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STEVEN A. SIEMION Steven A. Siemion was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1921, but spent most of his early years in Burlingame, California. Despite the tough times of the Great Depression, Steve held fond memories of his early life in the Bay Area, largely because of the support of his beloved mother, Marion. He was particularly proud of his place on the Burlingame High School football team. With the outbreak of World War II, Steve enlisted in the Army Air Corps (now the Air Force) and graduated from the pilot training program. While still stationed stateside, he met his beautiful bride-to-be, Muriel Linkey. Steve and Muriel were married shortly before he was sent overseas. Steve flew at least 15 types of aircraft, including the B-25 and P-38, both stateside and overseas. He was most proud of his service flying C-109 (modified B-24) cargo planes over the Himalayan "Hump" from India to China. Later in life, he often described the thrill of flying, while minimizing the danger of his transport missions in Asia. Steve never lost his fondness for the Air Force, and served actively and in the reserves until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1981. Steve left full-time active duty in 1947 in order to devote his life to his wife and family. Never straying far from the Long Beach airport at which Steve and Muriel were married, the family lived in Long Beach until Steve's retirement (with a brief hiatus in the suburban town of Covina during the 1950's). Most of Steve's career was spent in management within the welding equipment industry, primarily at the Lincoln Electric Company. During his tenure at Lincoln, Steve developed a genuine affection for his colleagues in the firm, whom he admired greatly. After his retirement from Lincoln and the Air Force reserve, Steve and Muriel lived in Cambria, California, Vandenburg Village (Lompoc) California, and Air Force Village West (Riverside), California. Muriel passed away in Riverside in 2003. In recent years, Steve had been living in Orange County, where he loved to be driven in the foothills' oak canyons or along the coast. Steve is survived by his son Steven James Siemion and his daughter Nancy Ann Heaps. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:00am at Miller-Jones Mortuary, Moreno Valley, California. Interment will follow at Riverside National Cemetery.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 12, 2014
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