John was born in Crawford County on May 25, 1921, the son of John Asberg and Millie Mae (Goff) Gier.
John served in the US Army during WWII and was stationed in the Central Pacific, Ryukyus and the Philippines. He married Norma Joy Johnston in Hepler, Kan., on Dec. 20, 1945.
He started working at Ash Grove in 1946 and retired after 38 years in 1984. He was a member of the American Legion Boerstler-May Post 170 and The First Christian Church in Chanute.
John was a hard worker his entire life from a young age when he had to support his mother and sister and later his wife and children.
John is survived by his wife, Norma Joy Gier of Chanute; two children, Harry Gier and wife Viola of Casper, Wyo., and Sandra Adams of Chanute; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Edith Mae Gier of Chanute.
He was preceded in death by two infant twins, James and Jerald; sons, John Jr. and Samuel Gier; one daughter, Mira Hosack; and his parents.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012, at The First Christian Church in Chanute. Burial followed in Walnut Cemetery. The family received friends on Monday, May 14, 2012, from 11 until 2 p.m. at The First Christian Church. Memorials in his name may be made to the First Christian Church CWF, the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association and may be left with the funeral home.
Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel is in charge of arrangements.