Douglas Robert Siemens
September 4, 1945 – February 24, 2021
Douglas Siemens of Morrin, Alberta, beloved husband of Janis Siemens (Moe), passed away peacefully after an unexpected illness on February 24, 2021 at the age of 75 years.
Doug was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle & nephew. All who knew him can attest that he was a kind, strong man of faith who led a life of integrity. In all aspects of his life, whether as a husband, father, friend or a businessman, Doug would lead by example . He exemplified honesty & stood by his word.
Doug was born on September 4, 1945 in Drumheller, Alberta to John and Beth Siemens. He spent his early years in East Coulee where his father worked in the coal mines. Doug’s father eventually purchased the Siemens family farm west of Munson where Doug and his siblings spent much of their youth.
Doug attended business college in Calgary and, after completing his course work, moved to Morrin to begin a career as the Assistant Secretary Treasurer for the M.D. of Starland. Doug met Janis Moe during this time and they were married in September 1968. Moving up north a few years later, Doug took the position of Secretary Treasurer for the County of Grande Prairie. In 1981, Doug and his young family returned to Morrin to be closer to Janis’ parents, Oddie and Jennie Moe. Doug partnered with Larry Nielsen to form the well-known and successful business, Nielsen and Siemens Agencies Limited. After 16 years, Larry and Doug sold the business. Doug embarked on a home business, Doug’s Contract & Bookkeeping and provided accounting and tax services to local farmers and businesses. He also worked in Drumheller for Meyers Norris Penny (MNP) providing his tax expertise and, in more recent years, contracted out to NAPA Drumheller, operated by his son-in-law Trevor Woodford.
Doug’s home business was still thriving at the time of his passing and, even when in the hospital, he was trying to ensure that his clients knew that he would take care of them once he returned home. Doug took pride in his work and in his relationship with his clients. He, at many times, provided advice and services above and beyond what he was contracted for. He was a man of integrity and had a big heart. Doug felt privileged to serve his clients and the communities that he lived in.
As well as being a respected local businessman, Doug was actively involved in the community of Morrin where he, over the years, volunteered with the Morrin Fire Department, was Mayor of Morrin, treasurer of Blooming Prairie Lodge and treasurer of the Morrin Agricultural Society. Doug was also elected to Morrin council for a three year term as councillor. Doug proudly served the Morrin community and greater Starland and Kneehill county areas for over 50 years.
Doug wrote inspired music, and shared his love for music with his family and the community over the years. He played guitar, preforming with his children and grandchildren, singing for weddings, funerals and other special events.
Enjoying life, Doug could see that laughter really was the best medicine. He had a quick wit and would use his humor to lighten almost any situation. He always seemed slightly amused, and made people comfortable and feel welcome.
Besides his loving wife Janis, Doug leaves to mourn his children Gayle (Roger) Church, Susan (Trevor) Woodford, Steven (Julia) Siemens and Jennie (Jason) Berge. He is also survived by his mother Beth Siemens and siblings, Jim (Jacquie), John (Barb), Ed (Norma), Ray (Alexia), Marlene Affleck and Aileen (Ed) Jackson. Doug was also the proud grandpa for 14 grandchildren and loving uncle for numerous nieces and nephews.
Doug was predeceased by his father John Siemens, daughter Christine O’Brien and granddaughter Allyn Church.
Doug blessed many people with his kind heart and helpful nature. He considered it an honour to serve his family and community. There are very few people like Douglas Siemens in the world, and his passing leaves us with a hole in our hearts, but is filled with his song. In all things, he used his talents to bless many people. As an amazing man and earthly father, he demonstrated the love of our Heavenly Father.