Mount Vernon News
  • Beverly Jo Ann Madison

  • March 18, 2011

MOUNT VERNON — Duane Lyle Siekkinen, of Woodlake Trail, Mount Vernon, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus at the age of 82 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Sept. 20, 1928, in Reno, Pa., to the late Onnie and Genevieve (McCartney) Siekkinen. Duane was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948. He graduated from Penn State and started his employment at Cooper-Bessemer in Grove City, Pa., in 1951 and retired from Cooper Energy Services here in Mount Vernon in 1992. He was a member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church and Irish Hills Golf Course.

He is survived by his wife of over 56 years, Norma (Hammerlee) Siekkinen; his son, Eric (Elaine) Siekkinen of Danville; three daughters, Lisa (Greg) Phillippi of Mount Vernon, Lori (Edward) Lampman of University Heights and Lana Siekkinen of Westerville; six grandchildren, Whitney and Kelsey Siekkinen, Katy, Zachary and Benjamin Phillippi, David Lampman; and one stepgrandchild, Nathan Hall; sister-in-law, Sara Jane Borland of Winchester, Va., and Patricia Smith of Naples, Fla.

Besides his parents, Duane was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Iva and Floyd Hammerlee, formerly of Franklin, Pa.; and two brothers-in-law, F. Raymond Hammerlee Jr. and W. Dale Hammerlee.

The family will receive friends Saturday, March 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Gay Street United Methodist Church, 18 N. Gay St., Mount Vernon, where a memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. John E. Capper and Ms. Mary K. Blencowe officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to Gay Street United Methodist Church to help fund the Agape Meals or The Closet missions.

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Duane Lyle Siekkinen.

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