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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 6-22-09

Alvin “Al” Seele, 82, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away, June 2, 2009, at his home.

He was born July 6, 1926, in rural Lawrence, Kan, to Henry G. and Hulda M. (Schwarz) Seele. At the age of two his family moved to Baldwin Junction, Kan. He was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Reformed Faith, now United Church of Christ. He attended a one-room rural grade school and two years of high school in Baldwin. He then stayed at home and worked on the family farm.

In 1946 he came to Colorado to visit his brother Walt. Al stayed and worked for Albert Stroh on his farm north of town for two seasons, returning each year to Kansas. In 1948 he moved to Colorado permanently and began his farming career with Walt one mile south of Johnstown along the Little Thompson River. He and Walt continued to farm together for approximately 10 years.

On Dec. 13, 1949, he married Lila Reichert of Loveland, Colo. They made their home on that same farm one mile south of Johnstown for the next 52 years. In 2001, when that land was annexed into town, they built a home on their dry land on Weld County Road 15. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this December. He became a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Johnstown in 1963, and served in many capacities.

When Al’s son Kent was old enough to drive, they began farming together and continued that partnership until the time of his death. They farmed land around the Johnstown/Milliken area and also fed cattle for 25 years for the Kerbs Family of Saratoga, Wyo. He sold Acra-Plant shoes, Pioneer Seed and was recently recognized by the Garst Seed Company for 20 years of service. Al’s greatest joy was running the combine and cultivating. During the spring of 2008, he covered 1,000 acres on his 3,020 as he cultivated and ditched all the corn and beans. He also continued to irrigate. He made it through harvest of 2008 before his health began to deteriorate.

During his farming career, he achieved several awards. He was named as a High 10 Grower by the Loveland Great Western Sugar Factory and was honored as a top corn producer by the Denver Agricultural Club.

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He served as President of the Johnstown-Milliken Farm Bureau; was a member of the Weld County Extension Advisory Council, was a board member of the Northern Colorado Agri-Business Association; and a current member of the Colorado Wheat Growers. He was a charter member of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and while on that board was a representative to the National Corn Growers Association.In 1986, he was selected to participate in the National Corn Growers Association Leadership Development Program, sponsored by Ciba-Geigy. In 1987, he was one of 11 Colorado farmers appointed by the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture to serve on the first Colorado Corn Administrative Committee charged with implementing the new corn marketing order. He was subsequently elected to that Committee for his district and served for two terms.

His life was centered on God and family, and he was content. Once asked what his hobbies were, he answered “You don’t need hobbies when you love what you do everyday.” In his younger days, he enjoyed roller-skating and he bowled in Greeley and Loveland leagues. He was especially proud of his granddaughters and took great pleasure in watching them participate in their school and sporting events.

He is survived by his wife Lila; son Kent Seele and wife Diana; and daughter Kathy Seele; and three granddaughters, Kendall Robinson and husband Josh; Andrea Seele and Erin Seele, and one great-grandson Clayton Robinson, all are of Johnstown, Colo., one brother Olin Seele and wife Beverly of Johnstown, Colo., and sisters-in-law Edith Seele of Greeley, Colo., and Rose Seele of Baldwin, Kan., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harold Seele of Baldwin, Kan., and Walter Seele of Greeley, Colo.

Services were held June 8, 2009 at Faith Lutheran Church in Johnstown, Colo.

Interment at Johnstown Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to the Faith Lutheran Church Sign Fund in care of the Viegut Funeral Home, 1616 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, Colo., 80538. Go to http://www.ViegutFuneralHome.com for condolences.

Alvin “Al” Seele, 82, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away, June 2, 2009, at his home.

He was born July 6, 1926, in rural Lawrence, Kan, to Henry G. and Hulda M. (Schwarz) Seele. At the age of two his family moved to Baldwin Junction, Kan. He was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Reformed Faith, now United Church of Christ. He attended a one-room rural grade school and two years of high school in Baldwin. He then stayed at home and worked on the family farm.

In 1946 he came to Colorado to visit his brother Walt. Al stayed and worked for Albert Stroh on his farm north of town for two seasons, returning each year to Kansas. In 1948 he moved to Colorado permanently and began his farming career with Walt one mile south of Johnstown along the Little Thompson River. He and Walt continued to farm together for approximately 10 years.

On Dec. 13, 1949, he married Lila Reichert of Loveland, Colo. They made their home on that same farm one mile south of Johnstown for the next 52 years. In 2001, when that land was annexed into town, they built a home on their dry land on Weld County Road 15. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this December. He became a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Johnstown in 1963, and served in many capacities.

