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Conrad "Connie" Seidler

Conrad "Connie" Seidler, age 86, Kadoka, SD, died Monday, March 1, 2010, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 4, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Rev. Gus Craven officiating.

Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Conrad Seidler, better known to his family and friends as "Connie," was born on his granddad's ranch at Nowlin, SD, on October 30, 1923, the son of Edward and Ella (Koehler) Seidler. He moved with his parents to a ranch southeast of Kadoka where he grew up, and received his education in Washabaugh County.

Connie worked on a ranch in Nebraska before he was called into the service. He served in World War II in the European Theater of Operations and was in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star before being honorably discharged in 1946.

Connie was united in marriage to Geraldine Johnston on October 15, 1949. They lived all their married life on their ranch 10 miles southwest of Kadoka. In addition to ranching and farming, Connie owned and operated a trucking business for 32 years.

Connie and Geraldine spent their winters in El Centro, CA, to be near their children. Geraldine preceded him in death on May 17, 2002. He continued to make his home in Kadoka, where he has since resided.

Connie was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #27 of Kadoka, and a lifetime member of the VFW Post in Philip. He served as director on the Soil Conservation Board in Kadoka for 14 years and served on the Washabaugh County Road Board for 18 years.

Grateful for having shared his life are his two daughters, Joyce Thompson and her husband, Ron, Chula Vista, CA, and Patty Morris and her husband, Chuck, of Romoland, CA; one granddaughter, Stacey Dahlmer and her husband, Jon, Langley AFB, VA; two great-grandchildren, Cameron and Ashlee Dahlmer; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Geraldine, Connie was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Russell.

A memorial is established to the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.

Online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com