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Willard Merrill ("Bill") Siebelist of Port Orange, FL went to be with the Lord on April 30th at the age of 100. Bill was born on November 21, 1912 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in the United States Army during World War II, receiving 2 Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal while stationed in the Philippines. Bill was married to his wife, Evelyn (Forsman) for nearly 70 years before her passing in December of 2011. The couple lived in Caldwell, New Jersey for many years. Bill and Evelyn raised a family and were active members of the Bethel Baptist Church in Montclair, NJ which moved and became West Essex Baptist Church of Livingston, NJ. Bill worked as a Quality Control Specialist for Lehn and Fink and L'Oreal companies in northern New Jersey. In retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling and sightseeing across the United States and spending time with immediate and extended family. Bill liked to plant and tend a garden and do woodworking in his spare time. They moved from New Jersey to Nebraska in 1979 and over a 20 year span resided in Aurora, North Platte and Grand Island. In 1999 they moved to Sarasota, FL, a location they had enjoyed as "Snowbirds" prior to making it their home. Bill and Evelyn then moved to Port Orange, FL in 2006. Bill is predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Sarah Siebelist; two brothers, Arthur and Hilbert Siebelist. He is survived by his children and their spouses: Lois and Tom Nielsen of Grand Island, NE, Ken and Deborah Siebelist of Rumson, NJ, and Eunice and Bill O'Brien of Port Orange, FL; three nieces, JoAnn Siebelist, Sara Siebelist, and Marion Neff; and one nephew Richard Siebelist; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Bill's humor, patience, common sense, and quiet strength of character will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. A family gathering will be held in his memory. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dalewoodwardfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on May 4, 2013