Allen G. Siefkes

Allen G. Siefkes
Date of Birth: April 17, 1934
Died on: November 12, 2021

Allen G. Siefkes, 87, of Hecla, SD, died Friday, November 12, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, SD.

Allen Gene Siefkes was born April 17, 1934, to John and Helen (Bruns) Siefkes on the family farm near Hecla. He grew up on the farm and attended rural schools. Allen was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church on May 6th, 1934, and was later confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church on March 21, 1948. He graduated from Hecla High School in 1952.

Allen served in the US Army from January 4th, 1955 until Dec 24, 1956. He was with the US Army Corp of Engineers for 18 months in Alaska with 813th Engineer Aviation Battalion at Elmendorf Air Force Base. Part of that time was at Tin City, (near Wales) at the extreme western tip of Alaska. He helped build runways for the Air Force. One of the construction jobs was in sight of Russia, next to the International Date Line.     

Allen was united in marriage to Karen Knecht in Aberdeen, SD. They made their home on the Siefkes farm. He farmed for about 50 years, and lived all of his life, except for military time, in the house that he was born in.

Allen was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hecla. He served on various boards, including North Brown School, was a founding member of Oakes Vocational School Board, and spent over 30 years with DeSmet Farm Mutual Insurance Co.

Allen was a certified pilot and loved to travel. He and Karen have been to over forty states, eleven countries and a number of Caribbean Islands. They have visited his great-grandparent’s grave in Germany. They have seen the remnants of a Holocaust concentration camp and have toured the Alps in Austria and Switzerland as well as the Andes Mountains of South America and have toured the magnificent mountains of Alaska including Denali, the highest peak in North America. They have been to one of the magnificent cathedrals in France. They have seen some of Simon Bolivar’s memorials in Venezuela and Colombia, and went to South America where two grandchildren were born. They have visited the Mayan ruins in Mexico as well as the beauty of Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada.  Allen’s motto was to “Do what I could, with what I have.”

Grateful for having shared Allen’s life are his wife, Karen Siefkes, of Hecla; his children: David (Carmen) Siefkes, Bath, SD, Richard (Pamela) Siefkes, Bath, SD, Dustin (Kelly) Siefkes, Lake Orion, MI, and Dana (Rob) Lewis, Redfield, SD; grandchildren: Collin (Starla) Siefkes, Aberdeen, SD, Corey (Heather) Siefkes, Bath, SD, Caitlin (Gary) Siefkes, Sturgis, SD, Katie (John) Kroll, Bath, SD, Kara (Josh) Lunzman, Aberdeen, SD, Brianna (Ian) Alverson, Watertown, SD, Hailey (Jordan) Marquardt, Alexandria, SD, Murphy, Jack, and Turner Lewis, Redfield, SD; 15 great-grandchildren; his brother Roger(Bev) Siefkes, Boise, ID; and his sister-in-law, Linda Siefkes, Aberdeen, SD.

Preceding Allen in death are his parents, John and Helen Siefkes and brother, Erwin ‘Erv’ Siefkes, and niece Traci Siefkes, Boise, Idaho.

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