NORTH NEWTON — Harold W. Seyfert, 93, died Nov. 20, at Kidron Bethel Healthcare Center, North Newton.
Harold was born May 12, 1921, in rural Barton County. He was the son of Fred and Carrie Arensman Seyfert. He was a long-time farmer in Barton County, raising wheat and beef cattle, as well as maintaining a small dairy for a number of years. He also worked for USD 354 for 20 years as a custodian and bus driver.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, serving from 1942-1946, and primarily at Pearl Harbor.
On Oct. 7, 1944, he married Evadine Thorne at Beaver Friends Church, Beaver. Upon his discharge from the service he and Evadine began farming in Russell County, and later taking over the family farm in Barton County.
He was a member of Beaver-Shannon Friends Church until its closure in the late 1990s, and then transferred his membership to the Claflin United Methodist Church. He was active in church, teaching Sunday School classes and serving on many administrative committees. His faith was very important to him.
Harold is survived by his children: daughter, Karen Sue DeGrazio of Newton; son, Dennis Lee Seyfert and wife Sharon, of McPherson; and daughter, Cindy Kay Sheffield and husband Mike, of Edmond, Okla.; grandchildren Adria DeGrazio, Barry DeGrazio, and Nicole Sheffield; and great-grandchild Ryan DeGrazio. He was preceded in death by parents; wife Evadine Willena Seyfert; and sister Arvela Riemann.
Graveside service and burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the Hoisington Cemetery in Hoisington, with the Rev. Gene Langhofer presiding. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to the Claflin United Methodist Church Endowment Fund or Kidron Bethel Village, North Newton.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*
415 N. Main; P.O. Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 23, 2014