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Arthur "Hank" Henry Giddings Jr.

SERVICE INFORMATION:

Open Casket viewing 1:00PM to 8:00PM Tuesday October 3, 2017 at Edwards Memorial Lakewood, 11020 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA.

Celebration of Life to be held October 18, 2017 7:00 pm at Lakeview Church of Christ, 1709 112th St S, Tacoma, WA 98444.

Family requests casual attire.

In lieu of flowers please give to Lakeview Church of Christ building fund, or to your favorite charity.


Arthur was born March 5, 1941 in Ventura, CA and passed away September 27, 2017 in Kitsap County. He is survived by his wife - Hazel; two sons, Arthur Henry Giddings, III, Ivan Noel Giddings; and numerous extended family members and friends.

Hank Giddings, heard the call to serve the Lord when he was 19, went on to serve his county when needed in the US Army, husband, father, and generous caring friend. Lived a meticulous life of integrity, dedication, and humor. He brought smiles, and a childlike playful mood to the world. He was not afraid to be silly, with adults, and children.

Hank aka, “The Cookie Man” to many, would bake cookies weekly to take with him to social engagements, church, automotive repair shops, just about anywhere he went he would start a conversation with cookie, and a humorous comment. Often pedaling his cookies and humor to friends, and family along with new acquaintances that he met.

Pedaling is something Hank knew well. For seven years of his life he rode his bicycle to and from work (250 miles a week) just pedaling. Rain, Shine, light or dark with everything in between here in the Pacific Northwest it didn’t matter Hank pedaled. With each pedal he showed his family, and friends what the true grit, dedication and tenacity truly looked like.

With a sharp-witted humor, a contagious smile and boisterous hearty laugh that even Santa would be proud to own. Hank delivered presents (packages) while working at Pacific Lutheran University warehouse during Christmas time dressed as Santa. When his two sons were young he even enlisted his family as Santa, Mrs. Clause and two Elves we delivered presents to children around our community. Teaching a lifelong lesson of giving, and the importance of bringing smiles and love to those around him.

Hank’s drive and determination showed in everything he did his shoes were polished weekly, the cars, motorcycle, bicycle, lawn mowers, tractor, anything that needed maintenance was always pristine. Oil checked, tire pressure perfect, belts, hoses, fluids, brakes etc. always worked and never let you down. These inanimate objects reflected dad, he was always there, he always loved, and he never let anyone down.

Hank met his beloved wife of nearly 55 years because of a bet with friends for a night out on the town. With winning the bet he met his wife and lifelong partner Hazel. Together life’s adventures included time on or in the water swimming and boating; road trips by car, motorcycle, or tandem bicycle; hiking; skiing; and raising a family.

Thank You, Cookie Man for living a life that raised the bar so very high, giving us all a challenge to do our utmost with a smile, love, and integrity.

Arrangements by Edwards Memorial, Funerals Homes, Chapels and Crematories.
253-584-6000


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Visitation

Tuesday

3

Oct

1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2 Edwards Memorial - Lakewood & Crematory

11020 S. Tacoma Way
Lakewood, WA 98499

Memorial Service

Wednesday

18

Oct

7:00 PM
Lakeview Church of Christ

1709 112th St S
Tacoma, WA 98444

Family request casual attire.

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