Walter P. Sieg

TRUMAN – Funeral services for Walter P. Sieg, 97, of Truman, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Church-South Branch, rural St. James, Minn. Interment will be held in the church cemetery.

Walter died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Zaharia Family Funeral and Cremation Service of Truman, and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Walter Paul Sieg was born July 11, 1916, on a farm northwest of Truman, to Herman and Mathilda (Krenz) Sieg. He was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church-South Branch where he was baptized, confirmed and attended. Walter completed the 8th grade at St. John’s and the local district school. On Sept. 1, 1948, Walter was united in marriage to Nina Reckard. Nina died in 1996. They farmed northwest of Truman their entire lives. His farm was a Century farm, built and farmed by his father, 94 years were spent on this farm. When his health declined, the St. James Good Samaritan Nursing Home stepped in and provided excellent care to Walt since 2011. He built airplanes and was a licensed pilot. Over the years, he also owned planes and did stunts like wing walking. Walter was a charter member of the International Flying Farmers. He loved people and was always first to ask, “What’s your name?” Walter was chosen king of the nursing home in 2012 and rode on their float in the St. James parade.

Walter is survived by his grateful children, Lee Sieg (Beth) of Truman, and Judy Nuese (Daniel) of White Bear Lake; his loving grandchildren, Tammy Hilliard (Michael), Sharon Juntunen, Debra Behrens (Ben), Jeffrey Sieg (Carmen), Jeni Sieg (Daniel), and Matthew Sieg; four adored great-grandchildren, Jorge and Nick Sieg, Sienna Juntunen and Chance Salazar; special loved ones from Slovakia, Martina Stupkova and Vlado Kurpas; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.