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Seegmiller, Orval Clista 1913-2004


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 8/4/2012 at 16:32:07

Orval Seegmiller, age 91, of Decorah and formerly of Waterloo, Iowa, died Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at Aase Haugen Home in Decorah.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at the First United Methodist Church in Decorah. Rev. Carol Cress will officiate. Burial will be in Phelps Cemetery in Decorah. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 16, 2004 at Fjelstul Funeral and an hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church, or Phelps Cemetery in Decorah.

Orval Clista Seegmiller was born January 21, 1913 on the home farm in Canoe Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa, the son of Rueben and Margaret Belle (Schlarbaum) Seegmiller. He attended Canoe Township No. 3 (Springwater) Country School in Winneshiek County.

He was united in marriage to Agnes C. Sersland on May 27, 1934 in Winona, Minnesota. To this union five children were born: Dorothy, Wayne, Ruth, Fern and Orval, Jr..

Orval began his farming career at a young age following the death of his father. He and his mother operated the family farm until Orval and Agnes moved to Dysart, Iowa in 1949. They farmed near Dysart for three years and then in 1951, they purchased a farm in Orange Township, Black Hawk County, just south of Waterloo. That first year, Orval farmed at both properties. The family moved to the Orange Township farm in 1952. They made their home there, and operated the farm in partnership with Orvalís mother, Margaret until her death in 1975. Orval and Agnes continued to farm until Agnes passed away on March 23, 1992. He returned to Decorah in July 1992 to be closer to his family. During his farming career, Orval raised cattle, hogs and also ran a dairy operation for a time. In later years, he raised seed corn.

Orval was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Decorah, where was baptized on January 18, 1914. He was confirmed and became a full member of the church in 1925. Orval was head usher at the church and was a former member of the church board. Orvalís memberships included Farm Bureau; he served several year terms on the Decorah Creamery Board and the Canoe Township School Board. He was a former member of the South Waterloo Church of the Brethren in Waterloo, IA. Orval loved being a farmer. He enjoyed working the land with conservation in mind, gardening, reading and watching wildlife in his backyard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes, his parents, a sister, Hazel Morgan; a brother, Rueben Seegmiller; a grandson, Brian; one daughter-in-law, Pamela Seegmiller and one granddaughter-in-law, Shelly Bartlett Seegmiller.

He is survived by five shildren, Dorothy Mae (Horace) Seegmiller of Decorah, Wayne (Margaret) Seegmiller of Queen City, MO., Ruth (Bob) Kerns of Sun City West, AZ., Fern (Jon) Schmid of Mahnomen, MN., Orval Seegmiller, Jr. of Waterloo, IA.; thirteen grandchildren, Rodney Seegmiller, Mark Seegmiller, Daryl Seegmiller, Donna Kay Farley, Steven Seegmiller, Lynn C. Seegmiller, Nancy Hudson, Scott Seegmiller, Cara Kisthard, Dee Ann Chan, Tim Schmid, Mark Schmid and Matt Schmid; twenty-four great-grandchildren, Julie Seegmiller, David Seegmiller, Brian Seegmiller, Brad Seegmiller, Brittany Seegmiller, Brooke Seegmiller, Clinton Seegmiller, Shannon Seegmiller, Jason Farley, Joel Farley, Jeremy Farley, Jordan Seegmiller, Heather Seegmiller, Bryanna Seegmiller, Ashley Hudson, Mike Hudson, Evan Seegmiller, Emily Ann Seegmiller, Ashley Seegmiller, Aaron Seegmiller, Maelynn Kisthard, Bannack Kisthard, Nathan Schmid, Beth Schmid; and one great-great-grandson, Brady Jaster.

Source: Fjelstul Funeral Home database

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