When Al’s son Kent was old enough to drive, they began farming together and continued that partnership until the time of his death. They farmed land around the Johnstown/Milliken area and also fed cattle for 25 years for the Kerbs Family of Saratoga, Wyo. He sold Acra-Plant shoes, Pioneer Seed and was recently recognized by the Garst Seed Company for 20 years of service. Al’s greatest joy was running the combine and cultivating. During the spring of 2008, he covered 1,000 acres on his 3,020 as he cultivated and ditched all the corn and beans. He also continued to irrigate. He made it through harvest of 2008 before his health began to deteriorate.

During his farming career, he achieved several awards. He was named as a High 10 Grower by the Loveland Great Western Sugar Factory and was honored as a top corn producer by the Denver Agricultural Club.

He served as President of the Johnstown-Milliken Farm Bureau; was a member of the Weld County Extension Advisory Council, was a board member of the Northern Colorado Agri-Business Association; and a current member of the Colorado Wheat Growers. He was a charter member of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and while on that board was a representative to the National Corn Growers Association.In 1986, he was selected to participate in the National Corn Growers Association Leadership Development Program, sponsored by Ciba-Geigy. In 1987, he was one of 11 Colorado farmers appointed by the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture to serve on the first Colorado Corn Administrative Committee charged with implementing the new corn marketing order. He was subsequently elected to that Committee for his district and served for two terms.

His life was centered on God and family, and he was content. Once asked what his hobbies were, he answered “You don’t need hobbies when you love what you do everyday.” In his younger days, he enjoyed roller-skating and he bowled in Greeley and Loveland leagues. He was especially proud of his granddaughters and took great pleasure in watching them participate in their school and sporting events.

He is survived by his wife Lila; son Kent Seele and wife Diana; and daughter Kathy Seele; and three granddaughters, Kendall Robinson and husband Josh; Andrea Seele and Erin Seele, and one great-grandson Clayton Robinson, all are of Johnstown, Colo., one brother Olin Seele and wife Beverly of Johnstown, Colo., and sisters-in-law Edith Seele of Greeley, Colo., and Rose Seele of Baldwin, Kan., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harold Seele of Baldwin, Kan., and Walter Seele of Greeley, Colo.

Services were held June 8, 2009 at Faith Lutheran Church in Johnstown, Colo.

Interment at Johnstown Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to the Faith Lutheran Church Sign Fund in care of the Viegut Funeral Home, 1616 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, Colo., 80538. Go to http://www.ViegutFuneralHome.com for condolences.

Alvin “Al” Seele, 82, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away, June 2, 2009, at his home.

He was born July 6, 1926, in rural Lawrence, Kan, to Henry G. and Hulda M. (Schwarz) Seele. At the age of two his family moved to Baldwin Junction, Kan. He was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Reformed Faith, now United Church of Christ. He attended a one-room rural grade school and two years of high school in Baldwin. He then stayed at home and worked on the family farm.

In 1946 he came to Colorado to visit his brother Walt. Al stayed and worked for Albert Stroh on his farm north of town for two seasons, returning each year to Kansas. In 1948 he moved to Colorado permanently and began his farming career with Walt one mile south of Johnstown along the Little Thompson River. He and Walt continued to farm together for approximately 10 years.

On Dec. 13, 1949, he married Lila Reichert of Loveland, Colo. They made their home on that same farm one mile south of Johnstown for the next 52 years. In 2001, when that land was annexed into town, they built a home on their dry land on Weld County Road 15. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this December. He became a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Johnstown in 1963, and served in many capacities.

When Al’s son Kent was old enough to drive, they began farming together and continued that partnership until the time of his death. They farmed land around the Johnstown/Milliken area and also fed cattle for 25 years for the Kerbs Family of Saratoga, Wyo. He sold Acra-Plant shoes, Pioneer Seed and was recently recognized by the Garst Seed Company for 20 years of service. Al’s greatest joy was running the combine and cultivating. During the spring of 2008, he covered 1,000 acres on his 3,020 as he cultivated and ditched all the corn and beans. He also continued to irrigate. He made it through harvest of 2008 before his health began to deteriorate.

During his farming career, he achieved several awards. He was named as a High 10 Grower by the Loveland Great Western Sugar Factory and was honored as a top corn producer by the Denver Agricultural Club.

He served as President of the Johnstown-Milliken Farm Bureau; was a member of the Weld County Extension Advisory Council, was a board member of the Northern Colorado Agri-Business Association; and a current member of the Colorado Wheat Growers. He was a charter member of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and while on that board was a representative to the National Corn Growers Association.In 1986, he was selected to participate in the National Corn Growers Association Leadership Development Program, sponsored by Ciba-Geigy. In 1987, he was one of 11 Colorado farmers appointed by the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture to serve on the first Colorado Corn Administrative Committee charged with implementing the new corn marketing order. He was subsequently elected to that Committee for his district and served for two terms.

