Obit: Seefeldt, Philmore "Sam" A. (1924 - 2007)
Contact:  Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Seefeldt, Andersen, Helm, Colbert, Balsiger, Struck

----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, WI.) January 17, 2007

Seefeldt, Philmore "Sam" A. (October 7, 1924 - January 15, 2007)

Philmore A. "Sam" Seefeldt, age 82, Chippewa Falls, died January 15, 2007, at the Clairemont Nursing Home in Eau Claire.

He was born October 7, 1924, in Sherman Township, Clark County, to Gladys (Andersen) and Edwin Seefeldt. He grew up and was educated in the Spencer/Chili area and farmed on the family farm.

Sam married Elaine R. Helm on March 3, 1946, at Mapleworks Lutheran Church in Granton. Following their marriage, they famed near Chili for two years. They moved to Melrose where they farmed for eight years with George Schlegel. They then moved to Alma Center and farmed for two years. They returned to Melrose in 1958 and purchased a farm which they operated until retiring in 1996, when they moved to Chippewa Falls.

He had been a member of the Melrose Creamery Board; assessor for the Township of Melrose; and secretary of Melrose Lutheran Church. Sam was a milk hauler and school bus driver while farming; and was an avid square dancer.

Sam is survived by his wife, Elaine; two daughters, Kathie (John) Colbert, of Madison; Linda (Mike) Balsiger, of Chippewa Falls; a son, Randall (Susan) Seefeldt, of San Diego, CA; a sister, Dorothy (Ralph) Struck, of Spencer; a brother, Eldore "Jack" Seefeldt, of Unity; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Maynard Seefeldt.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2007, at Our Hope Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls, with the Rev. Philip Pitt officiating. Services will also be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Zion Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in Granton with Pastor John Trewyn officiating. Graveside services will follow at Zion Lutheran Missouri Synod Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel in Chippewa Falls and ½ hour prior to the service Friday at Our Hope Lutheran Church. Friends may also call from 2:45 to 3 p.m. Friday at the Zion Lutheran Missouri Synod Church in Granton.

"Just a farmer," you said,

And I laughed ‘cause I knew

All things that farmers

Must be able to do.

They must study the land,

Then watch the sky

And figure just when

Is the right time and why.

I guess when God needed

Folks to care for his earth

He chose "just farmers"

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