The Free Press, Mankato, MN

October 31, 2012

Kenneth Henry Siebels


—  Kenneth Henry Siebels, age 88, of Garden City, MN, peacefully went home to his heavenly Father on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at the Trimont Health Care Center. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 3, at 1:00 p.m. at  the Garden City Christian Church with Rev. Deb Bandel officiating.   Visitation will be on Friday from 4-8  p.m. at Lake Crystal Mortuary and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.    Burial will be at the Garden City Cemetery.  Lake Crystal Mortuary is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Garden City Christian Church, Trimont Health Care Center, or the donor's choice.

   Ken was born in Buffalo Township, Campbell, NE, on June 20, 1924, to Henry and Hilda (Nitzel) Siebels.  Ken attended Franklin County Country School and farmed with his dad in Nebraska.  In 1940 he moved with his family to a farm by Vernon Center where he again farmed in partnership with his dad.  On November 10, 1951, he married Romelia Grant.  They later divorced.  While farming Ken was very active in his local churches mens ministries and he was also active in politics and the National Farmers Organization.  He loved John Deere tractors!  Ken left farming in 1973 and with his welding skills went to work for Jones Metal Products where he was a proud member of the SMWIA Local #10 until his retirement in 1989.  On July 5, 1979 he married Darcy Olson.  They later divorced.  Ken was always one to stay busy, he delivered the Sunday Star Tribune every Sunday morning regardless of weather for 30 years and after retirement he drove school van for the Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial School District and had his own lawn mowing business.  In December 2008, Ken moved to the Trimont Health Care Center.  A man of faith, Ken served as an elder in the Christian Church of Garden City and also sang in the choir.  He had a beautiful voice and loved to sing, especially the old hymns.  He was very active with the Fair Share Food Program and in 1994 was honored with the Outstanding Senior Award.  Ken was very proud of his family and loved when they were all together for family celebrations.  He even pulled out his harmonica and played some favorites at his 86th birthday party.

   Ken is survived by his six children: Mark (Virginia) Siebels, Lori (Don) Waylett, John Siebels, Amy Eich (Jason Hugie), Heidi (Patrick) Doll, and Paul (Diana) Siebels; seven grandchildren: Erica Imrie, Mark Carducci, Audra Waylett, Emily Eich, and Christopher, Lyam, and Bill Doll; two great-grandsons: Kellen Elijah Imrie and Dominic Xavier Carducci; and one nephew, Gary (Ardis) Gens.  He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Brady Jensen, and sister, Velma Bottomfield.