Covell Funeral Home

232 East State Street, Traverse City, MI


Marvin Ray Sieffert

December 30, 1937September 4, 2020

On Friday, September 4th Mr. Marvin Ray Sieffert, of Traverse City, MI, peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ surrounded by his loving family. Marvin was the son to Joseph and Theresa Sieffert (Bauer), born on December 30, 1937 in Hannah, MI. He grew up as the thirteenth of fourteen children and graduated from Kingsley High School where he lettered in basketball and baseball. In 1960, he married his sweetheart, Karen Hautala who stayed by his side for 59 wonderful years of marriage. Marvin was proceeded in death by his parents and 8 brothers and 4 sisters which he loved dearly, Albert, Kenneth, Clifford, Harold, Ronald, Elmer, Everett, Larry, Doris Dougherty, Hilda Lyon, Elaine and Erma. He is survived by one sister, Carol Noteware. He is also survived by his wife, Karen and his 5 children that were proud to call him Dad. Daughter Tammy (Sam) Caron, Son Randy, Son Douglas (Caryn), Daughter Debra (David) Allen, and Daughter Amy (Jeff) Belanger. He also cherished his 8 grandchildren, Sierra, Brianna, Erika, Daniel, Dyana, Reuben, Amos and Joe, and two Greatgrandchildren, Tessa and Maddy who will greatly miss their Papa. Marvin was a devoted father, master carpenter, avid hunter, fisherman, athlete and all-around outdoorsman. Although his heart condition slowed him down some, he still enjoyed watching sports, especially in person and made many trips to the Big House in Ann Arbor, Joe Louis Arena, Comerica, and his favorite, Tiger Stadium. You would always see him proudly wearing one of his favorite teams displayed on his hat or a coat. He also enjoyed birdwatching and watching nature shows on TV. He loved animals even as a child being involved in 4H. He loved to travel with family as often as he could. To the UP with Grandma Hautala, Mt. Rushmore with Joel & Carol, Dutch Amish country in Pa., Disney, Arizona with Karen and Tammy, and many more including building his brother a house in Texas with uncle Everett. Marvin will be remembered by his family and everyone who knew him as a strong faithful man with a great smile and a huge heart. He had many health conditions spanning many years and nobody ever heard him complain. He was always concerned about the happiness and health of his beautiful bride and the whereabouts of his 5 wonderful children who will miss him dearly every day.


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, September 11, 2020


Marvin Ray Sieffert

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gloria sachtleben

September 13, 2020

Was sad to hear about the loss of your Marv. 59 years of memories & good times to cheerish. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers .
Blessings to you-Gloria Sachtleben

John and Peg Pickard

September 11, 2020

Marv and his whole family are very dear to us.
We remember happy times of worship at Victory Hill Church and what a great time our Beth enjoyed with your girls. Still remember baby showers and lots of laughter. Also, Marv was the one who built our garage when we were first married in 1979. Yes, such wonderful memories of you all. We will continue to hold you in our hearts and prayers. One day we will all be together forever. “ What a day of rejoicing that will be!!” Until then may the Lord bless and watch over each of you !!
John and Peg Pickard

LaVonda Buchan

September 9, 2020

What a Blessed Man 💛
My L♡VE and Toughts are with You All 🌾
🕯Your Memories will keep Him Close🕯
⚾️Time for Rest🌚 Time for Peace☮


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