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Kurt William Sielaff

March 29, 1951 August 4, 2020
Kurt William Sielaff
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Obituary for Kurt William Sielaff

Kurt W. Sielaff, follower and servant of Jesus the Christ, age 69, passed away somewhat unexpectedly on August 4, 2020. Recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure, his doctors were in the process of determining the cause (it was not obvious, as up until recently he had been in excellent health) and establishing a treatment. There was, apparently, not enough time for that, as God desired to bring him to his home country earlier than imagined. Kurt was first and foremost a dedicated Christian, and though he often did not express himself in eloquent ways, the intentions of his heart were good—he wanted others to have a personal relationship with Jesus just as he did. He was keenly aware of the fact that Christians are merely sojourners on the earth, and that their true native country—the place where they truly belong and deeply long to be—is in heaven. People will speak of him as a man of faith—and that is what he *was*—but now he no longer has any need for faith, for he is in the very presence of God, and sees clearly that for which he hoped.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

“[Those who live by faith] were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (Hebrews 11:16)

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (Philippians 3:20-21)

Kurt graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit (class of 1970) and then from Madonna University, where he earned a paramedic certificate. He was a hard-worker and worked in a variety of different fields over the years, most notably as a firefighter and then a paramedic for the Detroit Fire Department, later as a paramedic for the Redford Fire Department, and most recently as a non-emergency medical transport driver. He was an animal lover and owned three different dogs over the last several years—Carlos, Mary, and Barry. He held a keen interest in both domestic and international politics as well as world events, and somehow always seemed to be aware of what was transpiring on the global stage; in fact, he had an amazing ability to engage in an extremely diverse spectrum of topics in general, allowing him to quickly establish rapport and connection with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. He loved the outdoors and could never stay inside for too long—even up until a few short months ago he was constantly rollerblading, walking the dog, and spending time at Kensington and Island Lake parks, where he would often go during the winter to ice skate and play pickup hockey. He also enjoyed camping, cross-country skiing, and swimming, especially in Lake Michigan. His personality was an outgoing and engaging one, and though he had his faults, he was at his core a selfless and generous person, and no one could even begin to claim otherwise. He is already greatly missed. He is survived by his spouse Jean, sons Jason, Kevin, and David, grandsons Connor, Lucas, Trevor, and Tyler, nephew Rob, grandniece Elizabeth, and many others.

A memorial service will take place at Herbst Rd Cemetery, 6901 Herbst Rd., Brighton, MI 48114, on Saturday, August 15, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Kurt desired that at his service we would speak about the good times, vacationing by the lake, and going on camping trips; that the Bible be read, that Jesus be shared, and that music glorifying Jesus be played, so that is exactly what we will do. We will also sing two of his favorite songs, How Great Thou Art, and It Is Well With My Soul. In lieu of flowers, his family requests monetary donations, which will be split 75% / 25% between the Glorious Freedom Mission, a ministry that Kurt loved wholeheartedly, and defraying funeral service costs. Donations may be made here:

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2:30 PM 8/15/2020 2:30:00 PM - 3:30 PM 8/15/2020 3:30:00 PM
Herbst Road Cemetery

6901 Herbst Road
Genoa Twp.
Brighton, MI 48114

Herbst Road Cemetery
6901 Herbst Road Brighton 48114 MI
United States

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