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Robert Henry Siegel

Mon, Apr 1st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Robert Henry Siegel, 91, of Chatfield, Minn., died Tuesday March 26, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Robert was born Oct. 12, 1921, in Chatfield, to Hugo W. and Clara Mae (Henry) Siegel. He graduated from Chatfield High School in 1939, and graduated from St. Olaf College in 1943, after completing the ROTC training. He played varsity baseball in college as a pitcher. Robert joined the Marine Corp officer training and became a captain. He served in the South Pacific during World War II. He married Virginia Potter Siegel on Dec. 24, 1943. They were married for 67 years. They lived in Chatfield, Rapid City, S.D. and Blaine, Minn. They returned to Chatfield when Robert retired from Hardy Salt Corporation as a regional sales manager. He had previously worked for Rochester Dairy and National Butter.

Robert was a very long term active member of the Chatfield United Methodist Church and the Gideons International. He was a member of the church choir and the Chatfield American Legion. He was a very good golfer and worked to create the Chatfield golf course. He loved to garden and especially enjoyed rose gardening. He liked watching the Twins play baseball.

He is survived by his four sons, Bill (Claudia) of Rio Rancho, N.M.; Jim (Marcia) of Austin, Minn; Jon (Jane) of Bothell, Wash.; and Tom of Jacksonville, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty (Dr. Robert) Campion of Lake City, Minn.

He was preceeded in death by his wife, parents and a sister.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 2 at the Chatfield United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Debra Jen Collum officiating. Military rites were performed by the Chatfield American Legion, Post #6913. Burial will be at a later date in the Chatfield Cemetery.

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