Donald Lee and Arlene Ruth Seidenschmidt

Donald Lee Seidenschmidt, 85 and Arlene Ruth (Braner) Seidenschmidt, 82 passed from this life to the next on January 6, 2021 and January 1, 2021, respectively. Don and Arlene were born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. They met while working at NCR and shortly thereafter were engaged. The marriage that followed lasted 62 years. He affectionately called her “Lene” and she called him “King.” Don enjoyed a lifelong career as a Dayton Fire Department firefighter and retired in 1987 as a lieutenant. Arlene was a homemaker.

They are survived by their four children: Darlene Stockler, Barbara (Linus) Berger, Connie (Brian) Kiser, and Brian (Erin) Seidenschmidt. Seven grandchildren: Mikki Stockler, Holli (Danny) Burrall, Hugh (Molly) Stockler, Eric Berger, Kaitlin (Quentin) Greene, Emma Seidenschmidt, and AJ Seidenschmidt. One great-grandchild: Ezekiel Wessendarp. Don is also survived by his sister, Judy Boehmer. Arlene is survived by her brothers: Gary, James, David, Greg Braner and one sister, Pamela Nelson. All these along with a host of nieces and nephews. At Don and Arlene’s request, there will be no funeral services. Final resting place, Calvary Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.

The family requests that all gifts to honor the memory of Don and Arlene be donated to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.


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Donald Lee and Arlene Ruth Seidenschmidt

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Charlene Manley

January 16, 2021

Iam so sorry to hear of the losses of you both. Rest In Peace. Wonderful neighbors. Prayers for the family.God Bless. Charlene Manley

John Keferl

January 14, 2021

I had the honor and pleasure as a firefighter to work with Don down at Company 2. Don always had a a positive attitude which carried on to all those that worked with him. As everyone knows , you always knew when Don walked into the room. Sure did not need hearing aids
What a great laugh
I donot think there was a day that went by that he did not speak honorably about Arlene. I never met Arlene but I always felt I knew her. They had a great life together and Don , I will miss your laugh.

Dennis Dillhoff

January 12, 2021

I am privileged to say Don was my Lieutenant at Company 2 and 18 for most of my career at the Fire Dept. I speak very highly of him.
He will always be known for his sense of humor and his laugh.
Rest In Peace Don.

FF Dennis Dillhoff Co. 18 /Pt 3