RMFU LeaderLetter: Remembering Jim Sievers of Briggsdale, CO

In Memoriam of Jim Sievers

Life celebration service will be held at 1:30 pm, Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3000 35th Avenue in Greeley.

James Edward Sievers, 101, of Briggsdale, passed away on December 11, 2019 at his home in Briggsdale, Colorado. He was born in Briggsdale, Colorado on June 25, 1918. His father, William P. Sievers, first settled on a homestead west of Briggsdalein 1912. In 1917 William traded this property, sight unseen, for land located 7 miles east of Briggsdale. This prairie home is where Jim, his parents, brothers and sister would grow up and where he would live, farm, and raise a family for over 101 years.

One of Jim’s favorite pastimes was to tell stories of those early days when people farmed the land with horses, walked on foot to school, and rode horse drawn wagons to town. How exciting it was when the first car was purchased, and the first tractor was delivered. Hunting was primary part of his family’s life. He and his brothers spent many days hunting because the hides could be sold for money to help support the family. Growing up with and experiencing life on the prairie with fellow homesteaders and neighbors created lifelong friendships through sharing everyday life, attending the same schools, swimming in the local ponds, hunting, gardening, and attending Keota dances.

World War II was declared, in 1941 and Jim and his three brothers were called to serve. Jim trained for the tank infantry and was later honorably discharged. He often talked of the men he trained with and his thoughts of their wellbeing during the war.

Jim later returned to the farm in Colorado where he partnered with his father in the farming operation and where he worked the rest of his life. Jim married Agnes Mary Hopka on February 11, 1945 at Zion Lutheran Church east of Grover, CO. They first met at a dance at Keota, Colorado and went on to raise a crop of six children.

Jim had many interests in life. His adventures hunting and fishing, experiences with friends and family, and struggles to make a living on the farm could fill a book. He always looked forward to traveling, especially to the mountains where stories were told about Colorado history and people who lived there. He loved working in his garden even when his eyesight and health were in decline. He was a loyal Colorado Rockies fan. He was active in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and a member of the Zion Lutheran Church at Grover, Colorado

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, William and Anna Margaret (Lamp)Sievers, his wife, Agnes (Hopka) Sievers, his brothers Bill Sievers, Ray Sievers and Carl Sievers, and sister, Margaret (Sievers) Lippold.

He is survived by his children, Jackie Smock, Jeannie (Jack) Hockersmith, Gary (Lynda) Sievers, Sandra (Don) Koenig, Anna Kim Sievers, William Jeffrey Sievers, eleven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and their children who have all remained close to him throughout the years. The family would like to express our deep appreciation to Canyon Lands Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be made to the BriggsdaleFire Dept., Zion Lutheran Church, Grover, CO and the Briggsdale Historical Society. To leave condolences for James’ family, http://www.adamsoncares.com

Life celebration visitation will be held between 3-6 pm, Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Adamson Life Celebration Home, 2000 47th Avenue in Greeley. Life celebration service will be held at 1:30 pm, Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3000 35th Avenue in Greeley.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.