GREENVILLE, KY. (BNc) — Elisha Earl Gieseke, 78, of Greenville, KY., died Tuesday, March 9, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah after a lengthy illness. He was a minister for more than 50 years and an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Gloria June Hunter Gieseke; a son, Rob Gieseke; two brothers, Bill Gieseke and Ray Gieseke; and two sisters, Lou Soaper and Mary Voss.

Services were at 1 p.m. today at Gary’s Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial was at the Unity Cemetery in Graham, KY.



  1. I would like to tell of who Brother Earl was in my life. Sometime in 2005, I received a phone call from Earl, who I had never seen or met or heard of before, but he had read something I posted onlne. He simply wanted to call and agree with me, as it was a controversial and considered conservative view of a particular doctrine at the time. We talked so long that we felt like long lost friends. We continued this friendship by long distance phone calls and emails over these intervening years. He asked for my help in setting up a Yahoo forum, which I did, and he called it Voice Crying. There he posted his writings, and answered scriptural questions, and encouraged its many members over the years, touching lifes across the globe.
    We shall all miss Brother Earl. Let us keep Sister June and family in our prayers, that God will comfort her heart, and give her strength in enduring these difficult times. She is not very healthy herself, and depended on Earl for many things.
    May their lives speak to we who loved them as long as we live.

  2. Sister Gieseke as well as the rest of the family will be in our prayers. We appreciate the work of men like brother Gieseke and pray for many more.

  3. June, I’m so sorry for your loss. Earl was a very sweet man. You and he took me into your home, not knowing a thing about me and you both were wonderful. To this day I still refer to you and Earl as the best in-laws a girl could have. I’ve thought of you and Earl often and tried to find you after I moved away from Georgia. I am sorry to have to find you through his obituary. I miss you both. I hear you’re not well. I will pray for you. If anyone on this board/site reads this and knows where June “Gloria” is, please pass this message on to her. She can contact me via email at Thank you all so much.