Jonathan Edward Gierke

jonathan gierke

February 7, 2002 ~ January 19, 2022

Born in: Portsmouth, Virginia
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Jonathan Edward Gierke passed away January 19, 2022.

He is survived by his parents, William & Arunee Gierke and sister, Emily Gierke of Lawrenceville, GA; Grandparents, Rodney Noell of Carlton, GA, Jan Seitz of Peachtree City, GA, and Charles & Varee Weldon of Athens, GA, as well as Aunts, Uncles & cousins. Jonathan passed serving his country in the United States Marine Corps.

Jonathan was born in Portsmouth VA, he was the youngest of two children. He attended and graduated from Collins Hill High School in Lawrenceville, GA.

At Collins Hill High School he completed 4 years of Air Force JROTC. In that time he was a multi national award winner, receiving community service national award, American Legion national award for excellence, and Tuskegee Airman award for national recognition, as well as countless drill competition accolades, awards and trophies. He was part of the Drill team & Color Guard, even went to UNG for drill camp. He was a leader and a mentor to so many and has left a lasting impact on the current upperclassmen.

Jonathan proudly served his country in the short time he was in. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 2021, where he attended Marine Corps Recruit Training in Parris Island, SC; Marine Combat Training in Camp Lejeune; and Basic Landing Support Specialist Course in Camp Lejeune. His ultimate duty station was assigned to 2nd Marine Logistics Group, also in Camp Lejeune.

Jonathan said he always knew he wanted to do something special and meaningful with his life. Due to the military influence surrounding him, I think he felt it was sort of a calling. He was always so disciplined & had great military bearing, we knew that aspect of the military would be easy. Whenever he would write home while in Marine Corps Recruit Training, he always made it sound like it really wasn’t as hard as everyone made it out to be. Tough, disciplined, well behaved, & had a quirky sense of humor, but no matter where he went, he was sure to make friends. Jonathan enjoyed working out, gaming, music, guitar and drums.

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Visitation: February 5, 2022 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Funeral Service: February 5, 2022 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


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Memories Timeline


  1. CandleImageKnew him since elementary school. Been best bros with him & another best friend who sadly passed as well for years. Whenever something went wrong, he would be there for me. We also went to hangouts with Justin, the other best friend, & had so much fun with games & jokes. I was on a game called “The Crew 2” not even a week before I heard he passed. Going to miss this bro.

  2. CandleImageI’ve known Jonathan ever since elementary school, it breaks my heart knowing that he is gone. He always made sure that everyone around him was happy, he tried his best to make sure that everyone was alright. He was that one friend who you could always rely on. You’ll forever be missed but also still loved very deeply and passionately by your friends and family, fly high soldier.

  3. CandleImageI didn’t know him for too long just a few months but in those few months we got along pretty well would workout everyday and push each other to our limits during each session he made me a better marine and person, we all miss him daily and will keep him in our hearts and minds so he could still push us to our limits.

  4. CandleImageSemper Fi. My deepest condolences go out to the Gierke family. Very sorry for your loss. Rest in peace LCpl Jonathan Gierke.

  5. CandleImageJonathan and my son , Devon were friend in High School. Jonathan was such an inspiration! We are praying for your family .

  6. CandleImageMy thoughts and prayers for William, Arunee, Emily and the Gierke family. Also in my prayers Varee and Charles Weldon and Family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Semper Fi Brother. Rest in peace. My deepest condolences go out to the Gierke family. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  8. We are heartbroken over the loss of Jonathan. Such a positive spirit. He knew where he was going and what he wanted to do. Such a strong man. We didn’t get to spend enough time with him, as I know we all feel, but I know he’s where he needs to be. Next to the Lord.

    We will miss him!
    Love: The Bentley’s, Roberd’s and Hinson’s.

  9. Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the Gierke family. Thank you Jonathan for your love and patriotism for America. Semper Fi LCpl Jonathan Gierke.

  10. CandleImageThough I didn’t know Jonathan personally, my son is also a Marine and was at Camp Lejeune on this terrible day. They are all “my Marine” — your loss is felt by all of us MoMs. Your family is in my prayers. Semper Fi, Marine — Well done, good and faithful servant.

