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Francis Lyle "Pete" Sieren, age 86, formerly of 718 South James St., Ottumwa, Iowa died January 23, 2018 at Vista Woods Care Center after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimers.
Francis was born December 12, 1931 in Sigourney, Iowa at home to August and Clara Becker Sieren.
He attended Sigourney High School and worked for Fred Dupee the telephone guy. He then went to work for Superior Electric on a traveling electrical line crew.
He met the love of his life, Dolly Ann, at a Dance Hall on the Missouri/Iowa Line. It took a while for him to win her over, but he finally did and they were married. They were later re-married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ottumwa, Iowa on March 30, 1953 at his mother's request. He was drafted into the Army in October 1952. They moved to Fort Riley, KS where he trained troops on the rifle range for the Korean conflict. After finishing his service in 1954, it was recommended that he move to a warmer climate due to health issues and they relocated to New Mexico with their daughter Nina. He moved back to Ottumwa, Iowa in 1955 and worked for Norris Construction. Within a year, he started working for Iowa Southern Utilities as a lineman. He worked for Iowa Southern Utilities until his retirement in 1994. He loved his work at Iowa Southern Utilities. He moved through the ranks from lineman to Superintendent of the Ottumwa District. However, his most favorite role was as a Crew Foreman and working with his "boys". He loved his crew. Those "boys" grew up with him and he taught them, mentored them and protected them. They were family to him. He was instrumental in the building of the substations in this area. After his retirement, he received many a call to come down to the service center to help the guys read the substation plans and provide insight on how they were constructed.
After retirement, Pete and Dolly spent their time at auctions buying and selling antiques. Pete was a master at fixing old clocks, radios and jukeboxes. He was known around town as "Papa Tick Tock" and was the go to guy for anything related to clocks. He was Bookin Jewelry's go to guy for clocks until he moved into assisted living in 2012.
Pete was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and a life member of Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.
Pete was preceded in death by his wife, Dolly who died in 2007, his son Michael who died in 2005, his parents, August and Clara and his brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Mary Louise Sieren.
Pete cared deeply for his family and couldn't wait to spend time with them. He grinned ear to ear every time he was with them. He is survived by his two daughters Nina Brawner (Jim) of Centerville, IA and Julia Thuman (Tom) of Prosper, TX ; daughter-in-law Kathy Sieren, Ottumwa, Iowa; seven grandchildren Tisha Constien (Corey), Chad Rupe (Julie), Allyson Brawner, Matthew Sieren, Lisa Cushatt (Josh), Lauren Thuman and Taylor Thuman; ten great grandchildren Jacob Constien, Lacey Constien, Courtney Constien, Caroline Rupe, Charlie Rupe, Joslynn Cushatt, Michaela Cushatt, Ezra Cushatt, Lorelai Cushatt and Ava Thuman; a brother, John (Joan) Sieren of Sigourney; a sister, Margaret (Bill) Bender of Sigourney; sister-in-law, Sue Burton..
Pete's celebration of life will begin with an open visitation at Reece Funeral Home at 1 p.m. on Friday January 26 with family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a Christian Wake at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday January 27, 2018. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Sigourney, Iowa with military services conducted by American Legion Post #19 of Sigourney. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Serving Davis and Wapello Counties.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Doug Techel, Angie Wickencamp and staff at Prairie Hills and Ron Stursma, Tracy Hatfield and staff at Vista Woods Care Center, and Hospice Serving Davis and Wapello Counties for their incredible care, compassion and friendship they provided to our Dad. Also a very special thank you to Nancy Crasper and Eunice Graham for the care and compassion they provided to our Dad on a daily basis as his companions and caretakers.
Published on January 24, 2018
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