Hillsboro – John (Johnny) G. Siebert, 89, died August 28, 2018 at his residence. He was born June 27, 1929 in Hillsboro to John and Lena (Groening) Siebert. He married Ruby Ens September 23, 1952 in Hillsboro. He was a farmer. Survivors include: sons, Charles Siebert of Garden City, Bruce and Tereasa Siebert of Rural Hillsboro; daughters, Jean (Richard) Hernandez of Garden City, Lynn (Wayne) Bartel of Dodge City; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Celebration of Life Service 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro officiated by Pastor Brian Allen. Interment at Hillsboro M.B. Church cemetery in Hillsboro. Family will receive guests from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Memorials to Good Shepherd Hospice in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Taken From the Life Sketch
John (Johnny) G. Siebert was born on June 27, 1929 to John J. and Lena Groening Siebert. He was the youngest of eight children: Orlando, Hulda, Alvin, Agnes, Helen, Rudy and Anna.
His early education was in the country school of Gnadenau. Here he finished through the eighth grade. Because of the gas rationing and the ill health of his father, he was unable to go on to high school. He took over the family farm at the age of thirteen and farmed for the rest of his life.
As a young man he gave his life to the Lord Jesus and was later baptized in a farm pond. He became a member of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church and remained a member until his death. John held several positions in the church, including being a member of the trustee board. He was given that position because he wasn’t afraid of heights. Therefore, he was the one chosen to climb the ladder to change the light bulbs in the light fixtures on the high ceiling in the sanctuary.
John met Ruby Ens through a friend and liked her curly hair, and they soon began dating. They became engaged New Year’s Eve but didn’t officially announce it until Ruby graduated from high school in May. John and Ruby were married on September 23, 1952. John built a small house for them on the family farm where they lived until 2010 when they moved into town. This was the first time John had ever moved. He was grateful to have raised his four children on the farm: Charles, Jean, Bruce and Lynn.
Dad thoroughly enjoyed farming. Not only was it his occupation but also his hobby. Dad was a hard worker and he would help anyone in need. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed having the grandkids come and visit on the farm. The family has fond memories of Dad building a bonfire to roast hot dogs and marshmallows, giving rides on the horse, trying to find the farm kittens for the granddaughters and giving rides on the 4-wheeler or tractor.
Dad retired from the farm at the age of 81 but he didn’t stop working. He continued to help Bruce with the farm work. Dad and Mom enjoyed spending time together. They especially loved to take Sunday drives into the country to see the wheat fields or to look at the new John Deere equipment. Dad couldn’t just drive by a John Deere dealership without driving through and looking at everything.
Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June and he decided not to pursue treatment because he wanted to enjoy his last days with his family. Dad passed away on August 28th and he was surrounded by his family. The survivors are his wife, Ruby Siebert; his children, Charles Siebert, residing in Garden City, KS, Jean & Richard Hernandez, residing in Garden City, KS, Bruce & Tereasa Siebert, residing in Hillsboro, KS, Wayne & Lynn Bartel, residing in Dodge City, KS; and his 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
John is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, sisters and a daughter-in-law, Twilla Jost Siebert.