Longtime race secretary Ron Giehls dies
May 10, 2017
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Longtime racing secretary Ron Giehls died Tuesday, May 9. He had battled several rounds of pneumonia and other ailments with on-off stints in rehab facilities. He was 82.
After serving his country from 1956 through 1958, Mr.Giehls started his harness racing career in 1960 as charter, assistant program director and patrol judge at Hamilton Raceway and Lebanon Raceway.
He continued down this path until 1969 when he followed his mentor, Bill Connors, as assistant racing secretary at Hazel Park, Wolverine Raceway and Pompano Park. That circuit continued through 1975 when he again returned to Lebanon Raceway and Latonia Raceway as associate judge and assistant racing secretary.
He served as racing secretary at Wheeling Downs (1975) and Saginaw Valley Downs (1987) before accepting the position of racing secretary at Lebanon Raceway in 1988. He retired from Lebanon in 2013 as the last racing secretary at the track's old location on the Warren County Fairgrounds.
His greatest joy in life was his young grandson, Kaden, and he will be watching all of Kaden's baseball games from above.
Mr. Giehls is survived by his wife of 51 years, Bev; a son, Brad (Debbie); and a grandson, Kaden.
Visitation and Memorial Service will be held at the Lebanon United Methodist Church, 122 East Silver Street, Lebanon, Ohio on Tuesday, May 16. Visitation from 10 a.m. until noon with the Memorial Service at noon.
An on-line guest book is available through the Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home in Lebanon, Ohio.