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Robert L. Siemsen

POSTED: May 21, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Robert L. Siemsen, 75, Holyrood, passed away May 20, 2014, in Lyons.

 He was born Nov. 14, 1938, in Ellsworth to Henry and Leora (Johansen) Siemsen. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, he was raised on a farm in rural Holyrood.  Robert attended grade school and high school in Holyrood, graduating in 1956. He was a farmer and stockman and a member of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Holyrood. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy for three years aboard the USS Gunston Hall. 
On Oct. 21, 1956, he married Jo Ann Strube in Holyrood. They had four children. She passed away Feb. 17, 1971. He was also preceded in death by his parents.
On Oct. 28, 1979, he married Judith Mehl in Holyrood. She survives. 
Other survivors include sons Steve and wife, Sherry, of Holyrood and Roger and wife, Jeni, of Salina; daughters Deborah Volavka and husband, Mike, of Caldwell, Julie Nienke and husband, Bob, of Lorraine, Sheila Nather and husband, Paul, of Timken and Sheri Yager and husband, Brian, of Great Bend; 20 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and brothers Bruce and wife Donna of Holyrood and Dale of Austin, Texas.
 Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m.  Wednesday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Holyrood, with burial following in the church cemetery.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the church, the Siemsen Family Scholarship or Alzheimers Association,  all in c/o Parsons Funeral Home, P.O. Box 45, Ellsworth Kan. 67439.

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