Jack Dean Seibold
September 10, 1928 – May 8, 2018
Jack Dean Seibold joined his wife of 68 years on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the age of 89. A long-time resident of Okemos, Michigan, Jack died in his sleep at home.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Dianne Seibold, his parents August and Hazel Seibold (Bell) and his brother Paul Seibold. Jack is survived by his brother Dave Seibold, his children, Bill and Laura Caudill (Seibold) of Muncie, Indiana, Greg and Jill Forman (Seibold) of Allen, Texas, and Lee and Carol Lantz (Seibold) of Lansing, Michigan; his grandchildren, Jeremy and Caitlin Lantz, Justin and Sharee Forman, Joshua and Michelle Cools (Lantz), Tyler and Jill Forman, Jason and Amanda Lantz, Ritchie and Sarah Caudill, Micah and Courtney Hedges (Forman), Aaron and Heather Johnson (Lantz), Karin Caudill, Brent and Abigail Voorhees (Forman), Stephan and Jennifer Lantz, and Jonathan Lantz; step-grandchildren, Ryan Caudill and Aaron Caudill and 23 great-grandchildren.
Jack was born at home on September 10, 1928, in Jackson, Michigan. Growing up, summers included reveling in boyhood adventures with his brothers at the cottage on Clark Lake. Jack graduated from Jackson High School in 1946 as student body president and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Michigan State College.
Jack met his soul mate, Dianne Helgeson Seibold, while lifeguarding at Oakland Hills Country Club. They were married on July 28, 1950, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Detroit. Together they created a loving home full of treasured memories. During their years together, they enjoyed traveling, cheering for the Spartans, and most importantly, spending time with family. Cherished family trips were taken to their Ocean Village condo in Florida and the fishing cabin in Canada. Jack was an incredible grandpa who loved creating special moments. His grandchildren will always treasure memories of his magic tricks, trivia games, “the doors”, stashes of goodies, and his generous heart. Known as Majack, he created traditions that will endure.
Though he worked at Ferris State University during his early years, the focus of his career was at his alma mater as Associate Director of Admissions and Scholarships. For over 30 years, Jack helped a myriad of students, shared his passion for MSU, gained a reputation as an engaging speaker, and developed a circle of friends that continued until his passing. As a 4-year letter winner and avid supporter of Spartan athletics, Jack served the MSU Varsity Alumni Club for 22 years, helped coordinate the Save Our Sparty project, attended Spartan football games since 1950 and wrote the book Spartan Sports Encyclopedia.
Swimming was a family affair for Jack. He swam competitively with his two brothers at Jackson High School and Michigan State College. His devotion to MSU swimming remained until his death as he spent countless years officiating meets and presenting the Golden Spike Award at the annual swimming banquets. In addition, he founded and coached the Okemos Aquatic Club, an age-group swimming team which not only provided opportunity for youth to hone their skills but also forged a community of life-long friendships.
Jack also cultivated an extensive group of loyal friends through the Turkey softball team and fishing trips. Since 1970 Jack eagerly looked forward to the annual fishing expedition to Ile Paradis in Ontario, where he served as camp cook and entertainer. In the Canadian wilderness, fishing stories were exchanged, friendships were deepened, and memories were forever imprinted. Though Jack will be greatly missed, his indelible mark will remain on the lives of his daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends. We will always remember his laugh, wit, fun-loving spirit, and abundant generosity.
The funeral will take place Friday, May 11, 2018 at Williamston Free Methodist Church, 4400 N. Williamston Road, at 10:00 am. The family will accept friends Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes East Lansing Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, and again one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorial donations may be given to the Jack Seibold Golden Spike Scholarship for MSU swimmers by visiting https://michiganstate.donornetpac.com/MSU/GiveNow/ and entering “In Memory of Jack Seibold” in the comments, or contact MSU swimming coach Matt Gianiodis at email@example.com. Donations may also be made to Back2Back Ministries, P.O. Box 70 Mason, Ohio 45040 with a designation for Lantz Missionaries (www.LantzFamily.org).
