Paul J. Siepker
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Mountain Home, AR
Paul J. Siepker, 76, formerly of Des Moines, passed from this life on Sunday, June 24, 2012 in Mountain Home, Arkansas. A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 29, at Iles Funeral Homes, Westover Chapel in Des Moines. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery, in Des Moines.
Paul was born on September 19, 1935 in Des Moines, Iowa, to George Michael and Mary Jane (Bengfort) Siepker. He 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. Paul 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.
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 43 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, Paul 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, Paul 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 traveled extensively having taken a cruise to Alaska, the Panama Canal Zone and the holy city of Jerusalem. Paul 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 can accomplish with limited mental abilities 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. Paul is survived by many cousins in Iowa, California, Florida and Arkansas.
The family respectfully requests that any memorial contributions be made in Paul Siepker's name to: The North Central Arkansas Humane Society - 2656 Hwy. 201 North; Mountain Home, AR 72653 and/or the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge - 239 Turpentine Creek Lane; Eureka Springs, AR 72632.
Iles Funeral Home - Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322
Published in Des Moines Register from June 27 to June 29, 2012