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Garland Seibert

March 3, 1935 - January 15, 2023

Service Date: January 24, 2023

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

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Garland Winston Seibert, 87, passed away on January 15, 2023.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., prior to the service. Burial will take place at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. To view the livestream of Garland’s service please follow this link, https://vimeo.com/event/2814876

Garland was born March 3, 1935, to Hayden and Mamie (Steibel) Seibert in Des Moines, IA. He grew up on a farm on NW 86th Street in Johnston, IA. Garland was active in 4-H. He was selected to attend Boys State while in high school, where he participated in football, basketball, and track. In 1954, after graduating from Johnston High School, he enrolled at Drake University in Des Moines, attending on a football scholarship. He was honored by teammates as a Co-Captain his senior year. Garland received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Drake University in 1959 and 1962 respectively. He was Kappa Delta Pi (Honorary Education) and National Who’s Who in American Colleges and University while at Drake. He was honored to be named to the All-Decade team. Garland taught at the secondary level of education for 23 years, beginning at Mitchellville High School in 1959. He was athletic director, teacher, coach of football, track and field, and started the wrestling program at Johnston High School.  Garland also taught and coached at Bettendorf, Saydel, then at East and Roosevelt High Schools in Des Moines, completing his career at Harding Middle School, Des Moines.

Perhaps known for being a rather quiet individual, one didn’t want to assume he wasn’t paying attention to what was going on around him. He loved home and family, hiking, and the beauty and serenity of Rocky Mountain National Park. Strength and conditioning became an important part of Garland’s life, and he was a jogger until after his 82nd birthday. Following retirement, he actively took part in volunteering at the Johnston Historical Society, Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny, IPTV, Festival Of Trees, and was a member of DMARSPA. Setting an example was perhaps one of his stronger points. Integrity and honesty were important. He, and his quiet wit, will be missed.

Garland leaves his wife of 63 years, Marlys; one son, Brian of Cimarron, New Mexico; two grandchildren, Rachael Hannah Seibert and Russell Winston Seibert; and a sister, Gloria Gibbons. He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Capt. Leland E. Seibert.

The family requests no flowers, and memorials may be directed to Drake University School of Education, 2507 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50511.

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