James Thomas Sievers (1962 - 2013)

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Funeral services for James T. Sievers, 51, were held on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington, Iowa. Pastor Maureen Howard and Pastor Doug Opp officiated. Honorary casket bearers were David Wilson, Boniface Mkini, Kurt Lovetzoe, Rob Negrete, Gary Frahm, Brian Galusha, Rhett Peek, Dan Stipe and Tom Lyons. Pauley Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements
James Thomas Sievers "Jim" was born on Sept. 23, 1962 to Lowell and Norma (Christensen) Sievers in Clinton.  He was baptized and confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church in Andover.  He attended school in Miles, and graduated from East Central High School with the Class of 1981.  He went on to obtain his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1985.
On Dec. 28, 1985, Jim was united in marriage to Lynette Mommsen in Preston.  There were two children born to them: Kelsey and Brad.
Jim was a gentle, faith-filled man with a heart for service.
Mission trips to Mississippi and Haiti were among the highlights of his life.  He was a friend to all and never spoke an unkind word.  He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.  He loved watching sports on television and rarely missed a Cubs, Bears, or Cyclones game.  He was a past member of the Morning Optimists club in Washington.  Most of all, Jim loved spending time with his family.
Jim worked as an Environmental Specialist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for twenty-four years and had recently decided to change careers and go back to school.  He was a currently a student at Des Moines Area Community College.
After a year-long struggle with depression, Jim died on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, having attained the age of fifty-one years, one month, and five days.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Norma.
He is survived by his wife of nearly twenty-eight years, Lynette Sievers of Audubon; daughter Kelsey Sievers of Washington; son Brad Sievers of Fort Collins, Colo.; close family friends Boniface Mkini of Ames, and Rhett Peek of Riverside; brothers John L. Sievers and his wife Connie of Clinton, David Sievers and his wife Rosemary of Miles, and Paul Sievers of Clinton; sisters Janie and her husband John Moody of Corvalis, Ore. and Susan and her husband Terry Farrow of Pendleton, Ore.; other family members and many friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Nov. 8 to Nov. 15, 2013
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