Frank Selzler burned tons of welding rods
Mass of Christian Burial for Frank Selzler, 85, of Mobridge, was held Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Frank passed away Monday, July 29, 2013, at Golden LivingCenter in Mobridge.
Frank was born Nov. 20, 1927, to Frank and Magdalena (Schmaltz) Selzler in Haynes, N.D. He was one of 10 children born to Frank and Magdalena. During his early childhood years the family lived in the Wakpala and Glencross areas.
Frank married Genevieve Goldade on Sept. 19, 1950, at Timber Lake. To his union two children were born, Philiphine and Leo. Frank and Genevieve lived on the farm for four years before moving into Timber Lake and operating his blacksmith shop. During his lifetime, Frank burned up many tons of welding rods. Frank made several homemade tractors and blades during his years of work.
In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s Frank worked at Timber Lake Motors. He worked for Moreau-Grand Electric and built and fabricated several sub-stations for the company. Frank worked for Moreau-Grand for a total of 20 years and retired in 1988. He then did blacksmithing for area people. On occasion he would take time to go fishing in his boat. Frank passed his love of speed on to many generations. Everything he did was in a hurry.
Frank is survived by his wife, Genevieve of Mobridge; daughter, Philiphine “Phil” Smolik of Mobridge, her sons Brian and Ted Smolik and Ted’s son Trace; son, Leo (Bev) Selzler of Mobridge and their sons Blake, and Garrett of Bismarck; sister, Mary Goldade of Rapid City; sisters-in-law, Marian Selzler, Jean Selzler and Esther Goldade; and many nieces and nephews.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, four sisters, and son-in-law Victor Smolik.