Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Seavers in the News -- Obituary of Joseph H. Seaver Jr. (1906-1978) of Twin Falls, Idaho

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 Times-News [Twin Falls, Idaho] newspaper dated Thursday, 9 February 1978, page 18, Column 1:

The transcription of the article is:

"Joseph H. Seaver Jr.

"TWIN FALLS -- Joseph h. Seaver Jr., 71, Twin Falls, died Wednesday afternoon at Magic Valley Memorial Hospital.

"Born June 4, 1906, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came to Twin Falls in 1906 at the age of 3 months.  He married Rugh Belleville June 30, 1933.

"For several years during World War II, Mr. Seaver served as director of the Selective Service in Twin Falls.  A contractor the last 30 years, he served as president of the Southern Idaho Chapter of the Associated General Contractors.

"He was an expert marksman and a member of the National Rifle Association.  He was division champion in the Idaho National Guard three times and division coach three times.

"A member of the National Guard for 14 years, he was commander of the local company for six years and director of Civil Defewnse for two years.

"Mr. Seaver was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Elks Lodge.

"Survivors are his wife, Twin Falls; one daughter, Mary E. Dimmick and one son, Joseph E. Seaver, both San Francisco; one brother, William H. Seaver, Twin Falls, and three grandchildren.

"He was preceded in death by one grandson.

"Graveside services for Mr. Seaver will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in the Twin Falls Cemetery by Rev. Gilbert Myers.

"White Mortuary is in charge of arrangements."

The source citation is:

"Joseph H. Seaver Jr.," The Times-News [Twin Falls, Idaho] newspaper, Thursday, 9 February 1978, page 18, column 1, Joseph H. Seaver Jr. obituary; imaged,  Newspapers.com  (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 29 April 2024).

This obituary provides the decedent's name, residence, age, birth date, death day and place, wife's name, children names, siblings names, associations, work history and services, but not his marriage information. 

Joseph Henry Seaver Jr. (1906-1978) was born 4 June 1906 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Joseph Henry and Ella Grace (Smith) Seaver.  He died 8 February 1978 in Twin Falls, Idaho.  Joseph married Ruth Bellville (1900-1984) on 30 June 1935 in Twin Falls, Idaho.  They had two children:

*  Joseph Edwin Seaver (1938-????), married 1958 Mary Frances Keefe (1936-????).
*  Mary Elizabeth Seaver (1945-????), married (1) 1963 Philip Ray Dimmick (1943-2016), married (2) 1984 Donald Eugene Rodelander (1936-????).

Joseph Henry Seaver (1906-1978) is my 7th cousin 2 times removed, with the most recent common Seaver Shubael Seaver (1640-1729). 

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this is one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person's obituary has lots of information about a person's life.  I am glad that I can honor Joseph Henry Seaver Jr. 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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