Arthur David Seibel
Wilmington - Arthur David Seibel, age 92, passed away March 11, 2018 in Glen Mills, PA. Born August 29, 1925, in Orchard Park, NY, his family called him "Steve", his friends knew him as Art. At the age of 17, Art volunteered in the US Army and arrived in France during the last year of World War II. He was in the 488th Engineer LP Company, driving Bailey Bridge supplies to assemble bridges to cross rivers in Germany just ahead of the US tanks. Art used the GI Bill to attend Cornell University, graduating in Chemical Engineering in 1952. At Cornell, he met Phyllis Ganders, a senior in Architecture. They dated in their final year and married in 1953. The DuPont Company recruited Art and other engineering graduates straight out of Cornell, starting Art on a 34-year career at DuPont residing in Texas, West Virginia, and finally in Wilmington, Delaware, where he worked until retirement in 1986. He enjoyed his career at DuPont which enabled him to contribute to new product development while having time with his wife and children and other activities. Art's favorite sport was tennis, which he played weekly at the DuPont Country Club. He reached his goal to play tennis on his 90th birthday in 2015. Art was proud of his volunteer environmental activism with the Delaware Citizens for Clean Air, writing multiple letters to the Editor and Congress. He and Wilmington-based lawyer and friend, Jake Kreshtool, shared stories of their courtroom wins over companies in violation of the Clean Air Act. After 38 years of marriage and raising three adventurous children, he lost his first wife, Phyllis, suddenly to cancer in 1991. Romance came his way again when he dated Phyllis Lain, marrying in 1995. Art's second wife passed away in 2012, after 17 years of marriage filled with travel, UD Academy of Lifelong Learning classes, fine arts performances, fun, adventures, and sharing stories with 4 grandchildren and 5 step-grandchildren. Art retained his physical and mental alertness into his later years, avidly following politics and the stock market, building his own stock portfolio. Art is survived by all three of his children: Lorisa, Eric and Nicole and four of his grandchildren. Please bring your stories (no flowers) and join Art's three children and friends for a remembrance of this remarkably kind and considerate father, husband, veteran, engineer, and environmentalist on Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10am-noon, in the Chapel at Maris Grove Retirement Community, 100 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills, PA 19342.
Published in The News Journal on Mar. 17, 2018.