OBITUARY

John Manahan Siemer

September 17, 1922September 18, 2011

JOHN MANAHAN SIEMER, 89, of Fort Wayne, died on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at his residence. Born Sept. 17, 1922, in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, he was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. A pioneer of local television broadcasting in Fort Wayne, he was beloved by a generation of baby boomers as "Engineer John" for his morning cartoon show. He was a staff announcer at WKJG Channel 33 and retired from WFFT Channel 55 in 1989. He was a member of Maumee Masonic Lodge 725, Scottish Rite and American Legion Post 296. Surviving are his wife, Anne; daughter, Christi (John) Burns of Fort Wayne; son, Mark (Sheila) Siemer of Aurora, Colo.; stepdaughters, Annette (Garry) Moorman of Fenton, Mich. and Jeanette (Lee) Keefer of Fort Wayne; stepson, Alan (Linda) Roman of Queen Creek, Ariz.; several grandchildren; and brothers, Roland (Ruth) of Westchester, Ohio and Eugene (Betty) of Salida, Colo. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Judy Perillo; son, Randy; and first wife, Muriel. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Trinity Episcopal Church. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road. Preferred memorials to Trinity Episcopal Church Music Fund. www. klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

Memories

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Bonnie Whitton

October 12, 2011

"Engineer John" was a daily visitor to our home during the late 50's and early 60's. His birthday song became a favorite of our family. Just recently I sang it for a dear friend that was celebrating her 80th birthday, and she was so thrilled by this "new" birthday song she had never heard before. He was a positive influence on my four daughters in their childhood. God bless your memory, "Engineer John"!

Jon Duffey

October 4, 2011

Wow.. It was my first TV job back in 1966 or '67, Floor Manager at WKJG on THE ENGINEER JOHN SHOW. I was all the crazy creatures poking their heads into the window of the (rail) Station House.

I was also the guy who spiked the bottle of Mountain Dew with tabasco... giving the sponsor more than they paid for when Engineer John took his daily sip on live TV, exclaiming bolder that even he expected, "YA HOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo! Oh my..."

Two hours later, John and I were both together live again... for the noon news, still laughing during every commercial.

I got my first break getting into the business thanks to John, and his colleagues and pals... Dick DeFay, Charlie Powell, and Bob Lynn. While still in high school, they graciously let "the kid" into the little school they ran, the TABS school of radio-TV arts. Thank you Engineer John, and all your fellow angels.

Randy Dow

September 28, 2011

To The Siemer Family: I just learned of the passing of Mr. Siemer. Randy was my best friend growing up in Concordia Gardens/Woods. We had such a great time with all the other kids in the neighborhood and it was always fun to be in the Siemer house - I will always remember Randy and his Dad and all the Siemers for their hospitality. I will never forget Randy's funeral and the love showed to me by the family, especially Judy in remembering the good ole days with the Siemers. Thanks for everything and I know that Randy and Dad are playing catch again on a Little League field just like the one at Northcrest

Craig McKinney

September 22, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Siemer family. I remember watching John on tv when I was going up. And was probably more excited when I found out that he was Mark's father and I kind of knew a celebrity. John was a great person and will be deeply missed.

Scott & Rosemary Scheele

September 22, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. I will keep many fond memories growning up with Mark, his dad and the rest of the family.

Elaine Abbott

September 22, 2011

John was one of my dad,Charlie Powell's,oldest and dearest friends. They shared many laughs through the years beginning with their early days together at WKJG. John was always a kind and caring friend to my dad and our family. He will be greatly missed.

Bill zurbrugg

September 21, 2011

I was on the show many times when I was in the cub scouts. If I am not mistaken he had a son Randy who I was in Demolays with. I remember when the engine sat at the corner of fourth street and clinton. It was a great show for kids and adults not like the things they have on now. I no he will be truly missed but he will be in the hearts of people who new him for the rest of there days. Maybe when I go to see him He will take me for a ride. God speed my friend

Christina Murphy-Saylor

September 21, 2011

I'd like to extend my sincere sympathy to the Siemer Family. Thank you for sharing such a great man with us. I too was on the Engineer John show and what great time to be growing up as a kid in Fort Wayne. Thanks for the great memories you gave to so many.
Rest in peace Engineer John.

Christopher Welch

September 21, 2011

My deepest sympathy to the Siemer family, I was on his show in 1968 Miss Colmans kindergarden class Gethsemane Lutheran I talked his ear off.One of the kindest peaple I ever met .Fond memories forever of Engineer John.thank you ,rest in peace.

phyllis

September 21, 2011

Anne--
The Battle if over--The Victory is won.
I will miss John. He had that beautiful smile as I waited on him for so many years at the Waynedale drive-up bank. Hope to see you soon. Phyllis

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