Dewitt Obits

Joseph Thomas Seggelke of Lincoln

Joseph Thomas Seggelke, 87, Lincoln, went to be with his Lord Tuesday (June 25, 2013) at The Christian Village in Lincoln.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Lincoln Christian Church with Ryan Edgecombe and Dr. Paul Boatman officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Camp Butler National Cemetery, near Riverton.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home,  Lincoln.

Joe was born Oct. 14, 1925, in Hamilton, the son of George H. and Nellie Marie Hawkins Seggelke. He married Maxine Amberg on April 7, 1945, in Lincoln. She survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Bonnie Jo (Bud) Klockenga, Dix; three sons, Thomas Derald (Rita) Seggelke, Edwin Dean (Linda) Seggelke and Mark Allen (Barb) Seggelke, all of Lincoln; 11 grandchildren, John Klockenga, Wendy Wittl, Jennifer Albrecht, Ryan Seggelke, Trent Seggelke, Amy Taylor, Erin Taylor, Kelly Dye, Lillie Seggelke, Jason Seggelke and Jeffrey Seggelke; 22 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Peggy Seggelke, Springfield; and brother-in-law, Buck Amberg, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Florence Smith; and his brother, Harold Seggelke.

Joe was a graduate of Lincoln Community High School in 1943 and Lincoln Christian University in 1957. He served in the U.S. Navy as an electrician’s mate on the USS Cowpens aircraft carrier during World War II.

He served as a minister at Blooming Grove Christian Church in Palmyra, and also did supply preaching for Lincoln Christian College for a number of years before leaving for South Korea for 3½ years where his family served as missionaries.

He was a printer for the college for 27 years and then worked alongside his son at Key Printing for 13 years.

He was a faithful member of Lincoln Christian Church where he served as elder for several years, was a member of Jolly Seniors, taught Sunday school in the Christian Corner Sunday School Class for 40 years and was on the missions team at church. Joe was instrumental in starting the Inner City Mission in Springfield and served on the board for many years.

Memorial donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to Lincoln Christian Church, The Christian Village, Lincoln Christian University or the Inner City Mission and will be accepted at the funeral home.