Donald Ray Sievers, 80, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 at his home after a battle with melanoma cancer.
He was born Aug. 19, 1941 in Cape Girardeau, the son of Elmer L. and Anita Maevers Sievers.
He and Anita Godwin were married Feb. 27, 1960 at First Baptist Church in Jackson.
Don was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson where he was baptized and confirmed. Over the years , he served as an usher, an elder, school board member, President of the school board, and chairman of the congregation several times.
He was an active member of the St. Paul Men’s club and was instrumental in organizing the annual sausage dinner each March. He also hosted the annual men’s club picnic at his farm.
Don was a 1959 graduate of Jackson High School and later earned a degree in special studies from Columbia College
He enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard in 1959 and retired in 1989 after 30 years of service as a Colonel.
In 1960, Don began working in the sheet metal industry and eventually became a journeyman.
In 1976, he ventured out on his own and formed Associated Sheet Metal, Inc. He retired from the business in 2003 and turned it over to his sons.
As a Jackson business owner he became active in the Chamber of Commerce and the JIDC Board. He received the R.A. Fulenwider Meritorious Community Service Award in 2000.
Don joined the Optimist Club of Jackson in 1976. He became very involved on the local level but also at the East Missouri District level.
He became the East Missouri District Governor 1993-1994.
He then served at the international level as one of ten vice-presidents from 1999-2000 and in 2008-2009 he was the Optimist International President.
He and Anita traveled over 50,000 miles visiting other clubs.
Don had a passion for antique tractors and farming. In retirement he and his brother, Tim Sievers farmed his two farms near Tilsit.
Loving survivors include his wife Anita, of 61 years; two sons, Brian K. (Joanna) Sievers and Boyd D. (Leslie) Sievers of Jackson; a daughter, Michelle (John) Clippard of Jackson; nine grandchildren, Jake, Luke, Seth, Zane, and Amelia Sievers of Jackson, Christian Leimbach of Cape Girardeau, Megan (Aaron) Voshage, of Columbia, Claire and Matthew Clippard of Jackson; one brother, Timothy (Kathy) Sievers of Jackson; one sister, Betty Schuetts, of Cape Girardeau; a brother-in-law and-sister-in-law, John and Sharon Godwin of Des Peres.
Also surviving are nieces, Dana (Chris) Gier, Paige Wills of Jackson, and Lisa (Brian) Robinson of Chesterfield, Missouri; nephews, Travis (Shanna) Sievers, of Jackson, Jimmy (Sarah) Sievers of Gordonville, Michael Godwin of St. Louis, and Scott (Meghan) Godwin of Webster Groves; and many great nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, an infant granddaughter, Brianna Katlin Sievers, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Raymond and Louise Kibler Godwin.
Visitation Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and Sunday, Sept, 12, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson.
The funeral was Sunday at the church with the Rev. Joshua Schmidt officiating.
Burial followed in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson with full military honors. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons. Memorial contributions may be given in Don’s memory to St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran School, or to Saxony Lutheran High School.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the Tribute tab of Don’s personal obituary page at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.