Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Seavers in the News -- Fred O. Seaver Dies in Fontana, Wisconsin in 1967

 Here is this week's 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 Janesville [Wisc.] Daily Gazette newspaper dated 25 February 1967, page 2:

The transcription of the article is:

"Fred O. Seaver

"FONTANA -- Fred O. Seaver, 71, World War I veteran, died yesterday in the Veteran's hospital, Madison.  A farmer until 1942, he was a salesman for Adams Roofing Co., until he retired.

"Born in Bergen, Wis., May 31, 1895, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Knute Seaver.  His first wife, the former Evelyn Davidson, died in 1931.  He married Minnie Laughran April 11, 1936 in Harvard.

"He was a member of Walworth Masonic Lodge, Zor Shrine and the American Legion.

"Surviving are his wife; two sons, Kenneth, Lake Geneva, and Harlan, Williams Bay; one daughter, Mrs. June Lenon, Kalispell, Mont.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Jeanette Rossmiller, Plainfield, Ill; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

"Services will be at 2 p.m., Monday in the Walworth Funeral Home, the Rev. James Parker officiating.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Sharon.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 o'clock tomorrow.  The Masonic service will be at 8 o'clock."

The source citation is:

"Fred O. Seaver," Janesville [Wisc.] Daily Gazette, Saturday, 25 February 1967, page 2, column 3, Fred O. Seaver obituaries; Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 26 September 2022).

This obituary identifies his name, age, residence, implied death date and place, parents names, spouse's names, children's names, an occupation, some work history, and some church association information, but no cause of death.

Frederick Ollie Seaver (1895-1867) was born 31 May 1895 in Boone County, Illinois, the son of Knute and Jennie (Helgorud) Seaver.  He died 24 February 1967 in Fontana, Walworth County, Wisconsin.  He married (1) Evelyn Davidson (1895-1931) on 9 June 1919 in Woodstock, McHenry County, Illinois.  They had three children.

*  June Darlene Seaver (1921-2003), married 1949 Franklyn Albert Lenon (1919-1993).
*  Kenneth Thomas Seaver (1924-1998, married 1946 to Jacqueline Rae Alexander (1925-2015).
*  Harlan Gene Seaver (1929-2015), married Mary Ann Bilhorn (1927-2004).

Frederick Ollie Seaver married (2) Mary M. (Windeck) Laughran (1894-1975) on 11 April 1936 in Harvard, Wisconsin.  They had no children.

I am not related to Frederick Ollie Seaver (1895-1967).  His paternal grandfather was Knute Sjursen Varme Seaver who was born in 18265 in Ytre Kvarme, Voss, Norway.
There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes an obituary is fairly complete.  I am glad that I can honor Frederick Ollie 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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