1930 - 2011
Otis “Derrall” Siegenthaler was born Dec. 3, 1930 in Council Hill (South of Boynton), Okla. to Charles Otis and Helen (nee Griffith) Siegenthaler. Both preceded him in death, as did his first wife, Norma Benback-Siegenthaler.
Mr. Siegenthaler died June 29, 2011 in Okmulgee, Okla. at the Highland Park Manor Nursing Home.
Mr. Siegenthaler married his first wife, Norma Jean Benback on Aug. 22, 1951 in Oklahoma City, Okla., she died Oct. 25, 2002 in Payson.
He served his country in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He was deployed to Japan from December 1952 to May 1954. He was a telegraph/teletype operator during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Williams, Ariz. to join his first wife, Norma.
Mr. Siegenthaler attended and graduated from Eram Grade School and Liberty Morris High School in Oklahoma. He completed a two-year degree from the Conner’s Agricultural College at Warner, Okla.
His first job after graduating college was at the Borden Milk Company as a milk tester in Oklahoma City. He began his lifelong career in 1955 working for the Federal Bureau of Public Roads in Arizona as an engineering aide. Mr. Siegenthaler worked his way up to project engineer status while working at various locations throughout Arizona. Wishing to settle down to one location, he requested and won a position working in the Phoenix office in the planning division. After 35 years, he retired in 1990, but immediately went to work for the Arizona Department of Transportation office in Phoenix. He worked for 10 years with ADOT, then retired again in 2000.
In 1951, Mr. Siegenthaler briefly lived in Oklahoma City, Okla. with Norma. Then after his military service they lived in multiple places in Arizona, the last 20-plus years in Tempe, but he settled in Payson to enjoy retirement with Norma and his beloved dog, Mike.
After Norma died, he rekindled his high school romance with his second wife, Emma “Jean” Remmett-Meineke; they married on July 11, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nev. They briefly lived in Payson, then they moved near to his hometown area of Okmulgee, Okla. to be closer to his mother and siblings and to Jean’s children.
Mr. Siegenthaler is survived by his second wife, Emma “Jean” Meineke-Siegenthaler of Okmulgee, Okla.; siblings, Norma Jean and Watie Goodwin of Oklahoma, Roberta Mae “Bert” and Cecil McKeen of Oklahoma, Carlene Leno of Utah, Jerry Dean and Frankie Siegenthaler of Arizona, Patricia Marie Vaughn of Oklahoma, and Larry Don and Muriel Siegenthaler of Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews, including Stacie Siegenthaler Postovit of Arizona; three stepdaughters of Oklahoma; six stepgrandchildren and seven stepgreat-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Jan Whitaker-Dovell of Oklahoma, Vy Whitaker and Faye Whitaker-Gilbert of Arizona; nephews, Jamie and Jarred Dovell of Oklahoma, Bryon Dudley of Arizona and niece, Sherry Dudley-Howell of Utah.
Services were held July 5, 2011 at the Garrett Family Funeral Home in Checotah, Okla. Interment will be in the Morris Cemetery, Morris, Okmulgee County, Okla.