Orles Brown Sigler remembered for heroic actions
COLUMBIA — Orles Brown Sigler died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. He was 95.
He was born Nov. 20, 1915, in Bloomington, Ill., to Clara Belle Brown and Ray Orles Sigler. Mr. Sigler was the middle of five children.
Mr. Sigler met his wife, Margaret Lawler, when she roller-skated past his office. Both worked at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington,, and Lawler was delivering mail.
The two married Jan. 16, 1943, and spent 64 years together. After Mr. Sigler retired from State Farm in 1980, he and his wife moved to Mesa, Ariz., and passed their time fishing, playing bridge and making crafts.
In addition to working for State Farm for 39 years, Mr. Sigler served in the Army during World War II. He was in France when Paris was liberated.
Mr. Sigler is also remembered for heroically pulling two women from a burning car in front of his house in July 1973.
Mr. Sigler is survived by his daughters, Diane Cook of Columbia and Kathleen Dorsey and husband, Gary, of Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter-in-law Robin Sigler of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren, David Cook and wife, Christina, of Topeka, Kan., Daniel Cook and his partner, Mandy Waldo, of Rowlett, Texas, Andrea Dorsey Sebald and husband, Michael, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Andrew Sigler and Cary Sigler of Scottsdale, Ariz.; great-grandsons, Dylan Cook and Dexter Cook of Topeka, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Sigler’s wife, four sisters and a son, Timothy Sigler, died earlier.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Drive.
Instead of flowers, the family asks that people donate to whichever charity they choose.
Tributes can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.