Gene Arthur Seirer

Gene Arthur Seirer passed away on November 8, 2017 in Smith Center, Kansas. Gene was the sixth child out of seven, the youngest boy born to John and Dorothy (Gier) Seirer on August 29, 1937 in Lincoln County, KS. Gene went to school in Lucas, Kansas. His love for sports started at a young age. He loved to play football, basketball, and baseball. Gene loved working with his brothers on the family farm and no one could handle the team like Gene. His only living sibling is Lavonne Rupert, who was like his second mother and helped mold him into the great man he was.
After Gene graduated from high school, he married the love of his life, Marilyn Kay Bates on June 9th, 1956. The couple moved to Natoma, KS to run the lumber yard and raise their three children Tresa, Tracy, and Troy. He was a great father who raised his children with love. He taught them that hard work and honesty is the way to go.
In 1979, Gene and Marilyn moved to Lucas to run Gary’s Grocery with Gene’s brother Gary and his wife Carol. Gene was the butcher and enjoyed visiting with the customers while cutting their steaks and grinding hamburger. He was such a great conversationalist, a man very easy to talk to. In 1995, Gene had the opportunity to work with his son and daughter-in-law every day for 5 years, after Troy and Tina bought Gary’s half of the store. Gene was active in his community involvement which included the fire department, ambulance, and the cookies baseball teams. Grandpa took great pride in coaching the youth in the community. He took these young men under his wing and inspired a passion for baseball. He also wanted to help them become better people.
In 2000, Gene and Marilyn retired from Troy’s Grocery. Gene loved retirement from walking the creek, to cutting wood and to playing round after round of golf. He loved watching the Royals, as long as they were winning. Gene even had the opportunity to coach the local high school golf teams. Gene also loved vacationing in Colorado every summer. He loved fishing for trout, spending time with the May family, falling asleep by the campfire, and cooking over the open flame; but he was okay with the women cleaning up! He just loved this place so much that it was his wish to have his ashes spread over The Big Rock at Bear Canyon.
Gene’s tires spun many miles traveling to his grand kids’ and great grand kids’ endless sporting events. Whether Grandma and Grandpa traveled to Wilson or Wakeeney, or Omaha, NE., New Orleans, LA, or the Bahamas, he truly enjoyed every minute watching them compete. He was so proud of us.
Grandpa and Grandma provided us a great example of what love looked like, and how to love each other. It was no secret that the most important part of Gene’s life was his family. Even though he didn’t show his feelings very often, we all knew how much he loved us. He was proud of who we became as people. He also loved the in-laws who married into his family. He embraced them from day one. Gene also valued his extended family and friendships. He was grateful for all of these relationships he had in his life.
However, after all of this Grandpa did have one regret. He mentioned in his final days that he
couldn’t believe that he still couldn’t make any of us Wildcat fans.
Survivors include his wife Marilyn of the home; daughter Tresa Finch of Smith Center, KS; sons
Tracy (Carolyn) Seirer of Hays, KS and Troy (Tina) Seirer of Manhattan, KS; Grandchildren,
Darcy (Justin) Couse of Lucas, KS; Denyse (David) Kattenberg of Smith Center, KS; Dayna

(Tim) Weltmer of Smith Center, KS; Mykel (Arelyn) Seirer of McPherson, KS; Maryssa Seirer of St. George, KS; Trenton Seirer of Tyler, TX; & Shane Seirer of Hays, KS; 9 Great Grandchildren Dharma, Dayton, Dakota, Dominick, Deklynn, Drake, Darris, Dayvie & Roland; a sister Lavonne Rupert of Salina, KS; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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