Donald Wayne Siler

Donald Wayne Siler returned to his heavenly home on 7 December 2021.  Born in Burke, SD on April 11, 1935, he moved to Ridgecrest with his parents in 1944 and remained for the rest of his life.  After graduating from Burroughs’ High School in 1953, Don was drafted into the Army for two years.  During this time Don met the love of his life and Mother to his four children, Lynette Cecile Boswell.  Don and Lynne married in 1961 and raised two daughters and two sons in Ridgecrest – who are all currently Ridgecrest residents.

Don was always very involved with the community and his family.  He worked at Hildreth Motors for many years before operating his own businesses including a car rental, truck and trailer rental and a screen shop.   He was a Charter member of Grace Lutheran Church, a Charter member of the Dust Devils Auto Club, a member of the China Lake Rotary Club for 20 plus years and served on the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Board for over 20 years.  He knew so many people in Ridgecrest by the car they drove or the one they own/used to own.   He enjoyed showing off and sharing the 1940 Ford Coupe he owned since 1951 and restored to its original condition in 1981.  Don’s “Forty” was his prize possession and loved the fact his father “a mechanic by trade” rebuilt the motor in his Forty, the last one of his father’s career.   He loved spending time with his family, loved to go fishing and hunting and especially enjoyed the time he spent with the grandkids.  Don’s grandkids brought out the best in him, he never missed a game or event.  Don always stopped what he was doing to help with the grandkids; picking them up from school, taking them to practice or taking them out driving was the true joy in his life.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Gordon and Leitha Siler and his wife of 49 years Lynnette Siler.

In 2011, Don married his current wife, Kay Pace Edwards Siler, of New Harmony, UT.   Don and Kay spent many happy years together spending the summers in Utah and their winters in Ridgecrest where they could be close to both families.  Kay was a devoted wife to Don and helped to take care of him for many years as he battled dementia.

Don is survived by his wife Kay Edwards Siler, daughter and son-in-law Donna and Jim Weeks,  son and daughter-in law Douglas and Christy Siler, daughter and son-in-law Darla and Jeff Dumas and son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Alessa Siler;  Lance and Melody Edwards of Sandy, UT, 18 grandkids, and 4 great grandkids.

Funeral Services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church on January 8, 2022 at 2:00 PM.  Following will be a graveside service at Desert Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Grace Lutheran Church.

Story First Published: 2021-12-17