Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Obituary - Charles E. Siercks

Charles E. Siercks, age 87, passed away on December 24, 2021, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO following complications due to a stroke. He was born near Coal, MO on August 24, 1934, to Clarence Edward and Leta Carmyle (Sheek) Siercks. Born first, the oldest of three siblings, he was later joined by his brother Robert Allen (Bob) and his sister Rae Donna McVey. He was preceded in death by his parents and both siblings.

Charles spent his early years in and around Henry County, MO. There he made friendships that were cherished throughout his entire life. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1953. Charles married the love of his life, Betty Ballew in July 1956. During those early years of marriage, he was recruited by the Army, and they made homes in Massachusetts, Georgia, and finally Frankfurt, Germany. The Army years were good to Charles and taught him a trade in which he made his career. After an honorable discharge from the Army, the family settled in South Kansas City where they raised their three children Dwayne, Nancy, and Jim. After retirement Charles and Betty moved to Raytown where Charles lived for the remainder of his years.

Charles worked his entire career for AT&T, retiring after 27 years. Retirement years allowed him leisurely days and working on projects of his own creation. He built birdhouses, child desks, whirly gigs, and found many more uses for his creative workmanship, and skills. His years of participation with the Western Missouri Antique Tractor & Machinery Association brought him many days of pleasure. He loved showing his old hit and miss engines and would start them up for anyone willing to listen and observe.

His grandchildren were fortunate to have Charles assist in their care throughout their preschool years. Many walks, treasure hunts and train watches with Grandpa were regular activities. He was a beloved storyteller and his entire family enjoyed listening to each one. They are now some of our dearest, and most cherished memories.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Betty, and his children Dwayne (Joni), Nancy (Bobby) and Jim (Kim). He was a hero to his 7 grandchildren Jennifer Wright, Kerianne Carter, Rory Siercks, Kallyn Gren, Ian Siercks, John Odegard and Mandi Robertson. His legacy also includes 7 great grandchildren, many nephews, nieces and other beloved family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all.

A graveside service will be held Friday December 31, 2021, at 11AM at the Calhoun, MO Cemetery. Arrangements handled by Consalus Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the VHL Alliance at VHL.org. They are dedicated to the research and treatment for those afflicted by von Hippel-Lindau disease. Many of Charles’s family have been impacted by this genetic disease.

Rest in peace “Great One”.

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