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Gene Sigfrid

d. November 4, 2012

Gene Sigfrid

Gene E. Sigfrid, age 92, of Portland, Oregon, formerly of Parkers Prairie, died Sunday, November 4, 2012, at an assisted living center in Gresham, Oregon.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 10, 2012, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Rev. Jon Sorum officiating. Music will be provided by organist, Dean Swanson and vocalist, Dedra Zwieg. Burial will take place at Parkers Prairie Cemetery. Full military honors will be provided by the Parkers Prairie American Legion Post #219 and Minnesota Honor Guard.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Gene Edward Sigfrid was born June 3, 1920, to Edward and Elsie (Johnson) Sigfrid in Parkers Prairie, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. He attended Parkers Prairie Public Schools where he was very active in the music program. He played trumpet in the band, sang in the choir and was part of a men's sextet singing group. He graduated in 1938. Following his education, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in January of 1941. He played trumpet in the Army band until the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was then assigned to a field artillery division where he served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, Gene returned to live in Alexandria, Minnesota, and worked at the Great Lakes Pipeline. He was united in marriage to Geneva Blake in 1948. To this union, three sons were born, Gene, Jr., Steven and Bruce. In 1956, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he worked until retirement. Following retirement, Gene spent summers in Parkers Prairie where he enjoyed time spent with family. He was a former member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. Gene was especially fond of music. He enjoyed Big Band music and playing trumpet while in the Army band.

Gene is survived by two sons, Gene, Jr. (Janet) Sigfrid of Corbett, Oregon and Steven Sigfrid of Deer Creek, Minnesota; a sister, Donna Sigfrid of Parkers Prairie; a brother, Robert Sigfrid of Lead, South Dakota; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Bruce and brother, Darol.


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