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Wilbur Lee Seamster

October 27, 1924 March 7, 2019
Wilbur Lee Seamster
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Wilbur Lee Seamster, 94, died Thursday, March 07, 2019, at Stratford Pines.  He was born October 27, 1924, in Sheridan, Wyoming, to Thomas Olen Seamster and Anna (Chitwood) Seamster.  In 1925 the family moved to Muscatine, Iowa,  where they lived until moving to Midland in the late 1930s.

The family soon joined the First Baptist Church of Midland and Wilbur was baptized April 5, 1942.  He graduated from Midland High School in 1943, and immediately joined the U.S. Navy. 

   Most of his time during World War II was spent on the USS Alabama where he positioned 5” guns for firing.  Wilbur was awarded the Philippine Liberation Ribbon (2 Bronze Stars), the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal (6 Stars) and the Victory Medal.  He received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy March 10, 1946.  He graduated from the Industrial Training Institute in Chicago in 1950, and became a Journeyman  Electrician at The Dow Chemical Company. On May 29, 1947, Wilbur married Leona Clark.  They were active square dancers for many years and in 1982, was Assistant General Chairman of the National Square Dance Convention held in Detroit, Michigan.
Following his retirement from Dow in 1982, Wilbur began making wooden toys and soon became well known for the trains and smaller toys that he sold at arts and crafts bazaars in the area.

 Wilbur is survived by his wife of 72 years, Leona; sons Jerry (Gail), Tom (Margie) and Richard; daughter Susan (Jim) Funk ; grandchildren  Ashley, Brett, Jillian,  Christopher  (Cyndel), Sheridan,  Hope and Missy Seamster.  He is also survived by great grandchildren Skyler, Ryder, Brody, Wesley, Dustin,  Rocco and  Emersyn Seamster, and many other beloved friends and family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Alfred Seamster; sister, Lucile Seamster Barnes;  daughter-in-law, Aimee Seamster; and grandson,  Blake Alan Seamster.

Wilbur’s funeral service will take place at 12:00 Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at First Baptist Church,  915 E. Sugnet Road.  Pastors John Dick and Lara Freeburg will officiate. Visitation will be held at Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St. on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m , and at the church on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of services.   Memorials may be offered to the First Baptist Church.


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Visitation

Monday

11

Mar

2:00 PM 3/11/2019 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 3/11/2019 4:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Visitation

Monday

11

Mar

6:00 PM 3/11/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/11/2019 8:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

12

Mar

11:00 AM 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 3/12/2019 12:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church

915 E. Sugnet
Midland, MI 48640

First Baptist Church
915 E. Sugnet Midland 48640 MI
United States

Service

Tuesday

12

Mar

12:00 PM 3/12/2019 12:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church

915 E. Sugnet
Midland, MI 48640

First Baptist Church
915 E. Sugnet Midland 48640 MI
United States

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915 E. Sugnet
Midland, MI 48640
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