Siebert, Richard C. M.D. Dick, 84, who died on May 24 after a long illness, was a man of many talents: a respected Minneapolis neurosurgeon, an outstanding high school and college baseball player, a class A and B club tennis player, a musician with a lifelong love of music, a writer and avid reader, an artist and a Navy veteran. Born on October 2, 1937, in Dayton, Ohio, Dick grew up in St. Paul and Edina. At Edina-Morningside High School, he played clarinet in the band and pitched on the championship baseball team. In 1955, Dick was pitcher-coach of Edina's American Legion baseball team, winning the State championship, an unusual feat for a 17-year old. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1959, where he was a starting pitcher on the Gopher baseball team coached by his father, Dick Siebert, Sr., and played on three Big 10 title-winning teams. A 1963 U of M medical school graduate, Dick, with his wife, the former Sharon Bigalke, moved to Chicago to intern in orthopedics at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital. During the Vietnam War, as a U.S. Navy Reserves lieutenant, he was posted to a naval hospital in Long Island, New York, then was sent to Bau Loc, Vietnam. In 1967, he came to Mayo Clinic as a neurosurgery resident. Afterwards he joined a neurosurgery practice in Lexington, Kentucky, then later became a partner in Minneapolis Neurological Surgeons. He was known not only as a skillful surgeon, but also as a very caring, outgoing and compassionate man with a healthy sense of humor. Dick retired in 1998. He and his wife, Karen Evelette Bjornson, moved from Edina to Sylvan Lake near Brainerd and later lived in Minnetonka. Survivors include Karen, his loving wife of 42 years; son, David, Eagan, Minnesota; sister Sophie Siebert, (Drago Kinkela), Victoria, BC, Canada; sister, Marilyn Siebert, Minneapolis; brother, Paul, Orlando, Florida, and stepsons Matthew and Timothy Hirman. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Schoening Siebert, and his father. His former wife, Sharon Bigalke Siebert, died January 2, 2022. Private services at Ft. Snelling. Memorials to the Dick Siebert Scholarship, Golden Gopher Fund, attn: Randy Handel, 516 15th Av. SE, Mpls. 55455 or donor's choice.
Richard C. 'Dick' Siebert, M.D.
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