E C “Sig” Sigurdson

E C “Sig” Sigurdson

Monday, November 25th, 1929 - Sunday, September 29th, 2019
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Funeral Service for E.C. “Sig” Sigurdson, 89, of Sun Lakes, AZ, formally of Minneota, will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minneota. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow the service at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Minneota. Military Rites provided by U.S. American Legion Post 199 of Minneota and Air Force Funeral Honor Guard.

Sig Sigurdson died in his sleep September 29, 2019, in Sun Lakes, Arizona.

He was born Nov. 25, 1929, in Minneota, the son of Chris and Edna (Thortsen) Sigurdson. Sig left the farm to attend the Wisconsin Institute of Technology in Platteville, WI, where he studied mining engineering for two years. He interrupted his studies to join the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and rose to the rank of staff sergeant. Part of his service was in Spokane, Washington, where he met Colleen McCanna.

Sig and Colleen were married in Reno, Nevada, on Oct. 31, 1952. Honorably discharged from the Air Force, Sig resumed the study of mining engineering at Wisconsin Institute of Technology, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. He graduated president of the student body and at the top of his class.

In 1956, Sig joined the Pan American Oil Company in Kansas as a roustabout and engineer trainee. For the next thirty plus years he helped find and develop producing oil fields around the world. His work took him to Texas, Louisiana, Alaska, and Colorado. In 1967 Sig transferred to the international division and moved to Norway. His international assignments took the family to Holland, back to Norway, then Tehran, Iran; Cairo, Egypt; Houston, Texas and back to Egypt. Sig eventually retired in Houston as Amoco’s executive vice president of Africa and the Middle East.

Sig enjoyed retirement and initially he and Colleen split their time between their lake house in Hutchinson and their home in Sun Lakes, Arizona. They eventually moved to Arizona full time, where he stayed active with golf for many years and enjoyed the Arizona climate. He loved his wife and family and he was very proud of his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Colleen, and two sons and daughters-in-law: Chris and Cindy Sigurdson and Scott and Stephanie Sigurdson; Grandchildren: Nicole (Sigurdson) Nan and her husband Will Nan, Cincinnati, OH; Amanda Sigurdson, San Francisco, CA; Christian Sigurdson, Los Angeles, CA; Shaun Sigurdson and his wife Cristina, Dallas, TX; Jessica Sigurdson, Groton, CT; and Katie Sigurdson, Los Angeles, CA; Sister: Betty Prefer of Farmington. Sig was preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Edna Sigurdson; sisters Lenore Hunziker, Pearl Werpy, Doris Johnson and brother Orvin Sigurdson.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to:
St, Paul’s Lutheran Church, 412 E Lyon St., Minneota, MN 56264
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 11:00am
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church
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    Pastor Lance Isaacson
  • Interment

    St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery
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Peter Willcox

Posted at 06:13pm
Dear Colleen -thinking of you and Sig as always. He will always be with us. Much Love Peter Willcox

Peter Willcox

Posted at 11:37pm
My heartfelt condolences to Colleen and family. Sig was such an important influence in mine and others' lives. He was already a legend when I went to work for him in Egypt in 1980. He was my guide, my mentor, then my model and finally my close friend. He was a man of great intellect, charm, and integrity; tough when he needed to be but kind and generous to those in need. It made no difference to Sig where you came from, only your character as a person, which is why he was so outstandingly successful internationally, respected and loved by people of all nationalities. We will not meet his like again. Peter Willcox
Colleen, forgive me for being so slow; news takes too long to get down here to Australia. If you would like to contact me anytime my email is Love Peter

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Posted at 04:21pm
Thinking of you guys! Sending you hugs and prayers! Love, Gilda and Wayne
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Posted at 09:57am
our love and thoughts go out to Colleen,Scott , Chris and their families. We knew them way back in 1969 in Holland and then Norway in early 70's . Sig was a wonderful mentor to me (and as most know .. tough) . It was just Sig and me for 4 straight years and was the most developing and fun time in my career. Will never forget him!

Steve Kennedy

Cheryl Sigurdson Wall

Posted at 08:37am
While I did not ever get to meet him, he was my father’s cousin and they shared the same nickname, Sig. My thoughts and prayers will be his family.

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