• Born: November 16, 1945
  • Died: May 25, 2013
  • Location: ESTHERVILLE, Iowa

Henry-Olson Funeral Home and Crematory

401 N. 7th Street
Estherville, IA 51334
Tel. (712) 362-2646

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Raymond "Doc" Sievert, the son of Johnnie and Jean (Welch) Sievert, was born November 16, 1945, in Heron Lake, Minnesota. He passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013, at his home in Estherville, Iowa, from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), at the age of 67.

Doc grew up the son of a Dairy farmer west of Okabena, Minnesota. In his early years, he tried his hand at music and was in a band called the "Interns." Doc graduated from Okabena, Minnesota, High School in 1964. He attended vocational school, specializing in refrigeration and appliance repair. Doc was a natural born mechanic, mentored by his father Johnnie.

On July 31, 1965, Doc was united in marriage to Judith Ann (Jeppesen) Sievert at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. After their marriage, Judy and Doc moved to Estherville, Iowa to make their home and raise their family. Doc was employed with Blass Skelgas and Appliances. In 1970, the couple opened their own business, Sievert's Refrigeration. As the business grew and expanded, they began selling furniture and carpeting and eventually the business became known as Sievert's Furniture & Floors. Their son Jeff also joined the family business. As a entrepreneur and businessman, Doc and his family grew Sievert's Furniture & Floors into an established and successful business in the community of Estherville.

Doc was a licensed pilot, which eventually led him into the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the United States Air Force, where he attained the rank of Captain. He was very active in Civil Air Patrol where he participated in many missions, locating aircraft that were reported missing. His dedication to training cadets in search and rescue was second to none.

Doc was an inquisitive individual and quite adventurous to say the least. Throughout his colorful life, Doc could be found diving at the lakes, fishing, rafting the West Des Moines, spelunking mines and off-roading in Arizona, hunting his acerage, and working on his guns. Other activities not for the weak of heart that Doc was involved in were skydiving, bungee jumping and rappelling. One of his latest adventures was to hike to the top of Crazy Horse Monument. He was active in the Estherville Halloween Association and developed the "Haunted Hike" in an area behind the Sievert Home, which was a very popular event for area children. Doc was very involved in the Estherville Community and loved participating in Hot Dog Days and you would always find the Old Gun Slinger Doc roaming the streets of Estherville and a leader in the Shootout. He was active also in the Okabena Shootout. Later in life Doc became a member of the newly formed Black Knight's Car Club in Estherville and was very proud of his Shelby GT500. He loved being in parades with his car. As anyone who knew Doc, you can imagine if there was a practical joke to be played, one would find Doc the instigator and culprit behind the joke. One of Doc's greatest accomplishments and legacy includes his invention of the Tri-S, Sievert Stealth Safety revolvers. Doc was a stranger to none, it was very clear that he loved both his family, friends, and most of all time with Judy, their children, and their grandchildren. Doc was very active in supporting his grandchildren in their school and sporting activities in Iowa and Arizona.

Doc was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Black Knights Car Club.

Left to cherish Doc's memory is his wife, Judy and their children; Jeff Sievert and his wife, Jennifer of Estherville; Jodi (Sievert) Mulligan and her husband, Casey of Bullhead City, Arizona; his beloved grandchildren, Dylan, Allie, Casey, Madeline and Maisy; and his siblings, Jerrie, Joyce, Janet and Jane.

Preceding Doc in death were his parents and sister, Judy Etheridge.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Judy and family,
My brother Steve told me that Doc had died. So sorry to hear of your loss. Sympathy to you and your family.
Don and Carol (Jeppesen) Houghton

Posted by Carol Jeppesen Houghton - Olivia, MN - Judy's cousin   July 09, 2013

Dear Sieverts: Our hearts go out to you following Doc's passing away! We appreciated and enjoyed Doc's humor, adventuresome spirit, common interest in guns and hunting, and his support of his family such as at church, confirmations, graduations etc. May God's comfort and care be real to you in this time of loss and celebration of a special man and a life well-lived!

Posted by Lynn and Sally Potter - Ruthven, IA - friends   June 05, 2013


You are all in my prayers and thoughts. "Doc" was a really great guy and will be missed by many!! Sincerely, Roxy.

Posted by Roxann Merrill    June 03, 2013

Sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. God has wraped his arms arround him and taken him home pain free..

