Transition: George Arthur Sigler (Nov. 29, 1948-Oct. 17, 2018)

Monday, October 22, 2018

George Arthur Sigler, of Eureka Springs, was born Nov. 29, 1948 to Wilbert Amos and Marian Eggleston Sigler. He passed away peacefully at home on the mountain top on October 17, 2018 at the age of 70.

In 1984, he was united in marriage with Kathleen Marie (Shadrick) Sigler who survives him. He is also survived by his son, Ben Wulff and wife, April of Texarkana, Texas; two grandchildren, Jackson George and Annabel Wulff of Texarkana, Texas; his brother-in-law, Gene Schumacher of Fremont, Ohio and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Wilbert and Marian Sigler and his two sisters, Norma and Mary Anne.

George worked as a guidance counselor for the Eureka Springs High School and Blue Eye High School in Missouri, he also worked as an ER nurse for many years at Carroll County Regional, Mercy Hospital Berryville, the Eureka Springs Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City among others.

George was, above all else, a good man who lived in the service of others. Whether in his work as a child trauma nurse, ER nurse or as a counselor, he had a sincere empathy for others and carried their load when they were not able. He will be remembered for his acerbic wit, his irreverence, and his genuine care for his patients and coworkers. George was a gifted story teller who raised the spirits of all those around him. Other than his passive-aggressive conflict with those in administration, he rarely ever said a bad word about anyone. Some of his famous quotes:

As a youth: “If I ever made more than a C in school, I worked too hard.”

On the Zen of nursing: “When I have to start an IV, I close my eyes and become the vein [he rarely missed an IV stick];” “No matter what happens today, just remember, this shift will end;” He described his nursing style as “active non-involvement.”

As a counselor: “make choices that lead to you having more choices, not less;” “Fill out one of those scholarship thingies [gesturing to a pile of applications on a table].”

As a husband/father: “Why would I look in the rear-view mirror, that’s where I’ve been, not where I’m going;” “The reason I fell in love with your mother was because she sang all the time. It made me happy. [they married after a 30-day courtship].”

He will be remembered as an outstanding grandfather, father, and husband who was the embodiment of comfort and peace.

Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 26, 2018, at the Nelson’s Chapel of the Springs in Eureka Springs. Memorial donations may be made to the Mission Clinic of Berryville, 700 S. Main, Berryville, AR 72616. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com. © Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. 2018