First Congregational Church
540 S Commonwealth Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
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C. Vernon Siegner

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C. Vernon Siegner Obituary
October 15, 1920 - December 20, 2016 Clarence Vernon "Vern" Siegner died peacefully on December 20, 2016 at age 96. Born in Seattle in 1920, he and his mother moved often for work after his father died when Vern was two years old. In 1938, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey as a fireman, surveying the then-unexplored portions of the southern coast of Alaska. He was enthralled with the stories he heard from retired Alaska gold rush miners he met at the Old Pioneers Home in Sitka. Upon his discharge, he worked as a sheet metal worker at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, while attending college classes. During World War II he joined the Army and was assigned to the 60th Depot Repair Squadron, a highly skilled group trained to provide maintenance support for military aircraft. In October 1943 his squadron was sent to New Guinea where they provided support for A-26 and B-25 aircraft on combat missions. The Squadron was later moved to Biak Island to support Army Air Corps units. Vern's passion for education and outgoing personality led him to a career in teaching. He received his B.A. from Central Washington State College, where he met his wife Marijane Highsmith. He taught in the Seattle public schools for many years. He received his M.S. degree from Oregon State University in 1955 in psychology and industrial education and his Ed.D. in 1961 from the University of Northern Colorado. Vern taught at several colleges, including Colorado State University, and Peru State College in Nebraska from 1961 to 1975, where he eventually became Dean of the Department of Applied Arts and Technology. He wrote a textbook, "Art Metals." Vern moved to California in 1975 and taught for Southern Illinois University at Norton Air Force Base in a program for military students, then evaluated courses for the U.S. Navy in San Diego until his retirement in 1987. He and Marijane retired to Vancouver, WA where they lived until her death in 2002. He returned to Southern California in 2003 and loved exploring Los Angeles from his home at Park La Brea. He later moved to St. John of God retirement home in the West Adams district. He moved to his daughter's home in Oakton, VA in 2015. He is survived by his daughters Jodi of Los Angeles and Meg of Virginia, granddaughter Chloe Swan of Virginia, grandson Brian Swan of Hawaii, their spouses, great-granddaughter Heidi Swan, and many, many friends. Vern's ashes were interred at Alexandria (VA) National Cemetery on December 29, 2016 with military honors. A memorial service will be held on February 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Shatto Chapel at First Congregational Church, 540 S. Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the USO.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, 2017
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