Posted by Jim Holmgren Family - Estherville, IA   May 31, 2013

To the Sievert Family,

I was so sorry to hear about "Doc" passing away. Every community has movers and shakers. "Doc" you were one of the best. Thank you for your service in the Civil Air Patrol and Emmet County Rescue years ago. God will reward you for the lives you helped and for being a servant for him. Connie and I will always remember talking with you at the store and sharing stories of days gone by. God bless your family. You will be missed.

Posted by Terry Reekers - Estherville, IA - Friend   May 30, 2013


I am praying for the family, to make it through theses tough times,and to try to remember the great times you all had with Doc, he definately was a insperation to the town and his country and anyone that was involved with Doc as well. That you Jeff and Judy for helping my father and mother out renting to them when they were alive!!

Posted by Bob & Valerie Boicourt - Friends through my Dad   May 30, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. You don't know me, but our family had been to doc's store many times over past years. I live in Nebraska now but grew up in Graettinger and still have the family farm there. I read that Mr. Sievert had cjd. I wanted to let you know that my sister also passed away with cjd about 3 years ago, at 58years old. I know how difficult it is to go through and my heart breaks for all of you! What a wonderful man he was...please let me know if you would ever like to visit... your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!


Posted by sharon - bellevue, NE - customer   May 29, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. He was one in a million and we will miss him. God bless,

Posted by Dawn & Bruce Eveleth - Estherville, IA - friend   May 29, 2013


Judy and family,
Please know how we share your saddness with the loss of Doc.What a man he was doing things all the time for others,I loved helping with the haunted house at the fair grounds,and we were just talking about Doc that weekend at Cuttys its because of him we are members there and we love it just like he said we would.He will be missed.
Mark and Lori King

Posted by Mark and Lori King - friend   May 28, 2013

Sorry about your loss

Posted by Pauline Schwiesow /Dorothy logan - Estherville, IA - neighbors   May 28, 2013


Our Condolences to the Sievert Family in the loss of Doc. May GOD wrap his loving arms around you in your time of sorrow.
Carl & Julie Lyons
Spirit Lake, IA

Posted by Carl & Julie Lyons    May 28, 2013


Our sincere condolences and prayer go to your family.

Posted by Sandi and Steve Reighard    May 28, 2013

Judy and family,
So sorry to hear about Doc.Some people are here to light up the world with smiles and fun Doc did his job well. You and the kids and grandkids have a whole book of memories to share. God Bless

Posted by Julie Houseman Hansen - Sioux Falls, SD - friend   May 28, 2013

To Judy, your children and grandchildren:

I went to school with Doc in Okabena for 12 years. One grade school class he sat behind me and all my cardigan sweaters had one arm longer than the other because he continually pulled on it when it was around my shoulders. I remember him as pulling jokes even in grade school and it was a big deal in Junior High when he finally found himself taller than me (he checked every day of 7th grade in the lunch line). The class of 1964 will miss him at the reunion next year, but be assured he is not forgotten. You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband, dad and grandpa.

Posted by Linda Crossfield - Faribault, MN - Okabena school classmate   May 27, 2013

Doc will be greatly missed. I remember when he put the 429 cobra in an M farmal,the 1950 dodge bus camper (I think he meet Judy there),the 37 Ford hunting car, the Rupp snowmobiles & bike,the Star pickup trailer, and the slide & teeter todder from the Gruver school.Doc, I will remember forever.

Posted by Scott Griffith - Estherville, IA - friend   May 27, 2013

Doc was a man's man and will be sorely missed.
My condolences to Judy, the children and grand children.

Posted by Ronald Leffel - Estherville, IA - Fellow businessman & Ambassador   May 27, 2013


Sorry for your loss you will be missed you`re a very good friend to me and my daughter

Posted by Sheik Ahmed-Jayden Ferrll - friend   May 27, 2013

Dear Sievert family,
Know that we share your sadness in the loss of Doc. He will be missed by everyone. We certainly enjoyed the visits we had with him.
"Death leaves heartache
No one can heal
Love leaves memories
No on can steal"

Take Care,
Ron and Cathy

Posted by Cathy & Ron Beaver - Estherville - friends   May 27, 2013


So sorry for your loss, you all have our deepest sympathy!!! He will be missed !!!