- Jeremy Lantz, Casket Bearer
- Justin Forman, Casket Bearer
- Tyler Forman, Casket Bearer
- Jason Lantz, Casket Bearer
- Ritchie Caudill, Casket Bearer
- Stephan Lantz, Casket Bearer
- Jonathan Lantz, Casket Bearer
- Michelle Cools, Honorary Bearer
- Courtney Hedges, Honorary Bearer
- Heather Johnson, Honorary Bearer
- Karin Caudill, Honorary Bearer
- Abigail Voorhees, Honorary Bearer
- Visitation Thursday, May 10, 2018
- Visitation Friday, May 11, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, May 11, 2018
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May 31, 2018
Thank you Grandpa for the happiness and smiles you always shared. No matter the situation you always managed to find something to laugh about and make people smile. I'll never forget the Christmas candy, cars full of presents, Ma Jack shows and surprise drawers full of ways you wanted to bless us. We truly love you and we're thankful to call you Grandpa.
May 24, 2018
Since graduating from Michigan State in 1950, Grandpa Jack attended all but 3 Michigan State home football games. Once to officiate a swim meet, which should indicate his commitment to the sport, and twice for medical reasons. That's 68 years of season tickets.
This is just one of the stories I tell people when I say green and white "runs in my blood."
This is a picture of my last game with him, the second last of his 68 year run. Our Spartans upset Penn State 27-24.
May 24, 2018
I spent a lot of time thinking about how to honor my Grandpa, what stories I might tell, but I settled on simply this: I'm grateful.
I'm grateful because my Grandpa had a big impact on my life. Not just in the experiences and support he gave but in shaping who I became through his example.
I'm grateful because my Grandpa loved to laugh, and he taught me to love it too. Laughter and wit were a big part of who he was. As a grandson this was infectious, and I always wanted to make him smile. I’m a little jealous of my cousin Ritchie who made him laugh with ease, but the two of them taught me how to join the fun.
I'm grateful because my Grandpa taught me to be generous and make friends wherever I go. One year as we were leaving the fishing cabin, Grandpa was packing up filets to give the train conductor. I asked why, and he said, “Always be generous to someone picking you up in the wilderness.” That wasn't the first time he made friends with the conductor. He always did that. What I hadn't realized is that he wasn't giving filets to an old buddy, he was making a purposeful choice to be generous.
I'm also grateful to be a Spartan. Not because I'm an alumnus. I'm not. Not because I grew up here. Not because of our sports program. I'm a Spartan because of my Grandpa. As a kid my cousins and I wandered Spartan Stadium, found shelter in the varsity club, and even played football on the field. To me being a Spartan isn’t about being a fan. It's about family. I will never hear the MSU shadows without thinking of Grandpa.
Last of all, I'm grateful Grandpa knew my kids. The last two years they spent a lot of time with him, and once while feeling discouraged about his health he said, "There's something about the next generation that makes it all worth it." Later it became his tradition to buzz my daughter around on an electric cart at Meijer and buy her doughnuts. Just as he treated me when I was a child. He had started the cycle all over again.
For all that I am grateful.
May 22, 2018
Some people know others everywhere they go. Gramps would often be interrupted by someone calling out “hey Jack!” Eventually we’d be on our way and he would confess, “I have no idea who that was.”
Grandpa may not have known everyone, but he did make everyone feel known. He took time to get to know their names, find out something about them, and make a mark on their lives that would not soon be forgotten. This happened thousands, if not tens of thousands of times in his lifetime.
Grandpa was also very stubborn. That stubbornness was demonstrated most notably in his tenacious generosity. No matter what we said, there was always too much food at dinner, more than enough Christmas gifts, and some kind of trip in mind for the grandkids.
This same stubbornness kept grandpa going for years after his body was already failing. He was not about to leave his bride while she needed him, and he wanted to give us as much as he could one this earth, demonstrating Philippians 1:21-25.
Grandpa also put together a 1072 page book. I watched him spend countless hours gathering stories and pouring over microfilm. In the end he argued his byline didn’t need to be on it. It was never about him. It was about the people he loved. The story of his heart and his life is you. He lived his life for you, for your progress and joy in the faith.
We can honor Gramps today by continuing that story. Follow in his footsteps. Discover the unconditional love of Jesus Christ that he did, then learn to love each person you meet--in the stadium, in the grocery store, and on the way somewhere--as if he or she is the most important thing of that moment.
In the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4, Grandpa has fought the good fight, he has finished his race, and he is now receiving a crown of righteousness in heaven where he can be beside his bride once more.
