Martin “Marty” Siemsen, Jr. of Winter Haven, Florida, died at home on Sunday, January 9, 2022. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Celia Siemsen. He is survived by daughter Helen Dingus, son Karl Siemsen and his wife Michele Kay, grandsons Karl, Oscar, and Parker, sister Betty Ann Wilkins, and nephew Gavin Chaze.
Marty was born in Nebraska in 1944 to Martin and Helen Siemsen, but his family moved often after his father returned from World War II. Growing up, Marty lived in Gary, Indiana, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. After a couple of years in the US Army, Marty returned to Nebraska to attend college and met his wife Celia. Marty and Celia had 50 years of marriage together before her death in 2018.
Marty and Celia married in Lincoln, Nebraska and the drive to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where Marty was living was their honeymoon. Just before Helen was born, Marty was transferred to New Jersey, where both their children were born. Marty’s next transfer took the family to Winter Haven, where the family bought a boat and went camping with new friends. After two years in Wisconsin, the Siemsen family voted to return to Winter Haven, where Marty and Celia lived for the rest of their lives.
Marty spent many years volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, starting when son Karl joined as a boy. Marty also enjoyed boating, fishing, and camping with his wife, family, and friends. Marty worked in X-ray sales and service, first for General Electric and later he and his business partner opened their own company, B&M Electronics in Lakeland.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, June 5, 2022, at 11:00 AM, at The Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation in Lake Wales. If you knew Marty, please come and tell a story about him. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Boy Scout Troop 515, Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 201 Kipling Lane, Winter Haven, FL 33884.