Robert "Bob" Seibel (1915 - 2011)

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Robert "Bob" Seibel died Oct. 4, 2011, in Austin, Texas, where he has lived for the past 11 years. He was 95.

Robert Seibel was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Dec. 29, 1915. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Missouri School of Mines in Rolla, Mo., in 1938. During the next few years he worked as a design engineer for companies such as Caterpiller Tractor and Westinghouse Electric.

In 1946 he earned his master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and accepted a teaching position as professor of electrical engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman. He remained there until his retirement in 1978.

Bob took advantage of Montana's great outdoors by enjoying fly fishing and hiking. He was typically successful fishing the Gallatin and Madison rivers and, in the meantime, tying his own flies.

He married Ann Blackhall in 1959, and the couple resided in Bozeman until their retirements in 1978. They then moved to Sedona, Ariz., where they lived until moving to Austin, Texas, in 2000.

He is survived by his wife Ann of Austin, Texas; two sons, David of Sisters, Ore. (wife Berni), and Dennis of Cortez, Colo. (wife Carole); two stepsons, Bob Blackhall of Kennett Square, Penn. (wife Dorothy), and John Blackhall of Austin, Texas (wife Becky).

He was preceded in death by a third stepson, Bill Blackhall of Great Falls (wife Sharon).

Also surviving him are three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

No services are planned.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 13, 2011
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