Larry Joseph Seipel
Larry Joseph Seipel, 60, of Wayland, Missouri, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2009 due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Larry was born on September 11, 1948 in Maryville, MO to Earl and Ace Seipel. Larry, with a twinkle in his eye, started honing his lifelong gift of mischievous playfulness. He spent his younger years loving the freedom of roaming the farm and looking for ways to menace his younger brothers and sisters.
He joined the U.S. Army and served in the 1st Battalion/22nd Infantry, 4th Division during the Vietnam War. He carried an M16 machine gun in D Company and was recon in E Company.
After his military service Larry was the lead tank drive for Flying J Transportation for over 15 years.
Larry was joined in marriage to Pamela Jo on November 18, 2004 in West Des Moines, IA. They had such a love story and meant the world to one another. Larry was a devoted family man. He had a love for John Deere tractors, Harley Davidson motorcycles, his family and friends and life itself. He enjoyed the time he spent with his riding buddies; Ron Roberts, Bill Seipel, Paul Beaman, Ed Beaman, Ryan Oliveira, Kurt Burkhalter, Rick Roberts, Steve Roberts, Danny Roberts, Gary Drake, Bruce Overton, and Rick Jenkins; and his fishing buddies David Parsons (Earl May), DJ, son; Josh, Mohawk Man, son; and our dear friend Joyce. Larry classified these memories as “Good Times…Good Times. Thanks “Willie”!
Larry is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Pamela; son, Jeremiah of Lincoln, NE; tow daughters, Amanda (Ryan) Oliveira and Danielle Freemyer (Kurt Burkhalter), both of Des Moines, IA; grandson, Jared Oliveira and granddaughter, Rheanna Oliveira; his father, Earl Seipel of Maryville, MO; mother-in-law, Bernita Roberts of Waukee, IA; brother Gene (Barb) Seipel of Glencoe, MN; sister, Barb (Tom) Bein of St. Jo, MO; sister, JoAnn (Phil) Townsend and brothers, Don (Linda) Seipel and Bill (Danna) Seipel all of Maryville, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ace Seipel and a daughter, Michelle Seipel.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 8 at 10:00 am at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel, with military rites by the U.S. Army Funeral Honors Team. Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers included Jeremiah Seipel, Don Seipel, ron Roberts, Kurt Burkhalter, Paul Beaman, Gene Seipel, Bill Seipel, Ryan Oliveira, Jared Olieira, Grandpa’s sidekick, Jim Beaman, and Ed Beaman.
Officiating the service was Msgr. Michael Hess, the eulogy was given by Mark Seipel. Musical selections included Waitin On a Woman and When I Get Where I’m Going, by Brad Paisley; Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd; and Can You Hear Me When I Talk To You, by Ashley Gearing.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospitals, a charity Larry and his wife Pam were very dedicated to.