Tony John Sieler


April 3, 1939 - November 30, 2014


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. 



Tuesday, December 2, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service - 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, December 3, 2014
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
321 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Ralph Kurtenbach on December 4, 2014
One afternoon during the time I worked at KORN/KQRN Tony invited me along on a sales call to an implement dealership over by Emery. He drove his red Volkswagen bug.

We walked into the dealership and people were gathered around the lobby TV set, watching a special news report. President Reagan had been shot. (Just checked on Google and learned the date was March 30, 1981.)

Though I haven't seen him in decades, I miss him now and extend my sympathy to his loved ones.
Posted by Jackie Hess on December 4, 2014
Sorry to hear of Tony's passing. He was such a nice person Always had a smile and was glad to see you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Jackie and Tom Hess
Posted by Dennis Braa on December 3, 2014
I worked with Tony at Gambles in Mitchell. We had alot of fun and really enjoyed working with him.
Posted by Smajic Family on December 2, 2014
We pray for you and your family in these hard times.
Posted by Keith and Debbie Swensen on December 2, 2014
Our hearts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time
Posted by Diane on December 2, 2014
Tony was a great guy and wonderful friend when I worked at KORN. Also very supportive of my gymnastics program. He will be remembered fondly by myself and many others
Posted by Gary Kimm on December 1, 2014
I worked with Tony while at KORN/KQRN and always appreciated his presence. I think it's safe to say that not only was he a big man physically, but personally, as noted by his involvement in helping to make the world a better place to live. I am thankful he was part of my journey in life, and I'm sure many others are also. Thoughts and prayers with the family & friends. .
Posted by Joe Spielmann & Sheryl Wilson on December 1, 2014
Sorry to hear that Tony had passed. We enjoyed his friendship and he always had a joke or story. Betty & family out c.f. Ernest condolences.
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