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Walter "Walt" Whitney Siemens, Jr.

June 16, 1942 November 15, 2019
Walter "Walt" Whitney Siemens, Jr.
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Obituary for Walter "Walt" Whitney Siemens, Jr.
Walter “Walt” Whitney Siemens, Jr., 77, of Freeport, passed peacefully at home on Friday, November 15, 2019. He was born June 16, 1942 in Pecatonica, the son of Walter Whitney Siemens, Sr. and Marie Violet (Canfield) Siemens. He attended Pecatonica Schools. Walt married Patricia “Pat” Ann Viel on August 16, 1969 at the Pecatonica United Methodist Church and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He completed the journeyman carpentry apprenticeship training program; was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 792 in Rockford. He worked as a finishing carpenter for Chet Swanstrom, Dale Lawrence & Chip Smith, and Bennett Construction. He later opened his own business “The Swinging Door Doctor”. He always had an affinity for plants and flowers. Walt and Pat owned and operated Siemens Greenhouse in Ridott, which many visited annually.

Walt is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pat Siemens of Freeport; sons, Steven Siemens of Freeport, Kevin Siemens of Freeport; daughter, Marcella “Marcy” Siemens Russell of Cherry Valley; brothers, Russell (Marlene) Siemens of Pecatonica, Donald (Linda) Siemens of Lebanon, TN, Gerald (Susan) Siemens of Pecatonica; sister, Rosie (George) Solem of Pecatonica; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; several nephews and nieces, and his special dog Carson.

Walt is predeceased by his parents; in-laws, Harm F. and Lois A. Viel; sister, Mary Katherine Siemens; half-brother, Richard Horner; son-in-law, Jeffrey Russell; brother-in-law, Gene Viel; nephews, Todd Siemens, Carey Coleman.

Memorial service 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019, at German Valley United Methodist Church, 7 Main St., German Valley with Pastor Donald Plock officiating. Memorial visitation 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2019, at Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago. Cremation rites accorded. A memorial will be established. For an online obituary and tributes go to
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Memorial Visitation




4:00 PM 11/22/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/22/2019 7:00:00 PM
Genandt Funeral Home

602 N. Elida St.
Winnebago, IL 61088

Cremation rites accorded.

Genandt Funeral Home
602 N. Elida St. Winnebago 61088 IL
United States

Memorial Service




11:00 AM 11/23/2019 11:00:00 AM
German Valley United Methodist Church

7 Main St.
German Valley, IL 61039

German Valley United Methodist Church
7 Main St. German Valley 61039 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

A memorial will be established.


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