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Richard F. Siefert


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Richard F. Siefert Obituary
August 7, 1932 - May 23, 2017 Died at home in Pasadena, after a six week battle with leukemia, surrounded by his family and the jazz of Miles Davis. He was 84. After graduating from Purdue University and The University of Pittsburgh MBA program, Dick became a successful businessman. He began his 20 year career with PPG as a chemist in his hometown of Shelbyville, Indiana - followed by opportunities in sales, marketing and corporate development in Chicago and Pittsburgh. His desire to reach California was realized in 1972 when he moved to San Marino to join Acme General and he later pursued an entrepreneurial path. Inspired by his association with Zimmerman Holdings, he purchased and was President of Texlon, Inc, a manufacturer of industrial fabrics. He previously led his own management consulting firm. Later, he embarked on assignments through IESC to share his knowledge as a pro bono consultant - promoting prosperity and stability through private enterprise - in Russia and the Czech Republic. He retired in 2014 as a business broker with Johnson & Associates Volunteer work was an integral part of his life. He significantly served and supported the Tournament of Roses, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Purdue University, Sigma Chi, Pasadena Senior Center, Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera as well as organizations supporting animal rights and safety. Always active, Dick avidly pursued cycling, fly fishing, duplicate bridge, wine tasting and was a 30 year member of 20th Century Round Table. He pursued many passions for decades, across the country (summer in Chautauqua, NY was a favorite) and around the world (European bike trips and fishing in Alaska and the Amazon) always with family or close friends. He was kind and a loyal, dedicated friend to many. A loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 53 years Martha "Molly" Whitten Siefert, his sons Todd Whitten Siefert, Peter Alexander Dellekamp Siefert and Richard Buckley Siefert, daughter-in-law Karen Lynn Kaminsky, grandsons Max Ari Siefert and Peter Aden Siefert, sister Sheila Siefert Bass, brother Thomas Siefert and his loyal cat, Miles. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pasadena Senior Center or the Pasadena Humane Society.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 4, 2017
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