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Wayne G. Seuntjens, 96, of Mapleton, Iowa passed away Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton. The funeral Mass will be Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton with Rev. Dan Greving officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at Mapleton with military graveside honors provided by the American Legion Loren Hollister Post #496 of Mapleton. Visitation will be Monday, November 9 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton after 5:00 p.m. with a Vigil Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Rosary and chalice presentation by the Knights of Columbus. The family is receiving condolences on line at www.armstrongfuneral.com.
Wayne Godfrey Seuntjens was born January 14, 1919, in the house at the family farm north of Danbury, Iowa. He was the eleventh of twelve children born to Fred and Ida (Venner) Seuntjens and the last of all of the family to leave this earth. Wayne grew up on the farm and attended St. Pat's Academy in Danbury.
In 1941, Wayne enlisted into the Army Air Corp and served his country in Italy during World War II, earning the rank of Master Sergeant. While stationed in Italy, Wayne was blessed to be a mass server for the Pope at the Christmas Eve midnight Mass in a bombed out Abbey. Upon his honorable discharge, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and sold for Gold Real Estate. Prior to this time, Wayne and his brother, Andy attended Reppert School of Auctioneering in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a renowned school of auctioneering. Thus Seuntjens Brothers Auctioning was born. Wayne worked at the New Mexico Livestock Exchange while living there.
On April 10, 1944, Wayne was united in marriage toξ Mary Elizabeth Oberman at the Church of Nativity in Dubuque, Iowa. After 66 years of marriage, Mary passed away January 29, 2011.
In 1951, Wayne and Mary bought their family farm south of Mapleton where they raised their boys and worked to run a full farming operation for 50 years. Wayne raised cattle, often shipping to the Sioux City Stock Yards. Once he shipped cattle to Chicago by railroad and road the passenger car of the same train to see them sell. Wayne and Mary and Ronnie and Lois Seuntjens enjoyed attending the National Cattleman's Convention every year they could. Over the years, Wayne successfully raised over 200,000 head of cattle. He was a member of the Cattleman's Association for over 60 years.
As a caring father,ξWayne was a supporter of the 4-H program with his sons. Even though there was plenty of work to do on the farm, he saw that they attended their meetings and showed their cattle and hogs at the Monona County Fair each year. Somehow he also found the time to take his boys fishing even when "there was hay down".
Wayne's career as an auctioneer, crying thousands of sales over 50 years, was how he was recognized. His passion as an auctioneer was obvious and his iconic voice resounds in the ears of this community and those far and wide, a career he passed onto his son, Jack.
Wayne was undefeated in the corn picking contest, senior division, at the Danbury Corn Days, an accomplishment that gave him pride. He was always supportive of projects in the community, often giving that first donation to spear head activity, two of which were the Willow Vale Golf Course and the American Legion Hall buildings in Mapleton.
Gardening was also a very important hobby to Wayne. On the farm, he was one who prepared, planted, and cared for a huge garden. After moving to town, he still had a garden and was proud of the flowers he maintained in the yard when he was well into his 90's.
Wayne was as active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton where he supported and served on dozens of church committees and offices. He was a dedicated 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus serving as a Grand Knight. He was a proud veteran and thus a member of the American Legion Loren Hollister Post #496 of Mapleton. Wayne volunteered for any and all community organizations and was there to support any good cause or community need.
Survivors include Wayne's sons, Doug and Debbie Seuntjens and Jack and Marla Seuntjens, all of Mapleton, Iowa and Chris and Irene Seuntjens of Ankeny, Iowa; eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and extended family members.
Along with his wife, Mary, Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Mark.ξ
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 10:30 a.m.ξ
St. Mary's Catholic Church Mapleton, Iowaξ
Monday, November 9, 2015 After 5:00 p.m.ξ
St. Mary's Catholic Church Mapleton, Iowaξ