Posted by Gary & Kathy Kalfs - Classmate & Friend   May 27, 2013

Our sincerest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Larry & Vicki Howell

Posted by larry & Vicki Howell - spirit lake, IA - friend   May 27, 2013

Deepest Sympathy to the Sievert family. Doc will be missed by many. He was a very special man. MaryRose Rezac

Posted by MaryRose Rezac - Dolliver, IA - friend   May 27, 2013

I am terribly sorry, This is truly heartbreaking. Please, accept my heartfelt condolences. "Doc" was truly an amazing, kind and jovial person, who could brighten anyone's day. My love, prayers and thoughts to you Judy and the family. He will be dearly missed in the community.

Posted by Sophia Vaughn - Estherville, IA - Friend   May 27, 2013


Judy, Jeff, Jodi and the entire Sievert family,
I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear Doc passed away. Doc always made me feel special when I was very young, to the point where I thought "I" was special. As I grew up I learned that Doc treated everyone that way...a true testament to how a wonderful, loving, giving man could touch everyone he met in such a magical way.

Across the miles I share your tears.
Valerie (Pohlman) Rehnelt

Posted by Valerie (Pohlman) Rehnelt - Laguna Niguel, CA   May 27, 2013


Judy, Jeff & Jodi,
So sorry that we forgot to sign in the right way. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss Doc so much! What a great guy, so easy going, always had a great smile.So many talks about the business we were in. Alot of laughs, some serious talks but always friends.

Posted by Dean & Peggy Adams - Friend   May 26, 2013

To The Sievert Families: Estherville lost a great business man on Sat. Doc was a friendly man, always on the sales pitch when you went into the store. Doc will be truly missed by all who loved him and knew him. God knew it was time for Doc to come with him even tho it would hurt the ones he left behind. God Bless You all. Share the stories, remember the memories of all the years that you had with Doc.
Linda Minton/Dennis Brosh

Posted by Linda Minton/Dennis Brosh - Estherville, IA - friend   May 26, 2013

I remember the last time he went fishing with monty baker and I he was so funny monty telling him how to fish it was quite funny watching the two of them

Posted by jean brandt - estherville, IA - friend   May 26, 2013

So sorry to hear about "Doc" my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. He will me missed, he was loved by so many.

Posted by James Roberts - Estherville, IA   May 26, 2013

Jodi, Judy and Jeff sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Posted by Kristy Vos    May 26, 2013


Our sympathy to the Sievert family. We will never forget Docs laughter,his giant smile and the many hours spent on the Rupps. We're sure that you and Steve are getting ready for a wizz banger of a paintball war.

Posted by Carol and Randy Blass - Friend   May 26, 2013

Our deepest sympathy's to the Sievert family. "Doc" will be greatly missed by everyone, including all us "Fellow Business Owners" of the Estherville community. Rest in Peace Doc!!!!

Posted by Steve & Peggy Danielson - Estherville, IA - friend   May 26, 2013


I'll miss Doc, he was such a good friend. We both shared a love for old cars and guns.I was lucky to have phone calls with him. I'll never forget him helping me fix a gun and then he came out to talk to me spending time away from the store.I'm sure Judy would have liked him seen to do better things but we have been Freinds for over 35 years. What a true friend he was. I'm thankful for Judy & Jeff for sharing with me. My heart goes out to you, you are in mine & Peggy's prayers. God Bless your family. I am missing a great friend.

Posted by Dean & Peggy Adams - Friend   May 26, 2013


I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Doc was one of the most caring and giving men,that I have ever met. Always thinking of things he could do for the town or others. From the Halloween walk or haunted houses, to sweet corn days pulling the train to give kids a ride. The many other things he did could fill a page. Always thinking of others. The love and excitement he would have when talking about his family. I am so blessed to have met Doc and his family, when we moved here. Our hearts and prayers are with your family, at this time.
Steve and LouAnn Arends

Posted by LouAnn Arends - friend   May 26, 2013


Our sympathy to the family of "Doc",
He will really be missed in our community. He touched so many lives in so many ways. Bless be the memories of his life.
Sincerely in Christian love and friendship,
Carolyn and John Walz

Posted by Carolyn and John Walz - Friend   May 26, 2013


I am so sorry for your loss. DOC was such a. great guy,so full of life,and had a heart bigger than Texas. I have so many wonderful memories of playing cards and being neighbors for many years. I'm thinking of you all,and will keep you all in my prayers.
Coleen Blass

Posted by coleen blass - friend   May 25, 2013