William Wertz Seibert, DDS, 93, of Palmyra, Pennsylvania passed away with his loving family by his side on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. He was born Thursday, February 12, 1925 in Hanover, Pennsylvania to the late Merle E. and Miriam A.B. (Reck) Seibert. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Jeune Alice (Gobrecht) Seibert.
William graduated from Eichelberger High School in Hanover, Pennsylvania in 1943, served in the U.S. Navy as a hospital and dental corpsman until 1946, graduated from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, in 1949, and graduated from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1953. He practiced dentistry in Littlestown, Pennsylvania until 1961 when he became a staff dentist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He retired in May, 1986.
Periodically, William acted as Chief of Dental Services at the VA in Lebanon. He was a member of the American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentistry where he earned his Fellowship Degree in 1983. He was also awarded Emeritus Membership by the Academy of General Dentistry in 2007.
William was a member and past president of the Board of Directors of the Lebanon VA Hospital Federal Credit Union, a member of the Rotary Club of Palmyra, and a member of the Hanover and Hershey dental study clubs. He was a dedicated member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Palmyra, where he served on the consistory as a deacon, elder, and vice president. He taught the Senior High Sunday School Class for many years and later helped to teach an adult class. He was a member of the American Legion, Hanover Historical Society and Pennsylvania German Society. He was a charter member of the Friends of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Society. He also belonged to the Lebanon Country Club where he loved to play golf.
William was inducted into the South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on November 2, 1995. His season high punting average, while playing football at Western Maryland College in 1948, is the oldest individual football record at the college. His love of writing and family history led him to write and publish “Memories: A Pictorial History of the Seibert Family of Hanover, Pennsylvania” in 1996. He and wife Jeune also published “Bandmaster: A Pictorial History of the Music Man of Hanover, Pennsylvania” in 2001.
In addition to his wife, William is survived by four children, Susan S. Bentham and husband Jack of Granbury, TX, Dr. William D. Seibert and wife Vicki of Littlestown, David G. Seibert of Littlestown, and Melissa A. Seibert of Harrisburg; five grandchildren, John Bentham and wife Shannon, Philip Bentham and wife Connie, Danielle Armstrong and husband Jeffrey, Christopher Seibert and wife Nichole, and Lauren Wantz and husband Steven; ten great grandchildren; a brother, Robert Seibert. He was predeceased by two brothers, Richard Seibert and Donald Seibert and a sister, Doris Seibert Deardorff.
A funeral service and celebration of his life will be held Saturday, May 26th at 11 AM at First United Methodist Church of Palmyra, 520 East Birch Street, Palmyra, PA 17078 with Pastor Jason Arnold officiating. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 10 AM until time of the service. Burial with full military honors will follow at 4 PM at Christ Church Cemetery, 131 Christ Church Road, Littlestown, PA 17340.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to his church. Rothermel-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 25 West Pine Street, Palmyra, PA 17078 has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Palmyra First United Methodist Church
520 East Birch Street, Palmyra PA 17078
Christ Reformed Church
131 Christ Church Rd, Littlestown PA 17340