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Rev. Floyd La Vern Seth

November 13, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Rev. Floyd La Vern Seth, 100, of Toledo, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Unity Point Hospice-Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Toledo with Pastors Tom and Jean Bower officiating. Interment will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo. Visitation will be held Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.

La Vern was born on November 25, 1918 in Liberty Twp (Grove City, PA), the son of George Herbert and Nellie B. (Rumbaugh) Seth.

La Vern grew up on a dairy farm in western Pennsylvania and attended a one room school in the village of North Liberty grades 1 through 8, and then enrolled in Slippery Rock High School rather than Grove City High School because Slippery Rock offered Vo Ag courses and Grove City did not.

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Rev. Floyd La Vern Seth

After graduating in 1937, he managed the home farm for nine years. Feeling called into the ministry, La Vern enrolled as a pre-theological student in Grove City College, Grove City, PA, but transferred to Penn State University after two years as he was interested in becoming an Agricultural Missionary. He graduated in 1950 from Penn State with a B.S. degree in Ag Economics and Rural Sociology and enrolled that fall in the Theological Seminary of the University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA. He had intended to take one year at the seminary but, upon discovering that there were no openings in the near future for an Agricultural Missionary, he went to Warren Wilson High School and Junior College, Swannanoa, NC as Ag teacher for the High School and manager of the school's dairy from January 1951 to June 1952.

It was there that he met his future wife. On July 26, 1952, he married Lida May Peterson in Virginia, MN. They returned to Dubuque where he completed his theological education, graduating from the Seminary with a B.D. degree and was ordained into the Gospel Ministry by the Presbytery of North Central Iowa on February 25, 1955 in the Unity Presbyterian Church in Clarksville Iowa where La Vern had served as a student pastor for two years. It was shortly after that he received an invitation to go to Brazil as an Ag Missionary. La Vern and Lida went to Brazil with two children and returned home with five in 1960.

In September of that year, he became Pastor of the Mesquakie United Presbyterian Church (also known as the Tama Indian Mission) which he served until 1975. They stayed in the Tama-Toledo area but did not pastor a church until he was invited to serve as Pastor of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. He served as their pastor from August 1979 until June of 1983, but had also been serving the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Marshalltown since August 1981 and continued to serve them as a Pastor until June of 2002.

La Vern was very active in the community having served on the Board of Directors for Hawkeye Village AAA, Tama County Council on Aging, the Food Pantry and up until recently was treasurer for the South Tama County Ministerial Association. In the past, he was a member of the Kiwanis and "The Kitchen Band".

La Vern was a well respected man, Pastor and friend to all. He was loved and will be missed by his Christian community and many in the South Tama County communities. Even after retirement, he was still very active in the local ministries through officiating at funerals, weddings, and filling in as needed for churches.

Survivors include four sons, Daniel Seth of Canyon, TX, David Seth of Coffeen, IL, Tim Seth of Waterloo, and Paul (Theresa) Seth of Fairview, NC; his daughter-in-law, Shelly Seth of Chelsea; eight grandchildren, Eric (Honda) Seth, Rebecca Seth, Michael Seth, Nathaniel Seth, Jennifer Seth, Mike (Tracy) Sieck, Brad Sieck, and Kimberly (Brad) Andes; eight great-grandchildren, Korbin Seth, Isabel Seth, Nathan Clemann, Brayden Clemann, Abigail Sieck, Kyler Sieck, Zoe Andes, and Izabel Andes; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Lida May on November 13, 2006; his son, Floyd Seth on June 9, 2014; two brothers, Clair and Richard; and five sisters, Mildred, Mary, Ruth, Lois, and Evelyn; and two daughters-in-law, Jyotsna Seth and Susan Seth.

Memorials may be directed to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, 1605 Lafayette St., Waterloo, Iowa 50703.

 
 
 

 

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