Arlin Sigmon, 81, of Auburn, Iowa, died at his home on Monday, July 27, 2020.
Visitation was Thursday, July 30, at Lampe Funeral Home in Lake City. A private family burial was held.
Arlin passed away on the same family farm he was born on Aug. 24, 1938, raised and spent his entire life. He and his wife, Eleanor, worked side by side throughout their 60 years of marriage, building a home and life into a family legacy for their children, Clint and Brenda.
Throughout his life, Arlin developed many interests, and sticking with his feelings about sharing his knowledge and experience with younger generations, he shared all of this with anyone who cared to learn more. Due to his love for agriculture, Arlin restored antique farm equipment, winning many awards. For 25 years he put on an antique power show/thrashing bee on the family farm. Thousands of people got to experience and participate in this passion.
A later interest in cooking developed into competitive cooking, joining the Chuck Wagon Association, at building an authentic chuck wagon used in cooking competitions. Arlin, along with the rest of the team — Clay, Tim and Angie — won many awards.
In many areas around Auburn, you could see maple trees tapped, and if you were lucky, you were at the “Sugar Shack” on the farm when the sap was cooked down into Prairie Mill Maple Syrup.
Arlin was a talented craftsman, creating beautiful leather art. He met and married Eleanor Larmer while working as a rodeo clown/bullfighter in 1959. The couple returned to Iowa and settled on the family farm.
Arlin is survived by his wife, Eleanor; son, Clint (Michelle) and grandson Cody (Laura) and their children Elodie and Levi Keith; daughter, Brenda (Barry) Baker and grandchildren Andrea Mae and her daughter Arlihn Charlotte, Lucas (Makayla) and Kyle; sisters, Ardith Sigmon and Arlene (Robert) Foster; sister-in-law, Marlene Sigmon; many nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Adelia Sigmon; parents-in-law, John and Junes Larmer; brother Arlo and two infant twin brothers.