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Verlyn V. Siglin
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Obituary for Verlyn V. Siglin

Verlyn V. Siglin, 85, of Coralville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Lantern Park Specialty Care Center. Born August 3, 1931 in Fort Dodge IA to Nord and Edith (Vaux) Siglin, Verlyn grew up in Mason City before moving on to the University of Iowa to study education and art. After graduating in 1953, Verlyn took a job teaching art at Madison Elementary School in Davenport. In Davenport, he met and married Marilyn Swanson on August 1, 1954. The couple raised two sons, Douglas and Stephen. They later divorced.

While teaching, Verlyn earned a Masters Degree in Educational Administration at U of I and began a career as a principal in the Davenport school district that lasted until his retirement in 1993. He served as principal at Jefferson, Eisenhower, Lincoln, and Wilson schools. He was especially proud of the F.I.N.E Award that he and his Wilson staff received from the Governor for their exceptional work.

Verlyn was an avid hunter and golfer and he enjoyed fast cars, sharp clothes, and a good game of poker. He loved to surround himself with beautiful art and interesting objects and he appreciated good music, food and drink. He had a special fondness for anything cowboy and he loved spending time in the western United States.

Verlyn was especially proud of his grandchildren: Allison Siglin of West Chester, PA; Jonathan (Jack) Siglin of College Park, MD; and Katharine (Kara) Siglin of College Park, MD. Other survivors include; Doug (Kris) Siglin of Highland, MD and Steve (Belinda) Siglin of Iowa City.

Verlyn was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Diane Case-Siglin.

Per Verlyn's request, his body has been donated to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City. The family will greet friends at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. A reception will be held at The Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, following the service.

The family would like to thank Drs. Tom Novak, Daniel Leary, John Bennett, and Scott Eberly, and the staffs at Legacy Ridge, Griswold Home Care, Mercy Hospital, and Care Initiatives.

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12:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

The family will greet friends at 11:00 am at the funeral home prior to the service.





12:45 PM
The Kirkwood Room at Governor's Ridge

515 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Following the service the family invites guests to join them for a reception at The Kirkwood Room at Governor's Ridge.

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