Thank you Gramps for everything. You will be missed, and we will always love you.
May 20, 2018
May 20, 2018
Grandpa was a master at creating memories. He had a way of making even the simplest things in life special. He made ordinary things extraordinary. Some of the things I will miss the most are the comfort and warmth I experienced just by walking through the doors of their home, the tenderness and faithfulness of his care for Grandma, the attention he took to really, truly listen to me, the way he laughed, and laughed easily, the humility and desire he had to learn and grow and change until the very end, the way he collected friends everywhere he went because of his genuine love for and interest in people, the amazing Majack shows, trivia and name the face games, the special treats tailored to whoever was in town, “the doors” and grab bags that convinced me that our family Christmas was the best in the world. My life is different because of Grandpa in so many ways. I will find ways to make simple things abound with significance and tradition. I will seek to model his humility and love for learning, I will try to make people feel loved and important wherever I go, and truly hear their stories. I will seek to put first things first, to cherish my faith and my family as he did.
Gramps, I couldn’t be prouder to be your granddaughter. Thank you for being such a giant presence in my life. I will miss you every single day, and long for heaven all the more. I love you!
May 19, 2018
A Spartan lives a life of discipline and self denial. You are our Spartan, my Spartan!! I’m proud that a fraction of that runs through my veins. On this earth you played your hand the best. Serving everyone around you to the very end. I love you grandpa, you have no idea how much your influence has shaped my life. I see you in myself more and more each day, and thanks for the thick head of hair! I’ll be with you again one day and we will take that Ocean Village Mulligan, Love you dearly!
Jill Forman #2
May 19, 2018
I am so glad I got to spend some time, here on earth, with you! You impressed on me gentleness, kindness, loyalty and love. It’s easy to see how so many were drawn to you. Though I didn’t go to MSU it seems almost everyone else in my family did and therefore I have a hint of that spartan pride engrained in me from childhood. Ever since Ty and I have been together a state flag has been hanging. When I see it now I’m reminded of you and therefore reminded to portray gentleness, kindness, loyalty and love. Thanks for that, it makes me a better person. Looking forward to more conversations in heaven; until then, keep an eye on us, we’ll make ya proud!
Jill #2 ( Tyler's Jill)
May 18, 2018
Grandpa Jack was a man that no one forgot. He had a way of leaving an impression on people, even those he had just met. His way with words, his jokes, and his consistent kindness and generosity made you feel like the most important person in the world. Grandpa made it his personal goal to make sure no one was left out and everyone was always having fun.
Grandpa even made an impression with his collections. He collected baseball memorabilia that I'll always remember hanging in his home. He collected front row seats to MSU football games. But most importantly, he was a collector of memories. He was always up for another adventure. He not only collected memories for himself, but he made sure every one one of his grandkids had their own collection of memories, too. From extravagant Thanksmas, up to Canada, down to Florida, from one grandkid's sporting event to another's recital, Grandpa was always there to make it memorable for us. He was always there to leave an impression.
But the greatest impression Grandpa left was the one he made on our family. In everything Grandpa orchestrated - jokes, toasts, magic shows, Jeopardy games - his goal was to create a family that loved one another and knew the value of being together. I can picture all of us sitting around his living room, laughing and yelling as we try to "place the face," truly enjoying one another's company. Grandpa was always there to support us in our personal endeavors, even if they were of no interest to him. I think he knew that in showing up for each of us, we would learn to show up for each other. Grandpa demonstrated to each of us what family is. I see that impression live on in his daughter's families, and the families of all his grandchildren.
Thanks Gramps, for all the memories you collected for us, for teaching us even when we didn't realize it, and for always leaving an impression. We love you and miss you dearly.
May 17, 2018
Grandpa Jack was the type of guy that you wanted to be around--you wanted to be in Jack's club. And he always made you feel like you were. I don't have one particular memory of Grandpa that rises above the rest, but have many that will endure. He welcomed me into the family with the gusto that he gave all of life--always witty, inquisitive, and kind. Whether it was fish camp with the family in Canada or the holiday festivities, his generous and humble spirit was infectious. I am grateful for having been a part of his family the last 15 years and am grateful that my children (including our own Jack) are part of his legacy.
