|Birth: ||Dec. 17, 1944|
|Death: ||Jan. 11, 2009|
John August Seidelman, 64 of Oswego IL, crossed the finish line Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., January 11, 2009 and Mikey Waltrip lost one of his number one fans. One of John's last wishes was that anyone that smokes should please stop – lung cancer is a painful death.
John was born December 17, 1944 to August and Dorothy (Van Etten) Seidelman. He attended Oswego High School before joining the US Navy when he was 16. John had a love for Navy and airplanes and was stationed at Whitbey Island, WA, VAH-4 Squadron, also served aboard the USS Kittyhawk off Vietnam, and the USS Forrestal in the Mediterranean.
John was born and raised in the Oswego area and spent several years in Fairchild, WI, Naperville, IL and finally returning to Oswego.
John worked many jobs in the Oswego area from Dean's Dairy as a driver, Caterpillar, welder at Dynaweld, Peterson Manufacturing, and was on medical leave from Caterpillar because of medical complications. John was first married to Diane Lewis and had two children, later divorced and married Lois Howell. John and Lois recently celebrated their 32nd anniversary.
It was later in life that John and his wife, Lois joined the ranks of NASCAR racing fans and their favorite was Mikey "55" Waltrip. They ventured to NC to meet and see him racing.
John is survived by his wife, Lois (nee Howell), of Oswego, son, John August (Michele) Turner and grandchildren: Dylan, Brandon, Austin, Griffin and Mikayla.; daughter Michelle Lee (Kent) Sager of LaPorte, Indiana and grandchildren: Daniel and LeeAnn Sager. He is also survived by his older brother, James Seidelman of West Hollywood, CA, Sister, Susan (Charles) Feltes of Osseo, WI. As well as nieces and nephews: Jennifer (Terry) Estenson, their children: Karli, Kelby, Kylee and Kysen John Estenson of Whitehall, WI, Katherine (Tim) Fischer and son Langdon of Stoughton, WI, Deacon Victor Feltes of Columbus OH, Laura (Andrew) Forecki of Madison, WI, brother Joey (Barbara) Seidelman of Aurora IL and children: Joey Jr. (Patti) Seidelman and Lisa (Kevin) Jobe, and Brother-in-Law Tom ( Cindy ) Howell of Fredricksburg, VA and Nephews: Jim (Doreen) and children Danny and Josh Howell of Montgomery, IL; and Doug (Pam) and children Anna, Garrett, and Emily Howell of Oswego, Nephew: Tom (Lori) Highfield of Venice Florida, Niece: Melissa (Nick) Pacitti of Galloway, NJ.
Uncle Harold (Ardis) Seidelman of Aurora, IL, Aunts Mary Lucas of Sandwich, IL, Nancy Weaver of New Auburn, WI and Uncle Warren (Joyce) Van Etten of Grant, AL., Aunt Edythe (Mrs. Robert)Van Etten, and his dog Cricket.
John was preceded in death by his parents.
The family would like to extend our sincerest thanks for the prayers and support over the last year and a half and especially to the "WALNUTZ" who shared their prayers with John until the end.
Donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or VITAS Chicago South Program (Hospice Care), 600 Holiday Plaza Drive, Suite 200, Matteson, IL 60443.
Soar on Eagle's Wings, John.
Further information is available from McKoewn & Dunn Funeral Home, Oswego IL
John August Seidelman of Oswego, IL died Sunday, January 11, 2009 at his residence.
Complete funeral arrangements will be announced later by McKEOWN-DUNN FUNERAL HOME, LTD & CREMATION SERVICES of Oswego, IL in this newspaper.
Published in the Beacon News on 1/12/2009
A burial service, with military honors was held on the 3rd of July 2009 where John's ashes were buried on his father's grave. Family members were present and thank the honor guard.
August Raymond Seidelman (1917 - 1999)
Dorothy Joyce Van Etten Seidelman (1922 - 2008)
Plot: Block 4 Lot 20 on Father's Grave 3 July 2009
Created by: James Seidelman
Record added: Jan 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32853331