Emmett Sitzmann

Emmett J. Sitzmann, 91, of Kingsley, passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at his residence.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 8, 2020 at All Saints Parish-St. Joseph Catholic Church, Le Mars, Iowa, with Rev. Matthew Solyntjes officiating. Military rites were conducted at the church by American Legion Wasmer Post 241 of Le Mars, Iowa.  Family burial was at St. Joseph Neptune Catholic Cemetery in rural Hinton, Iowa at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Online condolences may be sent to rohdefh.com.

Emmett John Sitzmann was born October 5, 1928 to Frank and Christina (Ruhland) Sitzmann in Kingsley, Iowa.

Emmett grew up in the Kingsley area graduating from Union High School in 1946.  Following graduation Emmett attended Loras College before returning to farm in the Kingsley area until his enlistment in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

After his basic training he was stationed in Tokyo, where he worked in a medical hospital and was an assistant to the Chaplin until his honorable discharge.  Emmett was proud to be able to serve his country.

Emmett and Lucy Clarey were united in marriage on February 27, 1957.   Emmett and Lucy raised their 12 children living and working on the family farm.

Emmett was a member of St. Joseph Neptune Catholic Church rural Hinton, Iowa until it was closed in 2008; then he became a member of All Saints Parish in Le Mars, Iowa.  He was also a member of the American Legion Wasmer Post 241 of Le Mars, Iowa, Knights of Columbus and The Carpenter’s Union.

Emmett’s foundation was rooted in his faith in God. He was a good man, husband and father who never judged or spoke poorly of anyone.

He enjoyed visiting and being around his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, woodworking, gardening and spending time with his boys fishing and playing golf.  He could often be heard whistling or singing his favorite song while he went about his business.

Those left to cherish Emmett’s memory are his wife, Lucy; his son, Tom (Tammy) Sitzmann of Hinton;  daughters Chris (Kendal) Sitzmann-Paget of Lincoln, NE; Rae (Jeff) Seizys of Michigan City, IN; and Judy (Keith) Miller, Sioux City, IA; sons Andy (Yvette) Sitzmann of Sioux City, IA; Tony Sitzmann of Le Mars, IA; Vincent (Bernadette) Sitzmann of Prairie City, IA; Jeff (Missy) Sitzmann of Cedar Falls, IA; Zach (Anna) Sitzmann of Merrill, IA; and Jacob (Katie) Sitzmann of Juneau, AK; 36 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren and over 400 nieces and nephews. Emmett is also survived by a sister, Fern Boever of Sarasota, Florida.

Preceding Emmet in death were his parents, his daughter Nancy, his son Joshua, and siblings Roman, Cecil (Doris), Virgil (Rosie), Ralph (Eldie), Vincent, Alta Marie (Merle) Baxter, Erma (Cy) Droessler, Madonna (Vic) Albino, Florence (Cletus) Kemp, Edna (Franck) Krogman and Christine.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Gehlen Catholic School, The Gospel Mission or Catholic Charities.

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