Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Seavers in the News -- Otto W. Seaver Dies in Illinois in 1972

 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 Quad-City [Davenport, Iowa] Times newspaper dated 15 December 1972, page 30:

The transcription of the article is:

"Otto Seaver

"Services for Otto W. Seaver, 71, Reynolds, will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the Crummy Funeral Home, Reynolds.  Burial will be in Reynolds Cemetery.

"Visitation is at the funeral home.

"Mr. Seaver died Tuesday in Mercer County Hospital, Aledo, Ill.

"Mr. Seaver worked as a self-employed repairman.

"He was born in Kempton, Ind.  He married Grace Dunker in 1926 in Monmouth, Ill.

"Mr. Seaver is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Harold Mendenhall, Dayton, Ohio; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. James Jackson, Kempton."

The source citation is:

"Otto Seaver,Quad-City [Davenport, Iowa] Times newspaper, Friday, 15 December 1972, page 30, column 7, Otto W. Seaver obituary,   Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 10 April 2023).

This obituary identifies his name, residence, age, date and place of death, names of his wife, daughter and sister, and occupation, but no military or association information.  

Otto Watson Seaver (1901-1972) was born 11 December 1901 in Kempton, Indiana, the son of Frank Buchanon and Harriet Olive (Watson) Seaver.  He died 12 December 1972 in Reynolds, Illinois.  Otto W. Seaver married (1) Ruby Mae Henderson on 10 September 1919 in Kempton, Indiana.  The had two children:

*  Anita Mae Seaver (1922-1957), married 1940 Eugene Robert Quist (1916-1977).
*  Helen Ruth Seaver (1923-1981), married 1940 Harold Earl Mendenhall (1916-1989).

Otto W. Seaver married (2) Grace E. Dunker (1902-1990) on 28 December 1926 in Rock Island, Illinois.  They had no children.

I am not related to Otto Watson Seaver (1901-1972).  He is a 2nd great-grandson to Henry and Elizabeth (--?--) Seaver who settle in Virginia in about 1770. 

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 a short obituary. I am glad that I can honor Otto Watson 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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