C. Albert Seibert, 91, of Seymour, passed away Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at his home after a brief illness.
Born Oct. 10, 1924, in Heltonville, he was the son of Cletus and Irene Waldon Seibert, both of whom preceded him in death. On June 15, 1942, in Greensburg, he married his high school sweetheart, Zelda Dyer. They were married 67 years at the time of her death Jan. 11, 2009.
After graduating from Shields High School in 1942, Al started working for the B&O Railroad as a jackman, operating the jack and jacking up and lining up the track. He was drafted into the Army in March 1943. He was a combat engineer with the 75th Infantry Division participating in, enduring and surviving the greatest land battle, the Battle of the Bulge, and earning several awards, including the Purple Heart. In January 1946, Al started at Cummins Engine Co. From 1965 until he retired in 1982, he was the master parts book supervisor.
An avid aviator, owning several airplanes in his lifetime, Al built his own experimental aircraft in the early 1980s. In May 2005, he received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, which is awarded to pilots with more than 50 years of flying experience. In 1996, a dedicated group of local residents, including Al, Jack Hildreth, Ted Jordan, Harry Knight, Lou Osterman and Lou Thole, started the Freeman Army Airfield Museum to preserve the history of the cadets who trained at Freeman Field during World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Fraternal Order of Eagles, AOPA, EAA and Civil Air Patrol.
Survivors include his three sons, Verney Scott Seibert, Steven Albert (Judy) Seibert and Joseph Mark Seibert; grandchildren, Kevin (Tonyia) Seibert and Jennifer John; a great-granddaughter, Anjelica Seibert; and two siblings, David Seibert and Barbara Glenn.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Voss Chapel in Seymour with the Rev. Gary Dyer officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery with full military graveside rites by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47 and Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until time of service Friday.
Memorials may be made to Freeman Army Airfield Museum.
Online condolences may be made at vossfuneralservice.com.