BENKELMAN - Wilmer Wendell "Bill" Seybold, 71, of Benkelman, Neb., passed away July 30, 2006, at his home with his family by his side. He passes on having given a legacy of hope, strength and compassion to his family and those who knew him.
He was born Dec. 19, 1934, southwest of Trenton, Neb., the son of Charles Lester and Esther Lilly Seybold. He graduated from Benkelman High School in 1952.
Bill joined the Army in March 1954. His basic training was at Fort Ord, Calif. During his two years in the service he was stationed in Aberdeen, Md., and Fort Hood, Texas.
After his discharge from the Army, the Seybold family made their home in Hershey, Trenton, Wilber and Benkelman, Neb. Bill was acknowledged from several organizations and found great accomplishment in his occupation as City Utilities Superintendent at Trenton, Wilber, and Benkelman. He was a member of the Masonic Blue Valley Lodge 64 in Wilber and was Past Master of Justice Lodge 180 in Benkelman. He also participated as a member in the Tehama Shrine Club; Rotary Club in Wilber; Volunteer Fire Dept. in Wilber and Benkelman; and American Legion of Benkelman. Bill enjoyed playing golf with "the boys" at the Benkelman Country Club.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his granddaughter, Lindsey Jean DeWester.
Bill is survived by Dorothy Seybold of Greeley, Colo.; children Susan Rushing and husband, Ray, of St. Louis, Mo; Mary Seybold of Spokane, Wash.; Terry Sulzbach and husband, Gary, of Cleveland, Tenn.; Mark Seybold and wife, Lisa, of Benkelman; and Julie DeWester and husband, Dick, of Benkelman;
His grandchildren are Jennifer French and husband, Ben of Aurora, Neb.; Steven Korinek of St. Louis, Mo.; Rachael Dooley and husband, Jason, of Cleveland, Tenn.; Chris Sulzbach and wife, Marki, of Branson, Mo.; Heather Sulzbach of Cleveland, Tenn.; Christy Seybold of McCook, Neb.; Brian Anderson of Omaha, Neb.; and Cody DeWester of Lincoln, Neb. His great-grandchildren are Collin and Courtney French of Aurora, Neb; Chloe Sulzbach of Branson, Mo. and Abigail Seybold of McCook, Neb.
He is also survived by his brother, Nathan "Dick" (Bruz) Seybold and wife, Georgie, of Trenton; their son, Dave Seybold, of Trenton, Neb., and their foster son Brian Blankenship, wife, Connie, and son, Jared, of Kearney, Neb.
Visitation will be Wednesday, August 2, 2006 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.
Funeral services will be Thursday, August 3, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment with military honors will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.