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Norman Siekas

Oct. 1, 1919-Feb. 16, 2008

Norman O. Siekas, 88, of De-troit Lakes, died Saturday, Febru-ary 16, 2008 at his home, with his dedicated wife of 65 years by his side.

Norman Olaf Siekas was born to Arvid and Jennie (Houtari) Siekas on Oct. 1, 1919 in Han-cock, Mich. At age 12, he moved with his family to Tapiola, Mich., where he graduated from John Doelle High School in 1939. Norman moved to Detroit, Mich., in 1940, and started his career with Ex-Cell-O Corporation in 1941.

Norman married Marian I. Eg-gleston on July 1, 1942 in Detroit, Mich. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in August 1942, and graduated from OCS as a second lieutenant in 1943. As soldiers did, Norman had many destina-tions prior to landing in Leyte with the eighth wave of infantry, and the invasion of Okinawa with the first wave of infantry. First Lieutenant Norman Siekas was discharged from the Army in De-cember 1945.

Ex-Cell-O Corporation brought the paper milk carton into the Fargo area in 1948. In 1950 Norm was asked to move his wife and two young sons to the Fargo area. Norm traveled on many occasions to Minnesota and North Dakota and could have chosen numerous towns to plant roots, but fell in love with the beauty of Detroit Lakes. Norman retired from Ex-Cell-O Corporation in 1976 at the age of 55, and promptly went to work for Tri-State Heating Sup-ply. Norm leaned on his gift of gab to do sales for the next seven years, retiring in 1983.

Because Norm had such a strong desire to stay active, in and out of retirement, he also groomed dogs, worked for the Detroit Lakes Ambulance Service as an EMT, as a funeral assistant for David-Donehower Funeral Home and mowed lawn at Lake Five Resort until ill health forced him to slow down at age 82.

Norm was extremely proud of his Finnish heritage and of being a veteran who served his country with pride. Norm truly loved and lived life to the fullest, passing on his sharp sense of humor to his four children. He thoroughly en-joyed the outdoors and sports but his true passion in life was his family, especially the "young-sters." As Norm's health deterio-rated over the past few years, his family was in awe of his spirit and desire to live.

Norm is survived by his de-voted wife, Marian Siekas of De-troit Lakes; sons, Dennis Siekas of Detroit Lakes, Mike (LuAnn) Siekas of Crookston and David (Sharon) Siekas of Brainerd; a daughter, Gayle (Mike) Damlo of Detroit Lakes, 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; a sister, Leila (Robert) Malmstrom of La-vonia, Mich.; as well as a sister-in-law, Darlene Siekas of Hough-ton, Mich.

Preceding him in death were his parents and three brothers, Martin, Rueben and Peter.

Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in De-troit Lakes; there will be a Ma-sonic Service at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continues for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. David Peter-son officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery with mili-tary rites provided by John Bridges American Legion Post 15.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family.