Victor John Seil, Sr., was born on January 27, 1921 at home at a farm house south west of Fessenden, ND to Michel and Grace Theresa (Janisch) Seil. Victor was the 4th of 10 children born to his parents. He attended school in Fessenden & a country school south of Heaton until the 8th grade.
He married Margaret Grant on November 15, 1945 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Sykeston, ND. They had 9 children together: Donald, James, Catherine, Victor Jr., Norman, Carol, Rebecca, Steven and Debra. Margaret passed away on February 17, 1965. He married Clarice (Guenther) Stowe in 1973. He married Joann (Peterson) Hopkins in 1986 and she passed away in November 1996. Victor lived for most of his life on the family farms. He moved to Sykeston in 1990, Hillsboro in 1996 and KinderCare Home in West Fargo in December 2012.
Farming, music and his family brought him great joy throughout his life. He actively farmed until he was 75 and played in local bands until 2012. In his later years he enjoyed playing his viola at barn dances held every summer at the Elroy Lindaas farm outside of Mayville.
He is survived by five son’s: Donald (Susan) Clinton, IA; James (Michelle) Heaton, ND; Victor Jr., Fargo, ND; Norman (Julie) Sykeston, ND; Steven (Brenda) Pettibone, ND., and four daughters Catherine (Curt) Aljets, Eagan, MN; Carol Hill, Guymon, OK; Rebecca (Jody) Hams, Hillsboro, ND; and Debra (Larry) Dell, Mapleton ND. One sister: Joan Kahl, Carrington, ND. One sister in law, Irene Seil, Fargo, ND. Twenty six grandchildren and thirty-one Great-Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wives Margaret and Joann, brothers John, Harold and Frank, sisters Catherine Seil, Mary Speed, Margaret Wilson, Anne Grant, and Betty Laber. Two grandson’s Arick Seil and Carl Weippert and one son-in-law Don Hill.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Augustine Catholic Church in Fessenden, ND on September 11, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Father Will Ovsak officiating. Interment will be at the Hillside Cemetery following the service.
Victor’s family would like to thank Melanie and the staff at KinderCare for all the extra special care that was given to their father and also to Hospice of the Red River Valley.