H. Norman Siira

H. Norman Siira, 81, New Town, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in a Minot hospital.

Harold Norman Siira was born Aug. 16, 1932, at Belden, the son of Arnie and Elma (Lahtinen) Siira. He was raised at Van Hook, where he attended school and graduated from Van Hook High School in 1950. He then attended the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton.

On June 11, 1953, he entered the Army, serving his country in Germany during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge on May 16, 1955, he attended the Dunwoody Baking School in Minneapolis.

In 1959, Norman was united in marriage to Beverly Ann DeSchneau. They made their home in New Town, where he owned and operated Lakeside Bakery. Following a fire in 1976, which destroyed the bakery, he moved to Jamestown and worked at the State Hospital as the chief baker. He also had a dog grooming business that he operated, with Bev, in New Town and Jamestown. When he retired in 1996, he returned to New Town. Following Bev’s death on Jan. 21, 2001, he continued to make New Town his home.

On May 2, 2003, Norman married Jean Lund. They made their home in New Town and spent their winters in Texas and Arizona. Norman loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He went on several fishing trips to Alaska and Canada, and enjoyed cooking, socializing with friends and playing shuffleboard. He was an avid reader who enjoyed stories and books about history, was a Minnesota Vikings fan and loved dogs.

Norman was a quiet caring man who cherished spending time with his family. He was a 56-year member of the Beck Sherven American Legion Post 290 in New Town and the VFW.

May God bless the memory of Harold Norman Siira.

Norman is survived by: his wife, Jean Lund-Siira, of New Town; sons, Tim Siira (Lori), of Killdeer, and Dave Siira, of New Town; stepson, Jay Snyder (Jacqui), of New Town; brothers, Roger, of Loveland, Colo., Dick (Robyn), of Anchorage, Alaska, and Roy, of Palmer, Alaska; sister, Shirley Mikel (Tom), of Fife, Wash.; five stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beverly; brothers, Henry and Ronnie; sister, Carmen DeSchneau; and brother-in-law, Jim DeSchneau.

Funeral: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m., in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town.

Visitation: Friday, Oct. 25, from noon to 5 p.m., in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.

Interment: Monday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m., in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.

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Memorials: Are preferred to the Beck Sherven American Legion, New Town Ambulance or Lakeside Community Living Center of New Town.