SIGMUND JOHN WUTKIEWICZ -- ESSEX JUNCTION - Sigmund "Siggy" John Wutkiewicz, age 69, died on Jan. 11, 2013, due to complications from cancer. He will be remembered for his commitment to service, his singular sense of humor, his adventurous spirit and his love for his family. Siggy was born in 1943 in Jamaica, N.Y., to Sigmund and Mary Wutkiewicz. Sadly, Siggy never knew his father, a private in the U.S. Marine Corps
who was killed in the battle of Iwo Jima. His mother eventually remarried, and the family spent the remainder of his childhood in Manorville, N.Y. Siggy received a Bachelor's of Science degree at Bethany College, where he studied chemistry and biology and met his first wife, Judith. In 1966 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He trained at the Marine Corps Air Station in New River, N.C., and at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., before he went to Vietnam in 1967 as a second lieutenant. He flew medical helicopters in Vietnam, among other duties, achieving the rank of captain before leaving active service in 1970. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the Air Medal (23 strike/flight awards). Following his military career, Siggy lived in Gillette, N.J., with his growing family. He became a special agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration from 1971 until his retirement in 1995, working on several high-profile cases in New York City and Newark, N.J., before continuing his career in Burlington. Living in Essex Junction since 1986, Siggy loved Vermont and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Guests in his home were treated to a large collection of taxidermy animals as well as many colorful stories about their origins. After retirement, Siggy often traveled around the country with his second wife, Kathleen, whom he met through his involvement with the Boy Scouts. He was a friendly, social man who loved meeting new people and prioritized connecting with his fellow servicemen. Siggy's son, Scott Wutkiewicz, predeceased him in 1995. He leaves behind his wife, Kathleen Wutkiewicz; his brother, Andy Waski; his son and daughter-in-law, Rusty and Yolanda Wutkiewicz; his daughter, Kimberly Wutkiewicz; stepchildren, Matt and Heather Rosencrance, Donny and RaeCarol Thomas and Tom Bumby; his former wife, Judith Marsh; as well as seven grandchildren, Matt, Angela, Donny, Kimmy, Cole, Joey and Anna Clare; and four great-grandchildren, Cheyann, Chloe, Charlotte and Kathryn. Arrangements are in the care of Stephen C. Gregory and Sons Cremation Services of Shelburne. A memorial service will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.