In memory of

Arlo Sigmon

May 9, 1936 - May 26, 2019
From: Sac City, IA
Arlo Sigmon

Arlo Sigmon

Born: May 9, 1936
Died: May 26, 2019
Age: 83
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In lieu of flowers memorials have been requested to be directed to the United Methodist Church in Sac City, Iowa.

   Arlo Sigmon, age 83 of Sac City, IA, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Loring Hospital in Sac City. Arlo David Sigmon was born on May 9, 1936, to parents JC and Stella (Koppleman) Sigmon in Auburn, IA. He was baptized and confirmed at the Presbyterian Church in Auburn. Arlo grew up in Auburn where he attended Pleasantview #5 Country School south of town and graduated with Auburn High School’s Class of 1954. After graduation, Arlo served his country by joining the United States Army in November of 1956.  He earned the rank of Corporal and earned special honors as a sharp shooter and also received the good conduct medal.  He was honorably discharged in 1958. After returning home, Arlo attended the Reisch American School of Auctioneering in Mason City, IA. He would later own and operate Farmers Hay and Straw Auction Co.

   On June 7, 1959, Arlo was united in marriage to Doris Marlene Shaw at the United Methodist Church in Sac City, IA.   This union was blessed with two sons: Matthew and Mark.  He raised his family in Sac City where he also farmed the land and raised livestock. Arlo was also a school bus driver for 25 years. Perhaps one of his most beloved roles though, was when he got to dress up as Santa Claus and walk the streets of Sac City during the holiday season. He was the “town Santa” for over 25 years.

   Arlo spent most of his adult life around auctions either working them, attending one just for the fun of it, or was there as a buyer himself. He enjoyed going to charity auctions, horse sales, and selling at the Waverly Midwest Draft Horse Sale.  He thoroughly enjoyed his horses and mules.

   Arlo was very involved in the community. He volunteered as an Auctioneer annually at the Sac County Fair and really enjoyed volunteering his services every year at the United Methodist Church pork loin and pie auction…we all know why, for the pie of course! Arlo was a long time member of the United Methodist Church in Sac City where he was a part of the men’s group.  Every morning he had coffee with “the guys” whether it be at Hutch’s Café or Food Pride. He cherished the moments he spent with his family and friends. Arlo loved his family unconditionally and was always there to help when needed.  He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of almost 60 years, Marlene Sigmon of Sac City, IA; son Mark (Dianna) Sigmon of Sac City; grandchildren: Melissa (Gregg) Thomsen (Kortni and Dylan) of Sac City, Michelle (Mike) Auen (Cooper, Carson and Malia) of Sac City, Sarah (Taylor) Thompson (Piper and Marina) of Sac City, Mollie Sigmon, Kellie Sigmon and Jadon Horton all of Sac City, Shawn (Summer) Sigmon (Storm, Raven and Davey) of Sierra Vista, AZ, and Justin (Stephanie) Sigmon of Laurens, IA; sisters: Arlene (Bob) Foster of West Des Moines, IA, and Ardith Sigmon of Des Moines, IA; brother Arlin (Eleanor) Sigmon of Auburn, IA; many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

   Arlo was preceded in death by his infant twin brothers; parents JC and Stella Sigmon; son Matthew Sigmon; parents-in-law Earl and Maude Shaw.


Funeral Services
11:00 a.m., Wednesday
May 29, 2019
United Methodist Church
Sac City, Iowa
Reverend Missy Brown
4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday
May 28, 2019
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 12:53 PM
“I want to express by sympathy to the family. Arlo would call in his auction results weekly and I really enjoyed the phone calls. His outlook on weather and farming in general was always a welcome addition to my work day and will be missed. ”
- Jane Thoresen
Monday, June 3, 2019 at 11:02 AM
“Please accept my sincere condolences to the family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Arlo. The Bible assures us at Psalms 34:18 that God is near to those broken in heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May your many memories help you find peace and comfort as you go through the coming days.”
- randall
Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 9:47 AM
“At Hutches Cafe I would want to see and talk to the Sigmons. You were the best and will be missed. ”
- karen riddle
Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 9:47 AM
“Always enjoyed getting Arlo and my mother together to hear stories of them growing up south of Auburn. He also drove bus for our kids. He will be truly missed by all that knew him.”
- Lynn Ramsey
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:04 AM
“We hold so many good memories with you all, including the auction sales with Arlo and Lamont selling. The trail rides with the kids and getting after them, and the good times at our houses. We are sorry we won't be coming to the funeral, but you will definitely be in our thoughts. Prayers of comfort for you all.”
- Lamont and Darlene Swanson
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:04 AM
“Arlo was my bus driver from 5th grade on to my senior year. Long after my my bus riding years he still teased me that I rode the bus as a senior instead of driving my car! He will forever be a part of my school memories! ”
- Jenny Swenson Stock
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:04 AM
“Rest In Peace Arlo Rest In Peace ”
- Charlie “tuna” Schnirring
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:04 AM
“Sorry for your loss uncle mark and family”
- Nickdodson
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:04 AM
“I was sorry to hear about Arlo’s passing. He was such a kind man. I remember him driving bus for my kids! Your family is in my prayers. Melissa Langbein and Kids”
- Melissa Langbein
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:04 AM
“Sympathy to the family! Arlo I never did get your secret hoof treatment recipe! We always laughed about that! Steve Frank, Nelsons Premix”
- Steve Frank
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:04 AM
“So sorry to read of Arlo’s passing..we knew him through his auctionering at our church God’s Portion sale at the Woodlawn Christian Church in Lake City..his smile and laugh always added so much fun to the sale..may he Rest In Peace.”
- Leon and Judy Hendricks
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:04 AM
“Thinking of all of you....Arlo touched so many lives and was such a kind man...prayers for all of you ”
- Cindy and Ron Williams Family
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:04 AM
“Marlene and family, we send our condolences and prayers for your family. Arlo was such a good person. He will be greatly missed.”
- Larry and Judy Whittle
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:04 AM
“Sorry to hear of arlos passing. I knew arlo My whole life. From the saddle club to him and my dad being auctioneering partners. Prayers to the sigmon family”
- Bryan swansin
Monday, May 27, 2019 at 3:39 PM
“As I learned of Arlo’s failing health, I found myself reflecting on the limited, but impressionable memories of my brief years growing up within a mile of the Sigmon farm. He invited us for sleigh rides with him and my parents often talked of how they helped each other out as kind neighbors do in Iowa. Although my family later moved to Cherokee, Arlo and his family have just simply been kind and caring whenever our paths crossed over the next 50 years. My sympathies to the Sigmon family. ”
- Colleen (Frank) Sengpiel
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