Thomas Maurice Sievers
November 9, 1930 – May 26, 2019
Thomas Maurice Sievers was born in Vincennes, Indiana on November 9, 1930 to Ruth Miller Sievers and Maurice Anthony Sievers. He grew up with his five brothers and sisters on the family farm before joining the Army National Guard of Indiana in 1951. Called up to active service during the Korean conflict, Tom spent a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Paratrooper and Special Forces Advisor in Hawaii, Germany, Laos, Vietnam, Panama and the United States. After retiring from the Army he became a Jr. ROTC teacher and trusted mentor at Douglas H. Byrd High School. Beloved by his family and friends and known for his endless energy and generosity, “Mr. Fix-It” was always ready with a hammer and a helping hand, leaving behind many projects that will serve as memorials to his hard work and ingenuity. Tom loved trains, planes and automobiles, in that order, and he never missed a chance to see a steam engine. He loved to tell stories about growing up on the farm, driving the milk route with his father and hauling vegetables from Florida to Chicago. He also told stories about his adventures overseas, from gunfire across the East German border, to building landing strips in Laos, to making friends in the jungles of Honduras. In his later “retirement” years Tom spent his days taking care of his family, friends and neighbors. Whether it was cutting your grass, fixing your car or lawnmower, helping you move or renovating your house, Tom never slowed down. He traveled for family and fun, visiting Denver, Wyoming, Chicago, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Oregon, and California and back to Indiana every summer--and he could (and would) draw you an accurate map to anywhere he had ever been. But he loved being home in Fayetteville, celebrating at his favorite Mexican restaurant or in the flop room with a glass of vintage “paisano” and just a little bit of chocolate ice cream. Thomas was preceded in death by Dora Duke Howard Sievers, the mother of his four children. He is survived by his wife Irene Garcia Sievers, as well as his children Ed, Dave, Carolyn, and Claudia Sievers, and stepchildren Joseph and Anna Fitzgerald. He was also blessed with seven grandchildren—about whom he could brag at great length and in great detail--including T4 and Tinybeans, who brought much joy to his final days. Although he will be forever missed, Tom leaves behind a happy legacy of love and service and a standard of integrity and devotion to which his family and friends can aspire. We will remember Tom by heeding his frequent exhortation to “be good to one another” and by following his example of extending a helping hand to others. We love you, Thomas Maurice Sievers, aka Popcorn, Mr. Fix-It, El Guapo, and The Mayor of Cottonade. Adios!
- Graveside Service Monday, June 3, 2019
Thomas Maurice Sievers
June 2, 2019
I remember seeing Colonel Sievers walking the neighborhood, always a with a smile, a friendly wave, stopping to chat, checking on the neighbors and helping whomever needed his help. Our family deeply appreciates his kindness and help that he has given to our mother over the years. The Turner and Sparks family
June 1, 2019
Tom’s life was rich and rewarding,and anyone who had the pleasure to know this man,was fortunate to say the least! He married my cousin Irene(Millie),and no one could ask for a better match made in heaven or otherwise...I had the opportunity to meet him at family gatherings and visits,and soon realized how he was outgoing,serious,but quite humorous,and able to give you a nickname at the drop of a hat...he was generous,loving and kind,but when he offered his opinions ,he pulled no punches...I think that I will never forget him,as long as I live! He is in heaven with a smile on his face,and I know he served the purpose he was on this earth for...we must move on,and always keep his dynamic spirit in our hearts to inspire us to be the examples he always will represent to us...and I also honor his immediate family...you come from good stock indeed...
June 1, 2019
I am so saddened that you are no longer with us. I missed you already not sitting behind me at Mass, as you had for the last 13 years (probably much longer). I was praying for your return, but our Lord had other plans for you.
I am blessed to have had you as part of my church family for all these years. You were such a wonderful example of unconditional love and being there to help whoever needed help or someone to talk to. Even in the hospital you still wanted to share with others and made plans to help after your recovery.
I hope I can be just a fraction of the person you were. God has deeply blessed me to have known you and to have been your friend. I have wonderful memories of you, that I will always cherish.
Love and miss you !
June 1, 2019
I will always remember Tom for his kindness and generosity towards my parents. He was a great friend to my father and gave him the kind of companionship everyone should be blessed with during their golden years. I will miss his stories and his deliberate sense of direction and purpose in life. Tom helped so many and asked for so little in return. I am thankful our lives crossed paths and I have learned from his example. Rest in peace.
Mary Buckner Quezada
May 31, 2019
Colonel Sievers was a close friend to our family, and a best friend to my father. He was always quick with a joke or story and always made me laugh. I was very grateful to him for his friendship to my father, and his mentorship to my brother, who was one of his JROTC students. He is fondly remembered and will be sorely missed. Blessings to his family.
May 31, 2019
40 years of blessed friendship. Uncle Tom built a addition on my house, it will stand forever. A great memory was once while putting his boat in water , Tom backed trailer in, I forgot my job, holding on to the rope, boat went sailing without us on board. Had to wait for another boater to get it for us. A treasure was to hear him sing “Good Night Irene “. A class act, I love you Uncle Tom, hope to fish with you soon