Fairfield, Nebraska, resident Dixie Marie (Versaw) Siemsen, 83, died Sunday, August 2,
2020, at her home surrounded by family.
A memorial service is 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Fairfield Presbyterian Church in
Fairfield with pastor Joyce Dean officiating. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday with
family present from 5-6 p.m. at Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation
Center in Hastings, Nebraska. In honor of Dixie and her passion for the health and safety
of others, the family says that those attending the visitation and funeral must wear a face
covering. Since there are material sharing restrictions, the funeral home asks that you
bring your own pen for signing the registration book or memorial envelopes. If you do
not bring one, one can be provided for you. Memorials may be given to Fairfield Fire &
Rescue, the Fairfield Presbyterian Church, or the Sandy Creek Public Schools
Foundation. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com.
Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.
Dixie was born May 17, 1937, in Minden, Nebraska, to Willie and Lois (Martin) Versaw.
They had one son, Keith, and four daughters: Helen, Norma, Dixie and Elaine.
Dixie and her siblings grew up on a farm northwest of Franklin on Center Creek. As a
youth, Dixie was a member of Franklin Methodist Church where she was baptized and
participated in the church youth group and choir. She also was a 4-H member, raising
livestock and doing sewing and cooking projects. She attended District 68 School until it
was dissolved. She then attended Franklin Public School, graduating from high school in
She played volleyball and participated in drama, vocal music, band and orchestra. She
also was a member of the pep club.
Dixie attended Hastings College/Mary Lanning School of Nursing for one year.
On June 6, 1981, Dixie married Bob Siemsen at his home in Angus, Nebraska. After their
wedding, they resided in Fairfield. Their home was famous for orange popcorn balls as
treats every Halloween.
Dixie’s first marriage was to Marland Wolfe on Nov. 23, 1956. They moved to Fairfield
in 1957 where they had five children — Terri, Tami, Kevin, Kent and Toni.
After the couple divorced, Dixie worked multiple jobs so she could raise her five kids. In
April 1972, she became a bus driver for Sandy Creek Public Schools and also worked in
the school’s kitchen. She also worked two summers on a hay crew at the Roman L.
Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center, Nebraska. In the late 1970s,
she began driving a propane truck for D&F Propane and Burke Energy before going back
to full time as a bus driver for Sandy Creek. When a school year ended, she drove a bus
and ran a detasseling crew in the summer for Pfizer Genetics. She later drove a bus and
ran a detasseling crew for S&J Detasseling of Glenvil, Nebraska, something she did until
2009. She drove a school bus for Sandy Creek until 2018. For some families in the
district she drove three generations of children to and from school as well as to their
activities. She was a “mom” to many children.
In Dixie’s spare time when her kids were young, she was a leader for Cub Scouts and
Girls Scouts, and helped coach softball. She also served on the committee for Fairfield’s
bicentennial and a celebration for the Oregon Trail.
In April 1978, she became an EMT, and a CPR instructor a couple years after that. In
1996, she became a certified EMT/first-responder instructor. She was a volunteer for
Fairfield Fire & Rescue for 26 years and later joined Edgar Fire & Rescue.
She was a member of the Nebraska Emergency Medical Services Association and the
Nebraska Instructor Society.
She was a past member of the Fairfield Community Club and Library Board. She was an
inactive member of the Fairfield American Legion Auxiliary.
She was a member of the Fairfield Presbyterian Church. Dixie’s faith was important to
her, and it was reflected in how she served others.
In addition to being around kids, Dixie enjoyed gardening, working in the yard,
crocheting, reading, dowsing and spending time and playing cards with family and
Dixie was a great mother, wife, grandmother, sibling, neighbor, friend and caregiver.
Dixie was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Keith Versaw; sisters, Norma
Steinkrueger and Elaine Forgey; brother-in-law, Keith Steinkrueger; and sister-in-law,
Survivors include husband, Bob Siemsen of Fairfield; sister, Helen (Gene) Arnold of
Trumbull; daughters, Terri (Jeff) Horst of Lincoln, Nebraska, Tami (Ken) Marvin of
Crete, Nebraska, and Toni (Darran) Fowler of Hastings; sons, Kevin Wolfe (friend
Susette Gurnsey) of Fairfield and Kent (Kaye) Wolfe of Lincoln; 12 grandchildren, Zac
(Rudi) Wolfe of Lincoln, Chelsee (Scott) Bruening of Marysville, Ohio, Spencer Wolfe
of New York City, New York, Micah (Kara) Marvin of McCook, Nebraska, Anna Horst
of St. Joseph, Missouri, Jami (Skyler) Stortenbecker of Cozad, Nebraska, Teylor Wolfe
of Lincoln, Holly Wolfe of Hastings, Michael Horst of Lincoln, Mitchell (Devin) Marvin
of Cairo, Nebraska, Jake Fowler of Omaha, Nebraska, and Jacki Fowler of Lincoln; and