His life was centered on God and family, and he was content. Once asked what his hobbies were, he answered “You don’t need hobbies when you love what you do everyday.” In his younger days, he enjoyed roller-skating and he bowled in Greeley and Loveland leagues. He was especially proud of his granddaughters and took great pleasure in watching them participate in their school and sporting events.

He is survived by his wife Lila; son Kent Seele and wife Diana; and daughter Kathy Seele; and three granddaughters, Kendall Robinson and husband Josh; Andrea Seele and Erin Seele, and one great-grandson Clayton Robinson, all are of Johnstown, Colo., one brother Olin Seele and wife Beverly of Johnstown, Colo., and sisters-in-law Edith Seele of Greeley, Colo., and Rose Seele of Baldwin, Kan., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harold Seele of Baldwin, Kan., and Walter Seele of Greeley, Colo.

Services were held June 8, 2009 at Faith Lutheran Church in Johnstown, Colo.

Interment at Johnstown Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to the Faith Lutheran Church Sign Fund in care of the Viegut Funeral Home, 1616 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, Colo., 80538. Go to http://www.ViegutFuneralHome.com for condolences.

Alvin “Al” Seele, 82, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away, June 2, 2009, at his home.

He was born July 6, 1926, in rural Lawrence, Kan, to Henry G. and Hulda M. (Schwarz) Seele. At the age of two his family moved to Baldwin Junction, Kan. He was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Reformed Faith, now United Church of Christ. He attended a one-room rural grade school and two years of high school in Baldwin. He then stayed at home and worked on the family farm.

In 1946 he came to Colorado to visit his brother Walt. Al stayed and worked for Albert Stroh on his farm north of town for two seasons, returning each year to Kansas. In 1948 he moved to Colorado permanently and began his farming career with Walt one mile south of Johnstown along the Little Thompson River. He and Walt continued to farm together for approximately 10 years.

On Dec. 13, 1949, he married Lila Reichert of Loveland, Colo. They made their home on that same farm one mile south of Johnstown for the next 52 years. In 2001, when that land was annexed into town, they built a home on their dry land on Weld County Road 15. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this December. He became a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Johnstown in 1963, and served in many capacities.

When Al’s son Kent was old enough to drive, they began farming together and continued that partnership until the time of his death. They farmed land around the Johnstown/Milliken area and also fed cattle for 25 years for the Kerbs Family of Saratoga, Wyo. He sold Acra-Plant shoes, Pioneer Seed and was recently recognized by the Garst Seed Company for 20 years of service. Al’s greatest joy was running the combine and cultivating. During the spring of 2008, he covered 1,000 acres on his 3,020 as he cultivated and ditched all the corn and beans. He also continued to irrigate. He made it through harvest of 2008 before his health began to deteriorate.

During his farming career, he achieved several awards. He was named as a High 10 Grower by the Loveland Great Western Sugar Factory and was honored as a top corn producer by the Denver Agricultural Club.

He served as President of the Johnstown-Milliken Farm Bureau; was a member of the Weld County Extension Advisory Council, was a board member of the Northern Colorado Agri-Business Association; and a current member of the Colorado Wheat Growers. He was a charter member of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and while on that board was a representative to the National Corn Growers Association.In 1986, he was selected to participate in the National Corn Growers Association Leadership Development Program, sponsored by Ciba-Geigy. In 1987, he was one of 11 Colorado farmers appointed by the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture to serve on the first Colorado Corn Administrative Committee charged with implementing the new corn marketing order. He was subsequently elected to that Committee for his district and served for two terms.

His life was centered on God and family, and he was content. Once asked what his hobbies were, he answered “You don’t need hobbies when you love what you do everyday.” In his younger days, he enjoyed roller-skating and he bowled in Greeley and Loveland leagues. He was especially proud of his granddaughters and took great pleasure in watching them participate in their school and sporting events.

He is survived by his wife Lila; son Kent Seele and wife Diana; and daughter Kathy Seele; and three granddaughters, Kendall Robinson and husband Josh; Andrea Seele and Erin Seele, and one great-grandson Clayton Robinson, all are of Johnstown, Colo., one brother Olin Seele and wife Beverly of Johnstown, Colo., and sisters-in-law Edith Seele of Greeley, Colo., and Rose Seele of Baldwin, Kan., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harold Seele of Baldwin, Kan., and Walter Seele of Greeley, Colo.

Services were held June 8, 2009 at Faith Lutheran Church in Johnstown, Colo.

Interment at Johnstown Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to the Faith Lutheran Church Sign Fund in care of the Viegut Funeral Home, 1616 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, Colo., 80538. Go to http://www.ViegutFuneralHome.com for condolences.