John A. Siemon, age 79, of New Prague, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Friday, May 26, 2017, at his home.  John was born on January 11, 1938, in Belle Plaine Township to Arthur W. and Eleanor E. (Moriarty) Siemon.  He grew up in the Union Hill area, attending country district school, Union Hill Parochial, and graduating from New Prague High School.  His education finished with a diesel engine school in Chicago.  After high school, John entered active duty in the US Army in 1957, serving as a paratrooper in the 1st Airborne Battle Group 187th Infantry.  While stationed in Lebanon, he and his buddies fashioned “the finest shower in the area” from discarded oil drums, some scrap lumber, and an old hand pump.  After discharge in 1962, John worked for George Prokes and Ervin Bendzick doing excavation work.  He started his own company, Siemon Construction, in 1967, which he would own and operate for over 50 years.  On August 22, 1970, John married Judith J. Mikolasek in New Prague and in the summer of 1977, the couple moved to their farm east of New Prague, where he would also farm in addition to his construction work.  John was a licensed sewer designer and installer, a member of the JC’s, the Knights of Columbus, the VFW, St. John’s Catholic Aid Association, and the New Prague Sportsmen’s Club.  He sponsored a bowling league for many years and enjoyed the sport himself.  John was a gentle man, loved by all who met him and above all, a family man.  Family was first, whether it was work or play; he was “all in”, no matter what the adventure proposed from fishing to golfing to anything new.

John is survived by his wife, Judy of New Prague; daughters, Catherine (Jeffrey) Dols of New Prague and Joan (Michael) Anderson of Eden Prairie; grandchildren, Jacqueline Dols, Travis Dols, Daniel Anderson; sisters, Jeanette (Marvin) Peters, Jean (LeRoy) Geiger, Mary Cavanaugh, Dorothy (Eugene A.) Tupy, Ruth (Donald) Giesen all of New Prague.  He is preceded in death by his parents; 2 infant sisters; 1 infant brother; brother-in-law, Jerry Cavanaugh.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 10:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Church with Father Kevin Clinton officiating.  Visitation will take place Wednesday from 4-8 PM and Thursday morning from 7:30 – 9:30 at Bruzek Funeral Home.  Military honors will be conducted after Mass and burial will occur at a later date.  Lunch will follow mass at the KC Hall.