May 17, 2018
I could go on for a few pages, list the whole speech from the wedding. But if I had to boil it down, I would say Gramps was always learning. Whether it was a random book on US History or changing the way he listened to us, he was a lifelong learner and teacher. I believe his finest work was in the way he continued to learn and love his bride. He taught us that while our expression of affection changes, our commitment is unwavering. Throughout all his health struggles, were convinced he fought to be there so he could fulfill his higher calling. Only after 68 years by her side, guiding her to heaven did he realize it was time to go home.
We will miss our grandfather, our dad and our friend. But we will remember him as we carry on our tradition every time we put that effort in to make the ordinary moments meaningful.
It’s only fitting to finish by describing one way he could take the simplest goodbye and make it a moment. One was a simple game of tag. But it couldn’t simply be called that. Whether it was going home from family vacations in Florida, an hour ride home in Michigan or heading back to Texas. It probably drove mom and dad nuts sometimes as goodbyes would take 10 minutes or more. Near painful moments of hands being caught in shutting car doors, squealing kids and feverishly driving after their car in our bicycles. It was always a game to see who could “touch ya last”.
Gramps never won. He always made sure us kids had the last laugh so we could take bragging rights on the car ride home with siblings.
But today it couldn’t be more clear. We were looking a different scoreboard. Every time he was winning … He was creating moments … And today, that scoreboard is clearer than ever.
Gramps, you won. You touched all of us last last.
May 16, 2018
My swim coach, my fishing bud, my Spartan hero, my friend, my brother in Christ, my sand castle building partner, the father of my bride, the giant to my kids, the legend to my grandkids, all that and much, much, more was Jack Dean Seibold. One of a kind, we will all truly miss him. Till we meet again.
May 16, 2018
I have countless stories I could share about grandpa. Some would be from the condo in Florida, the long Christmas holiday, or all the times he supported me in my athletic endeavors. But of all those sweet times the one that comes to mind first is one of my last memories with him. His grandson, Braxton had a stroke and suffers from epilepsy. After one episode he called concerned and asked how he was doing. Grandpa at the time was taking care of Grandma in her poor health, as well as his own, and not to mention he has a lot of great grandchildren, but even with all those reasons he may have overlooked my son's seizure, he still wanted to hear how he was. He was diligent at making all of us grandkids and great-grandchildren feel uniquely loved.
Abbie (Forman) Voorhees
May 16, 2018
Grandpa Seibold was first my husband's (Jeremy) beloved grandpa but, over the years, he became more of a grandpa to me than anyone. With his consistent kindness, generosity, and active participation in our lives, I couldn't help but love and admire him. I grew so proud to be a part of his legacy as his grand-daughter (in-law). During college I used to wear an old, very comfortable U of M sweatshirt that I had found at Goodwill. At the time, I knew nothing of either Michigan State or U of M; I very naively thought the "M" just stood for Michigan in general as a state. My first gift from Jeremy was, of course, a green Spartans hoodie, and since then I have adopted a love for MSU, which is just one tribute to Jack's life. Disney World was another of Jack's priorities, and he made sure that our kids got to experience that wonderful slice of an American childhood dream before we moved overseas to Africa. He created many lasting memories in our lives. My son, Caleb, who shares Jack's love of sweets, remarked that going to Jackson Dairy just wouldn't be the same without Grandpa. Both Caleb (age 10) and Joshua (age 12) will always remember how Grandpa always did something to "make sure they were happy." They will never forget the time when he didn't have a cookie to give, so he slipped them a dollar instead. We felt so welcome in his home on any occasion, at any time. He would even tell the kids to "leave their shoes on" in order to make them feel comfortable. Grandpa also inspired them to learn their own magic tricks. They are currently studying Grandpa's old magician's handbook as they aspire to carry on the MaJack tradition. Eliza (age 6) will never forget her trip with Grandpa to Ile Paradis in Canada, and the excitement of catching a fish. She was so ecstatic that she "happy cried" for the first time. Grandpa Seibold will remain in our lives through the memories he created, the stories we tell, the loyalties we keep, and the traditions we maintain.
May 16, 2018
This man was a great Spartan.
