Fred A. Seda was born on November 29, 1919 in Necedah, Wisconsin: the son of Joseph and Rose (Bouska) Seda. He served with the United States Army during WWII. During the war he was stationed in Sicily, Italy, North Africa and Corsica. Fred was united in marriage to Leila Schlicht in Waterloo on June 26, 1946; she preceded him in death on March 15, 2001. He worked at Schukei Chevrolet in the garage for four years, then he farmed in Gladbrook. Fred and his family lived on the farm where he retired in 1996. He still helped his son on the farm until health problems in 2011. Fred had a very special friend, Arlene Schmidt, who he enjoyed spending time with. He also liked to polka dance and weld, Fred could make anything out of nothing.
Fred passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from natural causes at the age of 93. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Leila; a great-granddaughter Erin Pettengill; 3 brothers: Frank, Edward and Joe Seda and 2 sisters: Rose Seda and Bessie Husak. Fred is survived by 2 sons: Gene (Barbara) Seda of Gladbrook and Kevin (Mary) Seda of Eagle Center; a daughter Joyce Pettengill of Spring Lake, North Carolina; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; a brother Jim (Mary) Seda of Illinois; 3 sisters: Emma Kubik of Traer, Helen Finn of Waterloo and Dorothy Marxen of Davenport; many nieces and nephews and his special friend Arlene Schmidt of Traer. Fred will be greatly missed by all who knew him.