Donald Seipt Obituary - Cowsmo

Donald Seipt Obituary

Everyone here at Cowsmo extends our deepest sympathy to the friends and family of Don.

Donald V. Seipt, 94, of Williams Township, Pennsylvania, died December 3, 2022.  He was the husband of the late Geraldine H. (Hindenach) Seipt, who died May 25, 2020. Seipt They were married nearly 70 years.  Donald was born in Norristown on September 22, 1928 to the late Wilbur and Mabel (Snyder) Seipt. He was a lifelong dairy farmer, Holstein breeder, and dairy industry leader. He grew up on the family dairy farm, Oakleaf Farm, in Lansdale. After graduating from Penn State in 1950, he married his college sweetheart Gerry, and went to work for his father-in-law B.L. Hindenach at Keystone Farm in Easton, PA. Don and Gerry took ownership of the farm in 1960, developing an outstanding herd of Holstein dairy cattle that became well-known across the country for high milk production and show type.  They made a great team, managing a busy dairy farm while raising 3 children. Don enjoyed showing his prize-winning Holsteins and judging many shows and fairs throughout the United States.

Don went on to lead many dairy organizations, with wisdom and fairness.  His greatest privilege was serving as president of Holstein Association USA.  He also served as President of National Dairy Shrine, Purebred Dairy Cattle Assn., PA Holstein Assoc., and Mid Atlantic Master Farmer Assoc. His many honors included World Dairy Expo “Dairyman of the Year,” National Dairy Shrine Pioneer Award, PA Holstein Assoc. Hall of Fame, PA Master Farmer, PA All-American Obie Snider Award, and Penn State Distinguished Alumni Award.

In his retirement, Don continued to deliver Meals on Wheels; and sending and creating photo greeting cards to family and friends, first started with his wife. Don conducted all aspects of his life with humility, humor and kindness.  He loved God, his family, the Nittany Lions, Alpha Zeta, his Schwenkfelder heritage, and the Holstein Cow.  He was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Durham where he served in many leadership roles in the church.

He is survived by his children: Kathryn (Joseph) Hlavaty, Donald A. Seipt of Williams Twp., W. Douglas (Bonnie) Seipt all of Williams Twp.; brother: Fred L. Seipt of Lansdale; grandchildren: Sara (Joseph) Aquino, Bryant (Holly) Hlavaty, Tim (Alexis) Seipt, Margaret (Ryan) Stocum, Courtney & Luke Seipt; great grandchildren: Katie, Conner, Hunter & Chase Aquino, Ella & Claire Hlavaty, Rylee Seipt.  Predeceased by sister: Elaine M. Bitto.

Services were held on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Durham. Memorials can be made to Evangelical Lutheran Church of Durham, PO Box 100, Durham, PA 18039 and/or the Holstein Foundation Inc., 1 Holstein Place, PO Box 816, Brattleboro, VT 05302-0816.

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