Wayne Henry Siggelkow, 84, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. Wayne was a successful farmer, an avid hunter, trapper, fisherman and conservationist.
He resided on the Wapsie Circle S Ranch near Fairbank, Iowa, all his life, where he built his home featuring a room with a view of the prairie sunsets. Born Jan. 12, 1929, to Emory and Mabel (Niebuhr) Siggelkow. He served in the Army Ready Reserve (active status) during the Korean War from 1951-1953 and transferred to the Army Reserve (rifle division) until 1957. Wayne married Arnola Wendland on June 26, 1955, and raised three daughters.
In addition to crops, his farming operation included hogs and cattle. Wayne introduced Scotch Highland cattle to Iowa and for many years maintained the largest fold in the Midwest. One of his many passions was hunting, including expeditions to Alaska, Canada and the Western states during which he bagged a moose, caribou and a Kodiak bear with his antique muzzleloader. He was a great conservationist and steward of the land. He shared his love of wildlife and fishing with his 11 grandchildren. Wayne enjoyed traveling, visiting all 50 states and several foreign countries.
Wayne was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Fairbank Historical Society, the American Legion, the Iowa 4-H Foundation, and several agriculture, conservation and wildlife organizations. He enjoyed playing cards and hosting Fourth of July celebrations for family and friends.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 58 years, Arnola; daughters Carol (Steven) Risting, Indianapolis, Ind.; Jane (Jeffrey) Stautz, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Mary Beth (Ravi) Alagar, Pittsburgh, Pa; and 11 grandchildren, Jonathan and Jennifer Risting; Amy, Andrew and Alan (AJ) Stautz; Saraswati, Rajan, Krishnan, Indra, Jaya, and Balaji Alagar; sisters Bernice Brannon, Lucedale, Miss., and Norma Ivey, Willis, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, Aug. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fairbank, Iowa, with burial in the Fairbank Cemetery with military rites conducted by Fortsch Duffy Post 552. Visitation will be on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 4-7 p.m. at Woods Funeral Home in Fairbank, Iowa.