Tony John Sieler was born April 8, 1939, in Yankton to Raymond and Mathilda "Tillie" (Wuestewald) Sieler. He attended school in Volin and Lake Andes and, for a time, at Notre Dame Academy in Mitchell. He worked various jobs through his early adulthood, including construction, TV repair and driving truck. He worked in South Dakota and Oklahoma.
On June 27, 1959, he wed Betty Louise Hawn of Kimball. They were married 55 years and raised six children. From 1963 to 1972, he worked as a salesman in the appliance department at Gambles. In 1969, he began construction work on his own home in Mitchell, and he and Betty completed the work themselves. It was a task they would repeat several times in their lives, as they oversaw construction on homes of two of their children, as well as renovations of rental homes in Mitchell. In 1972, he joined KORN Radio of Mitchell as an account executive, a position from which he retired 32 years later.
He spent his adult life raising children, watching his grandchildren's activities and committing himself to public service.
He was a member of the Mitchell Toastmasters Club, serving as president from 1968 to 1970, and serving as governor of Toastmasters District 41 from 1970-71. He was a member of the Mitchell Jaycees, and eventually served as president of the local chapter and, later, as state PR chairman. He was a member of boards of directors for YMCA, Salvation Army and the Volunteers of Mitchell. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce board, and served on various subcommittees for that organization. He was president of the Whittier School PTO from 1979 to 1980. He was a member of the fundraising committee that generated funds for Cadwell Park Stadium, which is fitting, considering his great interest in local sports and especially in the various extracurricular activities of his children and grandchildren. He was wheelchair-bound in his final years, but still tried to attend events. He was an elected member of the Mitchell City Council and, later, of the Mitchell Board of Education.
Tony is survived by his wife, Betty, of Mitchell; son Mark (Loretta) Sieler, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughter Julie (Mel) Olson, of Mitchell; daughter Marica (Patrick) Shannon, of Mitchell; son Daniel (Lori) Sieler, of Sioux Falls; daughter Bonnie (Freddy) Ellis, of Mitchell; daughter Cheryl (Korrie) Wenzel, of Grand Forks, N.D.; and 13 grandchildren. He also is survived by four siblings: Linda Sieler, William Sieler, Ruth (Merle) Koedam and Sandra Sieler. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers: Frank, Albert and Raymond.
The Lord today has an enthusiastic and able-bodied carpenter -- at last free from earthly physical burdens -- to serve Him.