Richard Dean Siegrist, 59, a long time resident of Miami, Okla., died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007.
“Rick,” as everyone knew him, was born in Lindsay, Calif., on June 17, 1948, to Richard and Bernice (Salisbury) Siegrist.
Rick was baptized in the Baptist Church.
The family moved to Miami in 1959 and Rick graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1966. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College for two years and then went on to Okmulgee Tech with mechanics certification.
He later joined the Miami Fire Department in July 1974 and was also a building contractor for over 35 years.
Rick married Debbie Wilson on July 22, 1992. He retired from the Fire Department in March of 1996 after 22 years of service. Rick was employed with Newell Coach of North Miami for the past four years.
Rick loved the outdoors. he was an avid duck hunter and enjoyed competitive clay shooting. His favorite thing in life was his family and spending endless hours with his only granddaughter.
His memory and legacy will be kept alive through the family and friends he leaves behind. They include:
His wife, Debbie Siegrist of the home; one daughter, Heather and husband Carey Duniphin of Bartlesville, Okla.; one son, Trevor and wife Jessica Piercy of Miami; his mother, Bernice Siegrist of Miami; one brother, Clint and wife Peggy Siegrist of Miami; one sister, Connie Keifer of Oklahoma City; one granddaughter, Allie Duniphan; three nephews, Brandon and wife Jeanie Siegrist, Deriek Siegrist and Trey Siegrist of Miami; two nieces, Hollie and husband Frank Sanchez of Edmond and Stacy Keifer of Oklahoma City.
His father, Richard J. Siegrist, preceded Rick in death on July 4, 1991.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Miami. Brother Joe Morgan and the Rev. Leon Weece will be officiating.
Memorial services are under the care and direction of Cooper Althouse Funeral Home in Miami.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Ducks Unlimited.