Today’s issue will be a departure from our usual fare. Today is
dedicated to our friend “Sied”.
Wednesday I mentioned that Sied was going to be taking some time off.
In fact he had notified me, just last week, that he had been ill and
was no longer able to continue writing. He had been diagnosed with cancer
but wanted to be able to write an occasional article when he was “up
planned to take on another writer yet save Sied’s spot for his
return. On Tuesday night the staff and I were informed that Sied had
unexpectedly passed away.
you can imagine I was stunned. I was still reeling from his diagnosis,
but having spoken to him only a few weeks ago, I never expected this
funny how the internet has changed our relationships. Even though we
never met face to face I feel that Sied was not just an acquaintance,
but a friend, a part of my extended RGQ family, a family that was there
for me in my time of need. I hope that Sied realized that we were here
for him. I hope there was comfort in that….
a Marine Sied had everything under control. He had written this weeks
articles ahead of time. His last article appears in it’s regular
spot today. He even thought of his fellow staffers in his final hours.
We received the following note from his children;
all the friends and family regarding our beloved Dad, MgySgt F.P. "Sied"
Siedentopf has passed away on Memorial Day 05/25/2009 about 11:15 pm.
He is loved by all and will be greatly missed. I know you’ll miss all
of his emails that kept us busy trying to read all of them!!! His final
request was for us to send his last email for him. He loved and enjoyed
sharing all the jokes,etc with all of you.
information on funeral arrangements please contact Anderson Funeral
Cindy & Debra
hope his family knows how important Sied was to all of us. His articles
were only part of his contribution to RGQ. Many of the jokes I have
used came from his joke newsletters. Almost daily I would receive links
to funny videos, pictures, story ideas, etc..
know that Memorial Day has been an extra special day for Bruce and I
since we lost our father’s who were veterans. Now Memorial Day
will be a day for me to also remember a special Marine. A Marine who’s
face I had never seen before today.