Kynard D Siglin, 85, of Lucas, Iowa, passed away on November 20, 2023. A funeral service for Kynard will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. A visitation will take place at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. A luncheon will take place following the services at the funeral home.
Kynard was born in Woodward, Iowa on September 5, 1938, to Marion and Maxine (Jessen) Siglin. He graduated from Osceola High School in 1956. At 17, Kynard went to a mechanics trade school in Kansas City. He eventually became a mechanic at Doze Motors in Humeston. On September 7, 1968, Kynard married the love of his life, Peggy Garton. They started their marriage in an apartment in Clive. After five years in Clive, they experienced the American dream of owning their first home. He and Peggy made Dallas Center home for 13 years. Kynard spent countless hours restoring the home. When their daughter Eutana was six, they found the perfect spot on the family farm, where he built a beautiful two-story log cabin for his family.
Kynard found his calling in education. He attended Iowa Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls, eventually finishing his education in Marysville. He started teaching at Bird School in Des Moines, eventually moving to Smouse School for 26 years, where he taught special education. Kynard finished his career in the public school system, retiring at 59 years old. Kynard was always dressed to the nines. Not only while teaching, but his everyday white t-shirt and jeans were always starched and pressed.
Following his retirement, Kynard did everything but slow down. The mechanic in him never went away after all those years. He spent many hours fixing cars, Snapper Mowers, and even an 8N Ford Tractor. “Why buy another, when you can fix the old one.” A ’61 Pontiac, three ’57 Chevys, a Dodge Power Wagon, Corvettes, and of course his many Jeeps, were some of his favorites. At the time of his passing, Kynard still owned eight Jeeps.
Cars were not the only thing Kynard loved to collect. He and Peggy enjoyed going to auctions. They loved salvaging antiques with a rich history. Military items were always a favorite find. Trips to Eureka Springs were also a favorite way for Kynard and Peggy to spend time together. On any road trip Kynard had a knack for finding old Jeeps and parts stashed away just for him to find.
Left to cherish Kynard’s memory is his wife of 55 years, Peggy; daughter, Eutana (Kerry) Kaufman; and a granddaughter, Kennedy.
Kynard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Larry Siglin and Dr. David Siglin.
Memorials in Kynard's name may be directed to Almost Home Animal Rescue 113 East Lincoln Ave. Chariton, IA. 50049.