Jack Randolph Seiverling. 93, WWII, Korea vet, Arthur M. Yeager owner, served on Ephrata School Board, Chamber of Commerce

By on February 17, 2016

Jack Randolph Seiverling, 93, passed away at the Lebanon Veterans Hospital Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

He was born Aug. 13, 1922, in Ephrata, son of Irving Seiverling and Alma Ressler. He is survived by his wife. Joyce (Drybread), whom he married on Jan. 2, 1947.

Following his graduation from Girard College in 1939, Jack worked at Hamilton Watch in Lancaster until his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps, waiving his deferment as a defense worker. In December 1942 he was sent to the South Pacific where he saw action in New Caledonia and Bougainville. Although a Private First Class, he was selected for Officers Candidate School and sent stateside in 1945. He was in training at Dartmouth College when World War II ended.

Following his discharge, he returned to Hamilton Watch and later worked at an Army Civil Service job at the Marietta Depot. As a U.S. Army reservist, he was called to active duty during the Korean War and stationed in Germany, serving as a staff sergeant.

He returned to Ephrata in 1956 and began a career in real estate and insurance at the Arthur M. Yeager agency, Beginning as a salesman, he later assumed a managerial role and eventually became the firm’s owner.

Jack was the secretary of the Ephrata Chamber of Commerce for 23 years, active in the local PTA, and a member of the Ephrata Legion, Ephrata V.F.W, Ephrata Kiwanis Club and Salem Lutheran Church. He was also a 32nd degree Mason (Ephrata Lodge 665) and served on the Ephrata Area School Board from 1964 to 1970. His legacy of community service includes 25 years with Teen Challenge.

In addition to Joyce, his wife of 69 years, Jack is survived by his daughter: Jacklyn of York; and son: Jeffrey of North Carolina. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Elizabeth Fischer of New Jersey; Amy de Silva of Wales, U.K.; Adam Keagy of New Jersey; and Chelsea Bryan, and Tyler Seiverling, both of Ephrata. He has six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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