I admit I watch a lot of professional football, but I came across an obituary and wonderful picture from my college magazine which I have copied below. It sounds like a life well lived. That picture sure speaks to joyous youth.
John W. Siegal Sr. ’39 (right) with Sid Luckman ’39 in 1938 at Baker Field.
John W. Siegal Sr., retired dentist, Harveys Lake, Pa., on May 26, 2015. Born in Larksville, Pa., on May 15, 1918, Siegal was the son of Josephine Adamczyk and Walter Szezygiel. He was a football star at Larksville H.S. and later excelled with the Lions. Pairing up with Sid Luckman ’39, Siegal was named All American in 1937. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1939 and played five consecutive seasons, during which time the Bears won three World Championships. At the time of his passing, Siegal was the oldest living Chicago Bear and the third oldest living NFL player. While playing for the Bears, he attended Northwestern’s Dental School. In 1944, Siegal served as a lieutenant in the Navy. In 1946, he declined an offer to return to the NFL and opened a dental practice in Plymouth, Pa. Siegal moved full-time to his summer residence at Harveys Lake in 1963 and retired from his dental practice in 1986. He was an avid sports enthusiast, gardener and golfer. Siegal and his wife, the former Emily Ann Klimkevich, celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary before her 2009 death. Siegal is survived by his children Tara Ann Cortes and John W. Jr. ’77; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Cheryl Lee Javer, in 2011.