Published: Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Edward L. Seiner, son of Stanley and Marie (Novak) Seiner, was born Jan. 12, 1922, in Tabor, S.D.
After his father’s death in 1927, the family moved to Wagner, S.D., and his mother later married Joseph McCarthy. Ed attended Wagner schools until he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in Sturgis, S.D. He served in the Army Air Corps from Oct. 23, 1942, to Oct. 22, 1945. Ed served in the South Pacific with the 804th Aviation Engineers, 7th Air Force, building runways for bomber and fighter planes on the islands of Baker, Makin and Saipan.
Upon his return from active duty, he worked on Fort Randall Dam and then with his brother and step father at McCarthy Bros. John Deere dealership in Wagner until 1950 when he began farming.
Ed married Ardath Alt Aug. 2, 1948. The two had four children: Edward S., Jerry, Patricia and Karen. Together they farmed and raised their children nine miles north of Wagner. They retired from farming in 1981. Ardath died July 31, 1992.
After his retirement, Ed worked at Crossroads until 1994, when he started traveling to Arizona for the winter. He spent 17 years at Coach Stop RV Park in Wellton, Ariz., where he made many friends and enjoyed the sunshine every day.
Ed was a life member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Rollie Bucholz VFW Post 7319 and the American Legion Greer Post 11. He also served on the Kennedy Township Board for several years.
Ed will be remembered for his undying love of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially his niece and nephews who always knew him as Uncle Ladimer. He will also be remembered for his love of farming, anything John Deere, gardening, flowers, plants and his hat collection.
Ed died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, S.D. He was 91.
Ed was preceded in death by his wife Ardath; son Edward S.; brother Robert (Bud); sister Eleanor Hoover; son-in-law Walt Griffin; and grandson Kyle Seiner.
He is survived by his children Jerry (Sandy) of Armour and their family Michael (Sarah), Kimberly (Nick) Buchholz, Scott (Tracy), Jeffrey and Cody and fiancee Amy Roethke; Pat (Dave) Griffin-Sides of Custer and her family Jenny (Gene) McNabb, Julie (Jeremy) James and Sam Griffin; and Karen (Darn) Petrik of Yankton and their family Jason and fiancee Amanda Dawley and Nick (Brandi) Petrik; 14 great-grandchildren, Brady, Dylan and Sophia Seiner; Shante, Makyla and Ella Buchholz, Aubree Seiner, Paige and Morgan McNabb, Jaxon James, Hope, Coody and Mazie Petrik and T.J. and Addison Petrik.
Mass of Christian Burial was April 9 at St. John Catholic Church in Wagner. Burial followed in the parish cemetery with military honors.
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