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Wallace Seibel

Wallace C. “Vic” Seibel was born Dec. 2, 1921, in rural Marion County. He left this life of June 15 at the age of 87.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Bertha Seibel, and brothers, LeRoy and Vernon. He is survived by Betty, his wife of 66 years; five children, Judy Eskridge, Patricia Hall and husband Gary, David Seibel and wife Debra, Richard Seibel and wife Sharla, and Deb Brewer and husband Bruce; 14 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. His 27th great-grandchild is expected in July.

Wallace grew up in rural Peabody and attended eight years of education at Center School northwest of Peabody, and two years of high school in Peabody, where he met his future wife, Betty Newton.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in August of 1942 and, following a reenlistment, served until he received his honorable discharge in February 1946. During a nine-day furlough and following a four-year courtship, he and Betty were married on April 5, 1943, in her parent’s home in Peabody.

After his discharge Wallace returned to Peabody where he was employed by KP&L. Later he owned and operated Vic’s Café and worked as a fabrication department supervisor at Hay and Forage Industries, Hesston. He retired from Hay and Forage in December 1985 after nearly 25 years of employment.

Following Wallace’s retirement, he and Betty traveled extensively in the continental United States. In later years Wallace enjoyed visiting and being visited by his children, and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 17 at Baker Funeral Home, Peabody. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 18 at the First United Methodist Church, Peabody.

Last modified June 17, 2009

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