Harley Henry Siemer

Born in Grand Prairie Township, MN on August 8, 1928

Departed on October 23, 2010 and resided in Nashville, TN

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SIEMER, Harley Henry, Age 82 of Nashville, October 23, 2010. Preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Frances Smith Siemer. He is survived by his daughters, Teresa Siemer and her fiancé Sam Eldridge, Cindy Siemer Moore, and Marcia Simonetta and her husband Rusty; granddaughters Lauren and Meghan Moore; grandsons, David and Brandon Simonetta; sisters, Marjorie Hoffman and Gloria Aanenson and her husband Gordon; brother, Dennis Siemer and his wife, Vivian; many nieces and nephews; and close family friends, Chase Evans, Chris Evans, and Courtney Evans Carder. He was born in Grand Prairie Township, MN, and graduated from Ellsworth Public School and the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, MN. He was retired from the Tennessee State Department of Corrections. Harley was a long-time volunteer for the American Red Cross and, for the past 14 years, he dedicated countless hours to the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity. As a volunteer Supervisor On Site, he worked on almost 350 houses and inspired hundreds of volunteers with his commitment and good humor. Over the years, he received several awards for voluntarism, including the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative 2010 Local Hero Award, given in a special ceremony on October 22. He was a member of Masonic Lodge # 612 and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Funeral Service will be 11:30am Tuesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church 3900 West End Ave. with Rev. Carson Salyer officiating. A private interment will follow at a later date. Visitation will be 4:00pm – 7:00pm Monday at the church, as well as 10:00am until time of service on Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be made to Alive Hospice, American Red Cross, Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity, or a charity of one's choice.
HARPETH HILLS FUNERAL HOME, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN 6156469292 www.afamilylegacy.com

8 Comments to Harley Henry Siemer

  1. Renee Frankfurt-Colbert
    October 24, 2010 12:00 am

    I loved Harley like another Dad, & was kind of lost when you all moved. As a child, he was the only 1 allowed to cut anything off of me that didn’t belong there, embarrassed parents-laughing Harley & Fran. I MADE him send me Christmas cards! H for H became my charity. I have a ‘Sawyer’ bear. Supposed to go to a grandkid-if ever..I’m keeping him as MY memory of ‘Ben Casey’ aka Harley. You girls were so lucky to have the wonderful parents you did. I said, God must have needed something built in a hurry. Love you guys!

  2. Kelly Brownlee
    October 25, 2010 12:00 am

    Dear Family, I used to work at Habitat and saw Harley on a regular basis for 6 years. What an incredible man! They don’t make’em like him anymore. It was neat to be able to see how Harley really touched the Habitat homeowners that he worked with. What an inspiration he was and his memory will continue to inspire. My prayers are with you. Blessings, Kelly Brownlee

    October 25, 2010 12:00 am

    Dear Family, I met Harley when I worked for BellSouth, lived on hwy 70 in Bellevue. I had a service call for Harley, this was the first Siemer I had ever met. We spoke often when I was in the area. He was a very nice man. We could never determine if we were related, I knew nothing of my dad. We both did agree that we were the end of the Siemer’s in our familys’. He had only girls as did I. SEMPER FI, REST IN PEACE

  4. Bob Borzak
    October 26, 2010 12:00 am

    Teresa, Cindy, Marcia, Lauren and Meghan,

    I want to express how grateful I am to you all for allowing Rhea and I time to share some of those precious final moments with Harley. Harley always found time for me whenever I was in need of some specific construction detail or tool while working together at NAHFH. His generosity and patience was an inspiration to us all and he will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with you and your families.

    Bob and Rhea Borzak

  5. Patricia Birkett
    October 26, 2010 12:00 am

    My deepest sympathies to all of the family. Cousin, Dennis, made me aware. My mother is Ruth Mae Siemer Birkett. We were neighbors and family at Ellsworth, MN.

  6. Flo Clark
    October 26, 2010 12:00 am

    I worked with Harry on Habitat Sites and learn to appreciated him as a wonderful person, and an inspiration to the Habitat families as well as to those working beside him.

  7. Sandy Bayne
    October 27, 2010 12:00 am

    Sorry to hear about Harley’s passing. Was a wonderful birthday celebration you held for him 2 years ago, and we were glad to be able to be a part of it. Keeping the Siemer family in my prayers.

  8. Pam Webb
    November 4, 2010 12:00 am

    I enjoyed getting to know Harley while working at Habitat. Every Thursday he brightened my day when he came to work on sawing boards to be used at the build site. He always had a smile and his dedication was inspiring. His life was truly a blessing to so many!
    A donation has been made in his name to Christian Community Services, Inc.