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2000 47th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80634
Phone: 970-353-1212
Fax: 970-353-4881
James Sievers

James Edward Sievers

Tuesday, June 25th, 1918 - Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
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James Edward Sievers, 101, of Briggsdale, passed away on December 11, 2019 at his home in Briggsdale, Colorado. he was born in Briggsdale, Colorado on June 25, 1918. His father, William P. Sievers, first settled on a homestead west of Briggsdalein 1912. In 1917 William traded this property, sight unseen, for land located 7 miles east of Briggsdale. This prairie home is where Jim, his parents, brothers and sister would grow up and where he would live, farm, and raise a family for over 101 years.
One of Jim’s favorite pastimes was to tell stories of those early days when people farmed the land withhorses, walked on foot to school, and rode horse drawn wagons to town. How exciting it was when the first car was purchased, and the first tractor was delivered. Hunting was primary part of his family’s life. He and his brothers spent many days hunting because the hides could be sold for money to help support the family. Growing up with and experiencing life on the prairie with fellow homesteaders and neighbors created lifelong friendships through sharing everyday life, attending the same schools, swimming in the local ponds, hunting, gardening, and attending Keota dances.
Jim graduated from Briggsdale High School in 1938. He attended Emily Griffith Opportunity College and earned a certificate in airplane mechanics. Times were hard as a result of the Great Depression and when he and his brother Carl heard jobs were available in Alaska they decided to go. They worked their way upnorth with many adventures on the way, including Jim contracting pneumonia on the freighter they were on and another with a boat capsizing on a sandbar where they were stranded for several days. Jim said, “Every day was a perfect day because it was another day wehad survived!” They eventually got work on a gold dredge on the Kuskokwim River near Bethel and experienced adventures and stories that lasted a lifetime.
World War II was declared, in 1941 and Jim and his three brothers were called to serve. Jim trained for the tank infantry and was later honorably discharged. He often talked of the men he trained with and his thoughts of their wellbeing during the war.
Jim later returned to the farm in Colorado where he partnered with his father in the farming operation and where he worked the rest of his life. Jim married Agnes Mary Hopka on February 11, 1945 at Zion Lutheran Church east of Grover, CO. They first met at a dance at Keota, Colorado and went on to raise a crop of six children.
Jim had many interests in life. His adventures hunting and fishing, experiences with friends and family, and struggles to make a living on the farm could fill a book. Jim had deep respect and interest in Native American history and culture and had an extensive collection of arrowheads. As a child he was one of first exhibitors at the Stone Age Fair and won a silver dollar for his display of arrowheads. This year he attended and was honored at the Fair’s 85thanniversary. He enjoyed nature and all wildlife, but especially loved observing birds. This interest began with an Audubon ornithology book he had as a child. He told the story of him and his brother climbing trees to collect birds’ eggs from nests, “But we only took one”. He always looked forward to traveling, especially to the mountains where stories were told about Colorado history and people who lived there. He loved working in his garden even when his eyesight and health were in decline. He was a loyal Colorado Rockies fan. Trevor Story wrote him a wonderful letter for his 101st birthday thanking him for being a” loyal fan of the men in purple and black”. He was active in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, a lifelong member of the Democratic Party, and a member of the Zion Lutheran Church at Grover, Colorado
He was loved by all for his good nature and sense of humor and his genuine interest, care, and respect for everyone he met.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, William and Anna Margaret (Lamp)Sievers, his wife, Agnes (Hopka) Sievers, his brothers Bill Sievers, Ray Sievers and Carl Sievers, and sister, Margaret (Sievers) Lippold.

He is survived by his children, Jackie Smock, Jeannie (Jack) Hockersmith, Gary (Lynda) Sievers, Sandra (Don) Koenig, Anna Kim Sievers, William Jeffrey Sievers, eleven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and their children who have all remained close to him throughout the years. The family would like to express our deep appreciation to Canyon Lands Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be made to the BriggsdaleFire Dept., Zion Lutheran Church, Grover, CO and the Briggsdale Historical Society. To leave condolences for James’ family,

Life celebration visitation will be held between 3-6 pm, Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Adamson Life Celebration Home, 2000 47th Avenue in Greeley. Life celebration service will be held at 1:30 pm, Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3000 35th Avenue in Greeley.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Adamson Celebration Center
    2000 47th Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
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  • Service

    Thursday, December 19th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Thursday, December 19th, 2019 1:30pm
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    3000 35th Avenue, Greeley
    GREELEY, CO 80634
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  • Interment

    Sunset Memorial Gardens
    3400 28th Street
    GREELEY, CO 80634
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Kara McFarland

Posted at 11:44pm
From Kara
There is never a time when your ready, or an age, that makes it easy to say goodbye. Yesterday our family lost our patriarch grandpa Sievers. This was a man who's life was so full and rich one post wouldnt cover it. Some of my greatest memories and gifts he gave me was to sit and listen to the fantastic stories of his life growing up on our famy farm. His time in Alaska. His misadventures with his pals as a child. The struggles and good times.
He had a sharp wit, a big heart, he was fair and kind. We always had a great time playimg cards and tellimg stories. He cared deeply for the animals and people in his life. He worried even about the stray cats in the barn. Just dont leave the lights on at night or you wouldhear about that. He lived almost to 102. He lived before color tv and trained in the army as a tank operator for ww2. He will be graetly missed.
I wish I could hear him say one more time on the phone , well by gosh love ya miss you take care ok. Well by gosh grandpa love you miss you and take care. Ill be having a shot of whisky for you tonight and a cinimon roll for breakfast.

Linda Austin

Posted at 12:27pm
My mother-in-law, Grace Accola Austin, grew up with Jim and his family near Briggsdale. He often came to the Accola annual picnic in Evans. Just to watch the love between Grace, her sisters, and Jim and listen to their stories made me almost envious of the time period and wonderful childhood they shared. Jim will always be remembered with great fondness and admiration.

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Posted at 08:09pm
In loving memory of a great man who left a rich legacy to his children and generations to come. Love, Greg and Dori Workman
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Donald Christian

Posted at 01:38pm
I cut Jim's hair for about 30 years. We talked about many things including my family, John and Elizabeth Schemp, who lived outside of Briggsdale. My condolences to all of Jim's family.

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Posted at 05:01pm
Kyle& Blanca , Our deepest sympathy at the loss of your Grandfather and Grandfather-In-Law. From Terry Campbell and the SDCCU Staff.
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