|Birth: ||Jan. 24, 1916|
|Death: ||Aug. 14, 2013|
Cecil Harrison Sealock, 97, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at Deseret Health & Rehab Center, Smith Center, Kansas. He was born the son of Arthur Otto (Bog) Sealock and Mona Martha (Cornwell) Sealock on January 24, 1916, at the home of his grandparents, James Thomas & Ellen (McConnell) Sealock in Stuart & Oak Creek area South of Lebanon, Kansas.
Cecil and sister, Wilma, grew up on their parents' farm southwest of Lebanon, helping their father produce meat, dairy, wheat, milo, corn, & oats. Cecil loved animals and raised horses, cattle, pigs, chickens, cats, dogs, and even a pet coyote. As a youth he rode a horse and carried a pistol while checking traps for fur. He graduated Buck Creek 102 Grade School & attended Lebanon High School, Class of 1934, until he went to Wyoming to work on a sheep ranch. When Cecil returned to the family farm, he worked at a gas station in Lebanon and met future wife, Beth, who worked in her parent's café. He made a still in his mother's dugout fruit/storm cellar and brewed some rather non-tasty moonshine for their dances.
On January 18, 1941, Cecil married Elizabeth (Beth) Melvina Staley at Rev. Tremain's home in Lebanon, Kansas, and they moved to Smith Center, Kansas, where he worked in Cole's Machine Shop. In 1942, they moved to Garden City, KS., for 10 years. Cecil (an outstanding auto mechanic) worked in a machine shop, in Hoyt DeLoach's Packard Garage, and later went into the frame and axle business. Amongst Cecil's famous Packard clients was the Herbert Clutter family (murdered in rural Holcomb, KS, by Hickock & Smith and depicted in Truman Capote's book & movie "In Cold Blood). Beth, a homemaker, also worked for her parents (Ruby May & Reuben Milo Staley) doing sewing and dry cleaning. While in Garden City, a son Terry and daughter Marsha were born, and a favorite pet dog, Ticker/Trixie, was acquired and lived with the family 21 years.
In 1952, Cecil and Beth moved to Cecil's parent's farm to help his father. In 1955, they moved to the former William Alexander "Alec" Sealock farm (a former Thaete farm), then in 1956 moved to the Wilson farm east of Cecil's parent's farm. In 1957, they moved to a farm north of Smith Center, known as the Valentine farm, and Cecil resumed working for Cole's Machine Shop. They moved to their last home on East Court Street in Smith Center in 1958. In 1964, Cecil bought an old tank wagon building, which became his own tune-up shop, Central Motor Tuning. People traveled some distance to get a tune-up in Cecil's very clean and friendly shop.
Cecil learned to fly and became a pilot. He and his brother-in-law, Harold J. (Woody) Wilson loved flying and had many adventures together, including aerial coyote hunting. Cecil owned a Luscombe airplane, and often used his father's pasture as an airfield, occasionally taking out the fence on landings/take-offs. During WWII, Cecil was exempted due to being a machinist. He joined the Civil Air Patrol, and performed domestic aircraft crash searches and recoveries. He rose to the ranks of Lieutenant.
Cecil was active in the Masonic Lodge and with his wife in the Eastern Star Lodge, where they served a term as Worthy Patron & Matron. They also raised a large garden and Beth enjoyed preserving garden produce. His favorite TV programs were the old westerns (Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Bonanza, The Rifleman, Wanted Dead or Alive). He also enjoyed the Andy Griffith & Carol Burnett shows and The Beverly Hillbillies. Cecil had 2 favorite cats (Tinkie & Tykie), still living and cared for at his home.
In 1995, Beth developed serious heart problems, which plagued her until her passing in 1999. During that time, Cecil became Beth's caretaker, seeing her through intensive heart, hip & eye surgeries, including blindness in one eye. Cecil accepted his Christian faith when, on March 29, 1959, he and his family were baptized. Cecil was a faithful member of the First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ fellowship, where he served as Deacon, Elder, church bus driver and mechanic. He was faithful in Sunday School, and joined a home Bible study after Beth's passing.
Cecil was preceded in death by his wife (Beth), parents (Arthur & Mona), and his sister & brother-in-law (Wilma & Harold J. "Woody" Wilson), and several other Staley, Ford, Yenne, DeBoer & Carpenter sisters/brothers-in-law.
Survivors are two children, Terry (Debra) Sealock of Lucas (Allen), Texas; and Marsha (Paul) Sealock Weber of Mt. Prospect, Illinois; grandson, Dr. Robert Jay (R.J.) (Dr. Tiffani) Sealock of Houston, TX; granddaughter, Tera (Evan) Chavez of Carrollton, TX; one great grandson, Harrison Jay Sealock; two great granddaughters, Taryn Faye & Reese Raye Chavez; and several nieces, nephews, & cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2013 at First Christian Church, Smith Center, KS, with Pastor Randy Hill officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the Crystal Plains Cemetery located south of Bellaire in Smith County, Kansas. Memorials may be given to the First Christian Church, Smith Center in care of the funeral chapel
Cecil H. Sealock was the son of Arthur Otto Sealock & Mona Martha (Cornwell) Sealock.
Cecil was born January 24, 1916 in Smith County, Kansas. (Cecil was # 1 of 2 children.) *Sister: Wilma Ilene (Sealock) Wilson - Born: October 26, 1918
On January 18, 1941 in Smith County, Kansas, Cecil married Elizabeth M. (Stanley) Sealock.
Cecil and Elizabeth had 2 children:
(1) Terry Sealock
(2) Marsha (Sealock) Weber
Arthur Otto Sealock (1890 - 1970)
Mona Martha Cornwell Sealock (1897 - 1983)
Elizabeth M Stanley Sealock (1917 - 1999)*
Cecil H Sealock (1916 - 2013)
Wilma Ilene Sealock Wilson (1918 - 2011)*
Crystal Plains Cemetery
Maintained by: Connie Kappelman McKean
Originally Created by: TLC
Record added: May 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69842136
Added: May. 15, 2011