted to his family and friends. He would come to the states to see and visit his family when he could.
He enjoyed the country, especially mushrooms, hunting, fishing, just looking and walking around.
He liked to garden and took a lot of pride in his rose bushes.
He was a very devoted Cardinals fan.
Since there was a different time zone in Germany, he would watch them in the middle of the night on T.V.
When he was young, he would come to Missouri in the Summer and stay with his Grandpa and Grandma Hoagland on their farm.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society. Also, anything that pertains to our veterans.