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Paul J. Siepker

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Paul J. Siepker, 76

Paul J Siepker was born on September 19, 1935 to George Michael Siepker and Mary Jane (Bengfort) Siepker in Des Moines, Iowa. He died on June 24, 2012 in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Paul was a member of Visitation Parish until he reached his middle years. Then he was a member of Holy Trinity Parish until his retirement in 1999. He served as an usher in both parishes and he was well known by many members. He was currently a member of St. Peter The Fisherman Parish in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Paul attended the Des Moines public school system and following his school years began working at the Des Moines General Hospital in the non-medical staff. He worked there for the next forty-three years earning high accolades from the hospital administration. His high work ethics and willingness to perform any and all tasks were repeatedly recognized and in his later years he was honored with a life size photo of him in the hospital main entrance.

In 1999 Des Moines General Hospital was undergoing extensive reorganization and it became apparent that his work would soon end. At that time, he decided to retire and move to Mountain Home, Arkansas to live with his cousin Bernard Siepker and his wife Maria Gomez.

Paul enjoyed fishing and was a fan of baseball, basketball and football. He travelled extensively having taken a cruise to Alaska, the Panama Canal Zone and the holy city of Jerusalem. He enjoyed vacations at Spirit Lake, Iowa and visiting with his extended family in Templeton and the Carroll Iowa area. He always liked animals and was a supporter of the North Central Arkansas Humane Society and Turpentine Creek large animal refuge near Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Paul demonstrated all through his life what someone with limited mental abilities can accomplish and he always learned as much as he possibly could. Paul found joy leaving his estate to the "Adopt a Student Fund" at Dowling High School in Des Moines. Because of his strong Catholic faith, he wanted to contribute to the next generation's Catholic education and aid to those yet unseen and untapped talents that will be needed in the future.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1974 and his mother in 1991. He is survived by many cousins in Iowa and California, Florida and Arkansas.

Funeral arrangements are at the Westover Funeral Home, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines, Iowa at 11:30 AM on Friday, June 29, 2012. Donations in his name may be made to the North Central Arkansas Humane Society and/or the Turpentine Creek animal refuge.

Published in Baxter Bulletin on June 26, 2012
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