Thursday, October 14, 2021

Seavers in the News - Joseph Loren Seaver Dies in 1957 in Independence, Missouri

 It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from The Kansas City [Mo.] Star newspaper dated 6 September 1957:

The transcription of the article is:

"SEAVER -- Joseph Loren Seaver, 64, of 1419 West Short avenue, Independence, died today at the Independence hospital.   He was born in Milan, Ind. and had lived in Independence 10 years.  He was a member of the Reorganized Latter Day Saints Stone church.  He was a retired carpenter.  He leaves his wife, Mrs. Lena Seaver of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Betty Jane Taylor, 3001 Santa Fe road, Independence; two sons, Donald Lee Seaver, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and Robert Loren Seaver, 913 South Liberty street, Independence; two brothers, William Seaver, Adrain, Ill., and Thomas O. Seaver, Cleves, O.; two sisters, Mrs. Vena Fish, Quincy, Ill., and Mrs. Anna Malcom, El Paso, Ill., and five grandchildren.  Funeral services will be at 4 o'clock Sunday at the Speaks chapel, Independence.  Burial will be in Powelton, Ill."

The source citation is:

"Seaver,The Kansas City [Mo.] Star newspaper, Friday, 6 September 1957, page 31, column 5, Joseph Loren Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 14 October  2021).

This obituary provides the name, home address, death date and place, age, birthplace, spouse's name, childrens names, siblings names, an occupation, and a religious affiliation.  

Joseph Loren Seaver was born 2 September 1893 in Midland City, Illinois, the son of Lemuel and Henrietta (Raney) Seaver.  He died 6 September 1957 in Independence, Missouri.  He married Lena May Siegfreid (1897-1998) on 13 June 1914 in Illinois.  They had four children:

*  Floyd Thomas Seaver (1918-1938)
*  Betty Jane Seaver (1924-1987), married 1949 Chester George Taylor (1919-1997).
*  Donald Lee Seaver (1926-1963), married (1) Opal Louise West (1919-2000); (2) 1962 Violet Hope Carcieri (1923-1998).
*  Robert Loren Seaver (1929-1999), married 1961 Carol Mae Clemence (1926-2010)

I am not related to Joseph Loren Seaver to my knowledge.  Joseph Loren Seaver is a descendant of Johannes Wilhelm Siebert and Catherine Peck of Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri.

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has all of his relatives named in his obituary. I am glad that I can honor Joseph Loren Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


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