Walter E. Seideman

Walter E. Seideman, 75, of Oklahoma City, Okla., died unexpectedly on July 23, 2008.

He was born on Jan. 21, 1933 to Raymond and Clara Seideman in Newburg.

Walter grew up on the family dairy farm with nine siblings where he helped with farming and developed his strong work ethic. He later served his country as a sergeant in Korea with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Walter attended the University of Wisconsin majoring in food science. He later earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri with a degree in poultry science.

He married Cathy Carnito in 1958 and they had three children, Russell Seideman, Keith Seide-mann and Bonnie Seideman.

Walter enjoyed a career with Wilson Foods as director of research and development. Wal-ter and his family moved to Okla-homa City in 1973 when the company transferred their corporate headquarters.

Later he founded Oklahoma Food Labs and Food Concentrate Corp. Walter enjoyed developing new products and techniques for cooking and was highly regarded for many products including his smoked sausages and Uncle Walterís Secret Wild Game Seasoning Mix.

In 1988, he married Ruth Kramer Young and became stepdad to Stan, Steve and Roger Young.

In addition to being a fun grandpa, Walter enjoyed hunting and fishing at Diamond H Ranch in Eastern Oklahoma, where he was also the No. 1 chef for the annual deer hunt.

Ballroom dancing was an activity that Walter and Ruth greatly enjoyed and they never sat out a dance when the band was playing.

A consummate do-it-yourselfer, Walter never met a tool he didnít like and could usually be found fixing whatever was broken.

An important part of Walterís life was participating in the annual Seidemann family reunion at the homestead in Newburg. This year marked the 75th anniversary of the reunion for the family which typically has drawn 300 to 600 family members from across the U.S. and Germany.

In addition to his wife Ruth, Walter is survived by three children, Russ Seideman and wife Miffie of Phoenix, Keith Seide-man of Oklahoma City, and Bon-nie Seideman of Dallas; two grandchildren, Christina and Travis; two sisters, Marion (Ken-neth) Race of Woodruff, and Phyllis (Bruce) Naumann of West Bend; four brothers, Charles (Virginia) Seideman of Austin, TX, Roger Seideman of West Bend, Gerald (Joyce) Seideman of St. Germain, and Wayne (Rose-mary) Seideman of West Bend, a sister-in-law, Margaret "Maggie" Seideman of West Bend; many other relatives and friends with whom he enjoyed exceedingly close relationships.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Seideman; two brothers, Dennis Seideman, and Frede-rick Seideman; and two sisters-in-law, Hertha Seideman and Susan Seideman.

Funeral services in remembrance of Walter will be held on Wednesday, July 30 at 5 p.m. at the Seideman Family Farm, 252 Newark Drive East. Rev. Rich Vincent of Immanuel United Church of Christ will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday at the farm only from 3 p.m. until the time of services. Cremation will follow, and burial of Walterís cremated remains will be in Union Cemetery, Newburg.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online guest book and condolences may be found at patwww.myrhum-patten.com.