- Fairbury News staff
Christopher Lee Siegmund, 53, of Wichita passed away suddenly after an acute and serious illness on Saturday April 11, 2020 at 1.19pm in Andover, Kansas. He was born on July 13, 1966 in Waukegan, IL.
Chris met his Wife Helen Farrelly in Dublin, Ireland and they were married November 2015. She survives in Wichita.
Chris will be remembered by his mother, Janie Barnard of Tuscola, IL and father, Bill (Irma) Siegmund, Canyon City, Co. His sister, Lori & Dennis Butler Tolono, IL, and a brother-in-law, Stan Crews, Pontiac, IL.
Other survivors include his many nieces and nephews, Michael (Betsy) Butler, Matthew Butler, Christian (Bobbie) Butler, Logan (Sarah) Wooldridge, Kegan (Cynthia) Chavez, Haley Laughlin, Mallory Crews, Owen Jones, Colm Jones, Megan Jones, Darragh Grehan, Jennifer Grehan, Matthew Grehan, Michael Grehan, Daniel Kilcoyne & Adam Kilcoyne.
He is sadly missed by his parents in law in Dublin Ireland, Owen & Eileen Farrelly and his brothers & sisters in law; Gareth & Evelyn Jones, Tony & Trisha Grehan, Maurice & Margaret Grehan, Fionnuala & Shaun Kilcoyne.
He is preceded in death by a sister, Kari Crews.
Chris graduated from Fairbury-Cropsey High School in Illinois, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration & Management from University of Denver.
He was proud of the work he did for the pharma industry and held multiple positions with Pfizer over the years in Manhattan, Philadelphia, Dublin Ireland, Strangnas Sweden and McPherson Kansas.
He was an operations manufacturing lead in the largest Pfizer biopharmaceutical plant in Dublin, Ireland. Chris moved from there to become the site leader of Pfizer operations in Strangnas, Sweden and relocated in late 2017 to Wichita Kansas where he headed up the contract manufacturing operations in Pfizer, McPherson Kansas.
His early career was with Amgen, California as a global operations leader. Chris enjoyed traveling the world and meeting new people. His charisma, kindness and quick smile ensured he made a lot of friends along his journey. Chris loved animals especially his greyhound dogs, and his German Shepherds Lars & Loki.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date with family and friends.