John Harlan Sietstra, 71, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away September 18, 2020. Visitation will be at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, MO on Thursday, September 24 from 4-6 pm. Funeral service will be Friday, September 25 at 10 am. Burial will be at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.
John was born in Orange City, IA on December 2, 1948 to Herman and Edith Sietstra. He was the oldest of their six children; twins Philip (Marcia) Sietstra and Larry (LaVonne) Sietstra, Karla (Dave) DeJongh, Dale (Lila) Sietstra and Cheryl (Dennis) Rodger.
John enlisted in the United States Army in 1969, then became a commissioned officer in 1973. He was stationed in Hanau, Germany during the Vietnam War where he met his bride, Linda Jo (Hendrick). They were united in marriage on May 12, 1973 in Hanau, Germany.
After fulfilling his military service contract, John and Linda went home to northwest Iowa where John began studying to become a veterinarian. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State Veterinary School in 1979, and practiced veterinary medicine for 40 years until his retirement in December 2019. John and Linda built their family through the gift of adoption, bringing their six children home to live in Iowa.
John is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda; five children: John (Lisa) Sietstra of Greenwood, MO; Sarah Sietstra of Lee’s Summit, MO; Angela (Walter) Spivey of Las Vegas, NV; Andrew (Becky Jimenez) Sietstra of Fort Bragg, NC; Jeremy (Beth) Sietstra of Lee’s Summit, MO. John was the proud grandfather to Elisia, Elijah, Aidan, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Celeste, Ethan, AJ, Hudson, Elias and Sophia. He is also survived by beloved nephews and nieces, as well as many friends in Christ.
John was preceded in death by his son Joseph Sietstra.