ANDREW "ANDY" SEIFERT JR.
Andrew "Andy" Seifert Jr., age 95, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Park Villa Nursing Home, Clyde, Kan. He was born on May 31, 1918, in Clyde, Kan., to Andrew Sr. and Laura (Black) Seifert.
Andy graduated from Clyde High School in 1938. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942-1945. He married Josephine M. Nault on April 21, 1941, in Clyde, Kan. They had been married for more than 72 years. Andy was a lifelong Clyde resident and began working for his father at Seifert Jewelry in Clyde, Kan., which was established in 1902. He assumed ownership in 1970 after his father died and owned the store until 1980 when he sold the business to his son, Allan. His grandson Scott and wife Dawn purchased the business in 2007 and Andy continued to work at the store part-time until 2012. He was in the jewelry business for 72 years. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clyde, American Legion Post #227, Clifton, the Clyde Area Foundation, and a past member of the Kansas Jewelers Association. Gardening was Andy's passion. He lived to work in his garden and share the fruits of his labor with his family, friends and community. He also loved to share stories and advice abut his gardening and cultivating ideas. Andy was an avid sportsman who loved to fish and hunt. He also volunteered his time "working for the kids" at various local youth sporting events, but especially as a member of the "chain gang" for the football teams at home football games, where he said, "It is the best seat in the house!" Andy also ran the score clock at home basketball games for 40 years.
Andy is survived by his wife, Josephine, Clyde; son, Dr. David Seifert and wife Shirl, Sedona, Ariz.; daughters, Jolene Moore and husband Don, Hays, and Lori Adkins and husband Nick, Clifton; daughter-in-law, Ellen Seifert, Clyde; grandchildren, Michael Seifert, Chereé Netherton, Chad Seifert, Andrea Stovall, Vincent Seifert, Scott Seifert, Leslie Olmstead, Aimee Brisco, Kylie Jefferis, Alison McNeil, and Sadie Pruser; 28 great-grandchilden and a host of additional family, friends, community members, and customers.
He was preceded in death by his son, Allan Seifert; his parents and sister, Lucille Baecht.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clyde, with the Rev. Larry Letourneau officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Clyde, with Military Honors by VFW Post #7515, Clyde. Visitation will be from 12 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27, and family then greeting friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m., all at Chaput Mortuary. The family suggest memorials to Park Villa Nursing Home or Mt. Calvary Cemetery Fund in care of the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit www.chaputbuoy.com.