Died June 29, 2012
Worland resident Ferdinand Gustav Siebert, as a result of heart failure, died in Worland on June 29, 2012. He was 86 years old.
Ferdinand was born in Betigela, Lithuania, a son of Ferdinand and Franziska Louise (Winkler) Siebert. He was raised and lived in Lithuania until his family fled to Poland and to Germany prior to World War II. While living in Germany, as the war raged, he was conscripted into the German army and was sent to France, where he was captured by the Allied forces.
After WWII Ferdinand, like many, was a displaced person. He had no way to obtain a career in war torn Germany, and Lithuania was behind the wall and controlled by communists. During this difficult time he met Wally Wunderlich, a widow with a young girl, and married her on April 22, 1950. They had another daughter during this time. Knowing Germany had no future for this new family they immigrated to the USA. A party to this immigration happened to be the Worland United Methodist Church, along with several ranches and families in the area.
In May of 1952, the four left their familiar world and traveled thousands of miles to land in Ten Sleep. The family later moved to Worland and three more children joined Ferdinand and Wally. It was with great fortitude and the assistance of friends and family that they changed not only their country of loyalty, but their language and a lot of their culture.
Ferdinand was active in the community including the Worland Oktoberfest and the Tyroleans. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed working with wood, creating many works of art.
Upon their retirement they moved to Thermopolis, but after Wally’s death Ferdinand returned to Worland. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and his brothers Arthur and Erwin Siebert, a grandson Dean Lehman and a granddaughter Lacey Siebert.
Ferdinand is survived by his children Margaret (Keith) NeVille of Cody and Monika Siebert of Willcox, Ariz., by his twin sons Frank (Joann) Siebert of Worland and Walt (Tonya) Siebert of Wright and Mike (Debbie) Siebert of Jackpot, Nev. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
At Ferdinand’s request cremation has taken place and the family is planning a celebration of his life at Sitting Bull Campground in the Big Horn Mountains, in late July.
Ferdinand’s children and grandchildren are proud to say they are related to him, proud to say that’s my dad, that’s my grandpa. Friends who knew Ferdinand are pleased to say they were a part of his great circle of life.
Memorials may be made to the New Hope Humane Society at P.O. Box 1704, Worland, WY 82401.