Jack Seibold came to my high school in Bloomfield Hills (Lahser) in 1979 to recruit students to the world's greatest educational institution. The auditorium was full of students since both the U of M and Michigan State admissions officers were set to speak. The U of M representative went first and gave a fairly boring speech (blah, blah, blah) . Then Jack took the podium with a green sport jacket and tie and a big binder that said "Fiction and Fact from an Admissions Man's Almanac". What followed was an overpowering demonstration or oratory skill and fact presentation that blew us all away. Knowing full well that many in the audience were interested in U of M, Jack went on to discuss the academic achievements of this University: Rhodes scholars (That year 3-more than any other University in the world), number of medical school graduates at three schools of medicine, Atomic/Nuclear Studies, Education, Psychology. After citing all these academic accomplishments, Jack noted the difficulty of these fields and yet provided the many ways that Michigan State supported it's students. He talked about the number of student organizations, financial support and academic assistance.
I had little knowledge of Michigan State prior to his presentation. I was skeptical. It sounded too good to be true. I asked several students who were sitting close to me in the auditorium: Paul Owens, Neil McGilvery and others. They were 4.0 students and all of them said "It's a good school". Many there who had interests in U of M or Ivy league schools started to rethink their educational futures and were now seriously considering attending Michigan State University.
I was sold and I was in love now with Michigan State University. I went to the campus in East Lansing and took a tour. It confirmed all the things that Jack said in the auditorium that day.
Jack introduced me to the love that is Michigan State University.
May 16, 2018
Last Fall I watched Beckett determined to bring Grandpa Jack all the leaves from his front yard...one at a time. When we talk about grandpa Jack he says he lives in Michigan and says "bring grandpa jack a leaf"...
Our family has been so incredibly blessed to have so many years and memories with this great Spartan, father, grandfather and Christian man. We celebrate his life and that he is in no pain, dancing in heaven with the love of his life. Love you gramps.
May 13, 2018
Dear Family of Jack,
I know the time I had to spend with your father was short, but I enjoyed the stories you all shared of him. Thank you for the opportunity to part of his journey.
Darla Weismiller, RN, Grace Hospice Case Manager
Karin Ballard (Sawdey)
May 12, 2018
Uncle Jack was always full of life and surprises. He always dared you to do more = be great, aka “go to the deep “ in the pool and in life. Here is just one of the many memories (FL- 1979.)
May 11, 2018
When I was a little girl, I swam at Oakland Hills, with a special lifeguard, Jack Seibold, watching over me. We used to share old memories of those days in the non-heated pool, next to the 18th hole, where at least once a day, a chip to the green would bounce on the red pool deck, sometimes into the pool.
Then I came to MSU in 1973, but spent some time there earlier, with my coach, John Hussey, a friend of Coach Charles MacCaffree. And there was Jack, helping swimmers and divers, get into school...and his daughter, Laura, diver and sometime swimmer, on the team. Wished we had shared the Golden Spike when I was there, but loved commiserating with Jack!
He was a special man. Condolences to all; love you, Laura! jp
Susan & Donna Helgeson
May 10, 2018
You're in our thoughts & prayers.
May the Lord be with you.
Uncle Jack was a one-of-a-kind. He had a deep dedication to all he held dear, especially his beloved family and Spartans.
Together, he & Aunt Dianne exemplified a life well lived. You are their Legacy.
Much love & sympathy,
Susie & Donna
May 10, 2018
Dear Family and Friends of Jack D. Seibold:
Thank you for the privilege and honor of being part of his life and care. Jack was not with us long, but the impact he made on our team was priceless.
Blessings to you,
Vanessa Morrison- Grace Hospice Branch Director
May 9, 2018
Thanks for being my second Dad. For over forty years you have demonstrated how to love your wife and family, and how to cultivate and enjoy lifelong friendships.
I will always remember how you accepted me, and then my children, into your loving care, providing memorable holidays and vacation memories that turned in to lasting traditions. Thank you for showing me that the value of 'Fishing Buddies' goes way beyond stories.
I loved watching you care for Dianne and how tender you were to her and to your marriage even when she could barely respond. Especially, thank you again for the gift of Carol, a gift I can never repay.
Finally, you did what you said you would do by never giving up till the very end. With God's help, I will do the same for my wife and family just as my Father, and my Second Dad have shown me. Love and Respect Forever, Lee Lantz 05-09-18
May 9, 2018
Please accept my deepest sympathy with the passing of Jack. I will always remember his sense of humor, compassion and a deep love for MSU swimming and diving. May the peace of Christ be with you!