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Frank Seidensticker

September 3, 1951 ~ February 16, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Frank Seidensticker Obituary

Frank Roy Seidensticker went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 16, 2024, after a brief illness.

As you know, Frank loved a good story, so please share a favorite story about him during the celebration of his life from 1:30p.m.-3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2024, at Jenkins Funeral Home in Burnet. In accordance with Frank’s style, dress will be casual.

If you have a long-sleeved plaid shirt with double pockets to wear, all the better.

At 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2024, a requiem funeral service for Frank will be held at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Burnet.

Born on September 3, 1951, in Burnet, Texas, to the parents of Edgar Seidensticker and Elizabeth (Karger) Seidensticker, Frank was the third of their four children. Frank’s baptism was at the Allen hospital because shortly after his birth, Frank suffered a severe digestive disorder bringing him close to death several times. Staying at the hospital for 6-weeks, Mother fed him half a teaspoon of a special formula and then waited for it to stay down before attempting any more. Decades later Frank found and kept the notepad in which Mom meticulously kept daily notations on his ability to consume the formula. Frank loved growing up in the sparsely populated Texas Hill Country of the 1950’s-1970’s, and he loved Burnet enough to live his whole life there. Frank attended Burnet public schools from 1st grade through 12th and read every non-fiction book available. He excelled at basketball, playing with the same teammates from 7th – 12th grades. His class of 1970 is a close-knit group having been the last “small” class to graduate from the old Burnet High School which was destroyed by the 1973 March tornado. After graduation, Frank continued his education at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville where he graduated 1974 with a degree in Business Administration. Every weekend, Frank drove home to work at the family retail stores, specifically the flagship store “Seidensticker’s, The Men’s Store” on the square in Burnet. Frank started working there before he started 1st grade, learning to count coins to help check out at the end of the day. Back then, the Burnet square bustled with small businesses on every side and everyone knew everybody. From his parents , Frank learned the importance of building both business and customer relationships, and this was by sharing stories, exchanging jokes, working with the other businesses, and always having something good to say. So, even when the family stores were no more, Frank didn’t see any reason not to continue the relationships. Sometimes prompted by business & sometimes not, he would stop by many places and spend a little time visiting. We don’t know everywhere he went, but it seems that First State Bank of Burnet & Alvin Nored’s law office were favorites. After his mother died in 1991, Frank took care of his father, ensuring that Dad would get to go to the store every workday and be a part of the business. On Sundays, Frank took Dad on backroad drives throughout the Hill Country; Frank knew more backroad routes from Burnet to Comfort and back again than anyone. Dad also instilled in Frank an interest and pride in family genealogy. Frank happily served as treasurer of the Seidensticker Family Reunion for many years. In the last 15 years of his life, Frank’s love of history and accuracy led him on fact-finding missions throughout courthouses, libraries, museums, first-hand accounts, and primary source witnesses. Finding the details through accurate research was his forte. Frank volunteered once a month for two years at the Comfort Heritage Foundation, investing hours of research tracking events & dates of early Comfort history 1854-1862. Just recently in Burnet, Frank worked over a year with the Burnet County Historical Commission in securing a Texas Historical Commission plaque for the red-brick junior high building.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents Edgar & E.C., brother-in-law Mike Stewart, brother & sister-in-law Paul & Pat Seidensticker, and family blessing, Viola Booker.

Survivors include two sisters Anne Stewart of Comfort and Frances Dodds & husband Cranston Dodds of Corsicana; nephews Michael Stewart & wife Ana of Comfort, Alex Stewart & wife Cindy of Killeen, Christopher Seidensticker & wife Judy of Floresville, Taylor Dodds & wife Yesenia of Cumming, GA and nieces Cheryl Williams & husband David of Georgetown, Campbell Dodds of The Colony, and Marie Dodds of Denton. Grandnieces & nephews include Jessie Sitka & husband James of LaVernia, Emma Aguirre & husband Andrew of Universal City, Brittany Thomas of Killeen, Rachel Williams of Round Rock and Reece Williams of San Marcos, Henry Stewart & wife Jordan of Leander, Sean Stewart of San Antonio, Andrew, Isaac, & Leo Dodds of Cumming, GA; great-grandnephews Julian Stewart, Callan & Carter Sitka.

If you prefer to give flowers, please do so; Frank loved looking at the beauty of bright flowers. If you prefer to make memorial contributions, please do so; Frank’s favorites follow: Epiphany Episcopal Church, 601 North Wood Street, Burnet 78611; Burnet County Historical Commission, 220 South Pierce Street, Burnet; Comfort Public Library, P.O. Box 536, Comfort, Tx 78013; Comfort Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 433, Comfort, TX. Cards and letters please send to: Anne Stewart, 516 High Street, Comfort, TX 78013 or Frances Dodds P.O. Box 1801, Corsicana, TX 7511

 

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
March 3, 2024

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Jenkins Funeral Home
109 N. Main St
Burnet, TX 78611

Memorial Service
Sunday
March 3, 2024

4:00 PM
Epiphany Episcopal Church
601 N. Wood St
Burnet, TX 78611

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