Vernon D. Sieb 85, of Highland, IN passed away July 8th after a brief illness surrounded by family. Vern was born December 11, 1937, to Edward and Verda Sieb. Due to his father passing away when he was a baby, he was raised by his paternal grandfather and adoptive maternal grandparents. When dad was young, there was no job that he couldn’t do! He excelled at everything he did. Dad had an infectious personality, and everyone loved him! He was a natural for sales. There was nothing he couldn’t sell. He could sell you everything you didn’t need, but most importantly, what you did need. Dad came from nothing and worked his way up the old-fashioned way, through hard work and travel. Due to his extreme gift of gab and getting to know everything about you in just five minutes, he knew what you needed and genuinely cared about what he sold you.
Dad came to sell magnets for the steel industry in the 60’s and started his own business in 1967. Dad’s legacy still stands today 56 years later. He is extremely proud of what he created, Sieb Sales & Engineering. All three of his sons who are still in the business were taught that servicing the customer after a sale is the most important aspect of business. He drilled this into our heads every time he could. He became known as “Big V” and later the role of CHO “Chief Harassing Officer” of the business. Dad had an endless list of jokes that he could dazzle you with. There wasn’t a single joke he didn’t know. He could captivate you for hours with stories from all his travelling experiences and from meeting so many people.
The most important thing about dad was his love for golf! From playing in the Tucson Open, to playing every golf course there is all the way down to Florida, there isn’t one he missed. There were two things that you had to do when playing with him. One, you must bet on every hole. Two, you better not rattle the change in your pocket when he was putting! Out of all the courses he played, Wicker Park was always his go to. Wicker was his second home!
Though golf was a major part of his life, his family was most important to him! There is nothing that he wouldn’t do for us. Dad is survived by his soulmate and true love of 63 years, Sandi. They are to this day still inseparable. There is nothing they haven’t done together. They loved to always be together and go out to eat. There isn’t a single restaurant in a 100-mile radius that doesn’t know them, and when they were there, everyone loved them!
He is also survived by his three sons and grand kids, Ed (Ron), Ron (Diana) and Derrick (grandkids; Shelby, Max, and Adalie). His boys were the world to him as were his grandkids. Dad always made sure to be home at night even though he traveled so much by day even if it meant driving all day. There is nothing he wouldn’t sacrifice to make sure we had what we needed.
Vern was loved by all those that had the honor to know this wonderful man. There is simply not enough room or paper to write about all the incredible things that dad is. Dad was a generous man who always put everybody else before him. He was outspoken and you knew where you stood with him.
To his family, dad was the true patriarch! Dad is the cornerstone of everything who we are today. His grandkids do not need to be reminded of how much he adored and loved them as he told them every second he could and by everything he did with them. For his wife Sandi, he still guides her with his love down the path of happiness they built together. For his three sons, he is still holding our little hands and helping us every day through what he has taught us. Dad knows that we will always and forever hold him in our hearts until we walk down the path that he has so bravely taken before us. We can only hope that we have half the same courage as he showed us. Until we meet again dad, we love you for eternity.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 14, 2023, at Fagen-Miller Funeral Home 2828 Highway Ave. Highland, from 3:00 p.m. until prayers at 8:00 p.m.