The Fence Post obituary: James Edward Sievers
James Edward Sievers, 101
June 25, 1918 – Dec. 11, 2019
James Edward Sievers was born in Briggsdale, Colo., on June 25, 1918, where his father, William P. Sievers homesteaded in 1912. The prairie home is where Jim would grow up, farm, and raise a family for over 101 years. Growing up with and experiencing life on the prairie with fellow homesteaders and neighbors created lifelong friendships.
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 when he and his brother Carl worked their way up to Alaska. Here they 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 and Jim and his three brothers were called to serve. Jim later returned to the farm in Colorado where he partnered with his father and farmed the rest of his life.
Jim married Agnes Mary Hopka on Feb. 11, 1945, at Zion Lutheran Church east of Grover and went on to raise a crop of six children.
Jim had many interests in life. He had deep respect and interest in Native American culture including an extensive collection of arrowheads. As a child he was one of the first exhibitors at the Stone Age Fair and won a silver dollar for his display. This year he was honored at the fair’s 85th anniversary.
He enjoyed nature and all wildlife, but especially loved observing birds. He always looked forward to traveling, especially to the mountains where he told many stories about Colorado history. 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 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 Sievers; wife, Agnes; brothers Bill, Ray and Carl; and sister, Margaret.
He is survived by his children, Jackie Smock, Jeannie Hockersmith, Gary Sievers, Sandra Koenig, Anna Kim Sievers and William Jeffrey Sievers; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to express our appreciation to Canyon Hospice.
A life celebration service was held on Dec. 19, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3000 35th Ave., Greeley, Colo., followed by a reception.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Briggsdale Fire Dept., Zion Lutheran Church, Grover, Colo., and the Briggsdale Historical Society.