George Elliott Siek, Sr., 88, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018. He was born August 10, 1930 in Hartford, CT, the son of the late Hilmer and Dorothy Merkel Siek. Mr. Siek was raised in West Hartford and then attended Indiana University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. After serving in the US Army he moved to Largo Florida in 1956. Mr. Siek opened a Recreational Vehicle parts and supplies distribution business that covered the state of Florida. After 32 years in business he retired and moved to Highlands as a fulltime resident. Mr. Siek opened the Museum of American Cut and Engraved Glass on Chestnut Street in Highlands on May 5th of 1996. He had a passion for this art and was an avid collector himself. He served as the museum curator for over 21 years until it closed in October of 2017. As a member of the Masonic Lodge for 57 years, he was raised to the degree of a Master Mason. He was also an active member of Highlands United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Beth Siek, Psy.D. of Tampa, FL, sons, George E.Siek, Jr. (Alicja) of Lake Wylie, SC, Danny Siek (Trese) of Franklin, NC, David Schaller (Leel) of Sorrento, FL and John Schaller of Harber Springs, MI; grandchildren, Jena Siek, Brittany Siek, Jordan Siek and Mackenzie Siek all of Charlotte, NC; Abbey Siek and Garrett Siek of Franklin, NC; Dakkota Siek of Lake Wylie, SC and Mackenzie Sanders of Pineville, NC; Debbi Presley Siek, a special family member and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Bonnie Siek. He is also preceded in death by two brothers, H. Gerard Siek, M.D. and Richard A. Siek.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00PM, Friday, December 14, 2018 at Highlands United Methodist Church, with Rev. Randy Lucas officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:30AM until 1:00PM prior to the service. A joint graveside service for Mr. Siek and his late wife Bonnie will be held Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Highlands Memorial Park. Online condolences can be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com. Bryant Grant Funeral Home is serving the Siek family. He will be deeply missed.