Edgar Frederick "Fred" Siegfriedt

SIEGFRIEDT, EDGAR FREDERICK "FRED," 91, died peacefully Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the Episcopal Church Home in Louisville.

He moved to Louisville from South Dakota where he was born and reared. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1943, where he was president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house. During World War II, he served in the US Army in Europe and was awarded the Silver Star for heroism. He also served in the South Dakota National Guard during the Korean conflict.

Fred was a "people person," an organizer, a go-getter. As a member of the Rapid City Jaycees, he staged a temporary illumination of Mount Rushmore that led to the glorious lighting seen there today. In Louisville, Fred joined an advertising agency and quickly became a partner. The company became Fessell, Siegfriedt & Moeller, serving clients nationwide. From the mid-sixties until his retirement in 1985, Fred was president of the firm.

The son of an Episcopal minister, Fred was an active member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, serving several terms on the parish vestry. He volunteered with the Prison Fellowship Ministry at the Kentucky State Reformatory, was a national leader for Faith Alive!, and stepped in as a fulltime consultant with the South American Missionary Society when the need arose. Fred served as Commodore of the Louisville Sailing Club.

Fred lost his wife of 64 years, Joan, last September.

Survivors include their children, Sarajane Siegfriedt of Seattle, WA; William E. Siegfriedt (Roberta) of Evanston, IL; and Katharine Siegfriedt-Wilson (Gregory) of Louisville; and five grandchildren, Kerry Gutknecht, of Washington, D.C., Gordon Siegfriedt of San Francisco, CA, Morgan Siegfriedt of Evanston, Julia Siegfriedt-Wilson of Chicago, IL and Heidi Siegfriedt-Wilson Ameli (Gieve) of Walnut Creek, CA.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013 at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 330 N. Hubbards Ln. A lunch reception will be held at noon following the service, at the Episcopal Church Home, 7504 Westport Road.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Matthews Episcopal Church, or Faith Alive!, PO Box 51776, Albuquerque, NM, 87181, faithalive.org

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Published in The Courier-Journal on Apr. 27, 2013