Kenneth E. Seibel, 80, Elgin, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center, in Bismarck.
Funeral Services for Ken will be held at 10:30 a.m. MT on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church, in Elgin. Pastor Deb Cantrell will officiate with burial at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, in Elgin. Full Military Honors will be afforded by the George W. Snook American Legion Post #246 and the North Dakota Military Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 3:00 – 7:00 pm MT on Wednesday, July 10th, with a family service starting at 7:00 pm MT all at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Elgin.
Ken Seibel was born April 4, 1939, to Fred and Frieda Seibel, in Elgin. He graduated from Elgin High School with the class of 1957. He enrolled at NDSU after selling his saxophone to pay for his college tuition. After the first quarter of college, he enlisted in the United States Army. Ken was originally stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., later spent six months at Aberdeen, Md., and then shipped out to Kitzingen, Germany, where his jobs included Company Commander Driver and Postal Clerk. The thing he enjoyed most while stationed in Kitzingen was playing football for the U.S. Army Kitzingen Saints as he traveled all over Germany and played the game he loved.
Ken was honorably discharged from the Army in October of 1960 and enrolled at Dickinson State College in 1961. He played three years of football at DSU. He was team captain for two years and was an all-conference right tackle. He graduated in the spring of 1965 with a Bachelor of Science Physical Education Degree. He was just a few credits short of a Biological Science Degree and Commerce Degree.
Ken married the love of his life, Jacqueline Seibel, on Feb. 22, 1963. They were married for 56 years.
In the fall of 1966, they moved to Center, where he taught business, was an assistant football and track coach, and head basketball coach.
In 1968, he went to work for Horace Mann Insurance, and a couple of years later took a job with Edward Don Company restaurant sales. In 1973, he purchased the Gottfreid Fried farm, south of Leith. In the mid-80s, he worked at the Elgin Post Office, and then worked in the Bismarck Post Office from 1990 until he retired in 2000.
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Ken enjoyed boating, playing softball, camping, and fishing. There are many stories of Uncle Ken pulling nieces and nephews, usually a little too fast, and his own skiing adventures at Lake Tschida. He also enjoyed traveling, which included trips with his wife and family to Alaska, The Bahamas, Florida, New England states and traveling to many UND Football games in Oregon, California, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.
Over the years, he enjoyed playing softball with his three sons. He retired from softball at age 55 and will be missed by his softball buddies from Harry’s Bar, Ole’s Bar, Jim N I Lounge and Sportsmen’s Lounge.
He will also be missed by his Lake Tschida camping friends, Leith farming friends and his Bismarck Post Office friends.
Ken is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Seibel; sons, Jason (Rae Ann) Seibel, of Bismarck; Justin (Heather) Seibel, of Bismarck; Jade (Shelly) Seibel, of Elgin; eight grandchildren, Joshua, Alex, Cooper and Shelby Seibel, Brooke (Brian) Johnson, SaCora Hopfauf, Martin (Jessica) Werner, Sydney Werner; one great grandson, Ian Werner; brother, Donald (Kris) Seibel, Mosseyrock, Wash.; sister, Edith Hauge, Elgin; sister-in-law, Viola Seibel, Sun City, Ariz., and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sister-in-law, Fred and Ruth Seibel and Lorenz Seibel; sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Adam Schadler; and brother-in-law, Grant Hauge.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established by the family.
Condolences to the family may be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.