John “Zippy” Siewert, age 85, of Gaylord died unexpectedly Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Arlington.
Memorial Service will be Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 11:00 A.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be Monday, January 13, 2020, from 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord.
Military Honors by the Manthey-Asmus American Legion Post #433.
John “Zippy” William Siewert was born on February 12, 1934, in Hamburg, Minnesota. He was the son of William and Agnes (Grochow) Siewert. John was baptized as an infant at home on February 12, 1934, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 21, 1948, at Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hamburg. He received his education in Gaylord and was a graduate of the Gaylord High School Class of 1952.
In 1954, John entered active military service in the United States Army and served as a cook. He was Honorably Discharged in 1956.
On April 29, 1956, John was united in marriage to Mavis Rowland at the United Church of Christ in Gaylord. After their marriage, the couple resided in rural Gaylord where he worked as a farmhand on his uncle’s farm. They moved into town and became lifelong residents. This union was blessed with two children, Kari and Todd. John then worked at the Farmers Union Co-op and then as a postal worker in Gaylord for 30 years, retiring as Postmaster in 1992. Ironically, his brother, Gene, was a veteran UPS driver. John and Mavis shared 63 years of marriage.
John was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, serving in a variety of roles at Immanuel, including chief potato grinder for the Men’s Club pancake breakfast. He was fond of singing with the church choir and as a soloist, along with being a member of the Immanuel Singers Quartet. He was an original member of the Sibley County Choral Society and was looking forward to their 40th season. As a member of the Manthey-Asmus American Legion Post #433 in Gaylord, he served on the Honor Guard. He will be remembered as an active member of Sertoma, both local and at the district level. John volunteered as a driver for Trailblazer Transit and most recently with the Sibley County Veterans Office. He also drove the Gaylord Hub to Hutchinson for its weekly printings, which gave him first dibs for fish photo ops in the Show and Tell corner of the paper. Over the last 25 years, he was involved with the Foot Stool Project for the Sibley County Kindergarten students.
Zippy enjoyed crafting in his recliner, lake fishing, tinkering with new Zippy inventions, ice fishing, making wooden nativity scenes, shore fishing, bowling, making fleece hats for student athletes, and oh, did we mention fishing?! He followed his Grandpa Siewert’s old adage of “all your time on water isn’t charged against your time on earth.” John cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He was an avid ‘bleacher creature’ for many of their sporting and musical events. He also loved spending time with his first great-granddaughter ‘Owie’.
John died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at the Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center in Arlington at the age of 85 years. A life well lived in accordance with the words of Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…” Blessed be his memory.
John is survived by his:
Wife, Mavis Siewert of Gaylord, MN;
Children, Kari Evans of Henderson, MN;
Todd Siewert and his husband, Bill Roehl of San Francisco, CA;
Grandchildren, Brian Evans and life partner, Kari Mosel of Seattle, WA; Marcus Evans and his significant other, Jewel Machulis of Gaylord, MN; and Erin (Evans) Arnst and her husband, Adam of Henderson, MN;
Great-granddaughter, Oren Elisabeth Arnst;
Sister-in-law, Lois Siewert of Hamburg, MN;
Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.
John was preceded in death by his Parents, William and Agnes Siewert; Son-in-law, Duane Evans; Brother, Gene Siewert; and his stillborn twin sister.