True to his charismatic style, Harro “Hank” Siebert chose Feb. 28, his 75th birthday, as his last active day of life. He patiently waited for his family to gather in Arizona to bid him farewell before passing on March 4.
As his Newburg, N.Y., childhood classmates remembered, “Hank was the all-American boy, in spite of having immigrated to the U.S. from Germany with his family as a child. Hank was both an athlete and a musician. He played football, sang in the choruses and played the cello and baritone horn.”
Hank graduated from Annapolis in 1964 and served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years. He then spent 18 years as an engineer at Boeing before retiring.
He and his wife, Sandra, then spent summers on Whidbey Island, Wash., crabbing, clamming and tending their expansive vegetable garden. Hank was a permanent fixture in the Possession Shores Homeowner’s Association, with multiple terms as president and uninterupted time on the board or serving as an officer.
The Sieberts spent winters in Arizona with family and friends, where the weather was warm. They enjoyed the golf course that was just down the street and exploring the desert Southwest.
Hank loved raw steaks, good company, great debates and believed his animals were “the best people he ever knew.” He was famous for his chili and spaghetti and was an all-around tremendous chef.
He is survived by his wife Sandra; his children Erik Siebert and his wife Stacy, Sonja Rieck and her husband David, Krista Babbitt and her husband Jeff and by Rachael Siebert; and also by his five grandchildren, Steven, Kelly, Robyn, Gabrielle and Natalie who will all carry on the wonderful traditions this great man incorporated into his very full and memorable life.