Robert E. “Bob” Seibert, 86

Robert E. “Bob” Seibert, 86, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 4:07 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

He was born on Jan. 10, 1926, in Van Wert County, the son of John and Doris (Mack) Seibert, and they preceded him in death.

On Sept. 20, 1945, he married Augusta M. Johns, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 5, 2001. On Aug. 11, 2001, he married Naomi M. Hickerson Souder, and she survives.

He is also survived by a son, Kenneth E. Seibert of Wapakoneta; two stepdaughters, Loretta (Danny) Hawkins of Hillsboro, Ky., and Charlotte (Gene) Benton of Flemingsburg, Ky.; three stepgrandchildren, Daryl (Ashley) Hawkins, Stephen Story and Jessica Story; three brothers, Lester Seibert and Clayton (Marilyn) Seibert, both of Spencerville, and Lloyd (Ruby) Seibert of Van Wert.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Dorothy Seibert.

Bob was a lifelong farmer, retiring from active farming in 2009. He had worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in St. Marys.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was stationed in Hawaii.

He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Wapakoneta. A member of the Farm Bureau, he was a former member of the St. Johns Fire Department, where he served as secretary. He was also a former member of the Buckeye Farm Antiques Inc.

His hobbies included riding his Gator around the farm, his antique tractors, playing checkers and searching for arrowheads.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, State Route 501, Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Mark Bauer officiating.  

Burial is to follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Johns Fire & Rescue.

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