  11. CandleImageMay God wrap your arms around you and the entire family and give you peace.
    Rest in peace!
    Love: from Thai family in Thailand ❤️

  12. CandleImageMay God wrap your arms around you and the entire family and give you peace.
    Rest in peace!
    Love: from Thai family in Thailand ❤️

  13. Family Of Lance Corporal Johnathan E. Gierke, I’m So Very Sorry To Hear Of The Passing Of LCpl. Gierke. I Will Keep You The Family In My Thoughts And Prayers And I Hope That The Tears Shed Will Soon Turn To Smiles As You Remember All Of The Wonderful Times You All Have Had With LCpl Gierke. May Our God Carry You All Through This Sad And Difficult Time.You Have My Deepest Condolences.

    I Didn’t Know Your Loved One, However; I’m A Retired Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant, Which Makes LCpl Gierke And I Brothers In Arms.
    R I.P My Brother Lance Corporal Johnathan Gierke And Semper Fi. “And When I Get To Heaven St. Peter I Will Tell, Another Marine Reporting Sir I’ve Served My Time In Hell, And As I Look Around Me All That I Can See Is A Hundred Thousand More Marines Standing There With Me”

  14. CandleImageOur hearts are broken and feel so much for the Gierke family. My son was Gierke’s roommate. This tragedy has hit us very hard. We are a family- a unique family- a Marine family. Please know you are all thought of. I pray God brings peace and beautiful memories always!
    Love the Green Family

  15. Jonathon, earth was blessed to have you and we definitely miss you. Even though your stay here was short you will forever have a long lasting positive impact on those who got the honor of knowing you.

    When you were a young child I recall your joyful laughter emanating from around our home when we had you over for sleepovers with our son Ethan. You always had something funny to say which put a smile on our faces. Just as your father you always had a positive outlook of life and even as a young child you took on every obstacle with a positive mentality.

    You grew to be a strong resilient young man of the finest caliber and all that knew you were blessed to have crossed paths with you.

    From reading and hearing of peoples memories of you, I know you did and would have excelled greatly in U.S. Marine Corps but God needed you more up in heaven for something greater.

    The Valdez family loves and misses you Jonathon!

    • CandleImageLife has to end. Love doesn’t”
      May God bless him and give him a new home in heaven.
      You will always remains in our hearts ♥️

  16. The few months that I’ve known him it still feels like I’ve known him forever. We were together born as LS Marine and he’ll always be my brother in arms.

  17. CandleImageRest in Heaven young man even though I never met you your accomplishments and awards speak volumes for your character. My son was a fellow Collins Hill JROTC cadet. He himself remembers hanging out at the mall and fun times.

    Semper fi be at peace.

  18. Hello,
    We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Gierke Family know that we have sent a donation to the Semper Fi/America’s Fund, in the name of Jonathan Edward Gierke US Marine Lance Corporal.

    We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the American youth hockey community, their families, friends and many others who support our mission.

    We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you safe and strong.

    Charlie Gili & Family
    On Behalf of our US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign

  19. CandleImageJonathan had a massive impact on my time and progression as an AFJROTC Cadet. He was a role model to me when I looked forward to my career and personal calling. Even when he moved on to greater things in life, he never forgot me. And I will never forget him.

  20. CandleImageI knew Gierke since freshman year, we bumped heads alot but when I was Flight Commander a couple of weeks, he made it feel effortless because he had my back. He never had a negative day, always positive. He was apart of the corp family, every family needs a person like him. Forever our thoughts and prayers.

  21. When I was at Lejune with him, I wasn’t doing so well. I became depressed from all the trauma I endured as a kid and I didn’t know what to do and contemplated suicide. As I’m sitting outside, waiting to be called to formation, all by myself, I’m about to make a decision on how I’m gonna do it, that’s when I saw him. Gierke came over and Asked “hey man, you ok?” I told him I was fine, even though I wasn’t at all. He then told me “you don’t got to lie to me, what’s up?” I responded back with “You don’t know me, why do you care about me?” He told me “Well, I know who you are now” we talked and he listened to me. Because he just sat and talked with me, he saved my life. I’ll never be able to pay him back for what he did. I’ll always remember him, until Valhalla. Semper Fi

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