Raymond F. Siebert, a World War II veteran and longtime volunteer firefighter with Springbrook Fire Company, died Friday (Nov. 20, 1998) in Veterans Hospital, Buffalo, after a lengthy illness. He was 77.
A native of Springbrook, Siebert attended East Aurora High School and served as a tank commander in Germany during World War II with the Army's 36th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron.
He worked as an electrical lineman for Noblet Electric Co. and Buffalo Electric from 1948 to 1975, then as a laborer for the Erie County Highway Department in East Aurora from 1975 to 1985.
Siebert joined Springbrook Fire Company in 1939 and is the only member in history to have served in every elected office. A former chief and president, he was instrumental in starting the first Rescue Squad in 1952. He also served as treasurer of the Elma-Marilla Fire Council and was a life member of the Erie County Volunteer Firemen's Association. He also was a life member of Mark A. Rademacher Post 7795, Veterans of Foreign Wars, once serving as the post's senior vice commander.
Siebert was a member of Local 1219, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the local's Active Retirees Club and the Elma Senior Citizens Club.
He and Florence A. Lafferty Siebert, who died in 1990, had been married 52 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Wreatha H. of North Tonawanda and Kathleen M. Riley of Lucerene, Calif.; two sons, Dennis R. of Elma and William W. of Springbrook; a brother, Joseph of Englewood, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6441 Seneca St., Springbrook. Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. in Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels, 4680 Clinton St., West Seneca.[jbnftt]