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William H. DeForest

William H. DeForest
November 3, 1919 -  February 2, 2018

William H. DeForest age 98, of Fremont
died Friday February 2, 2018 at Nye Legacy Health and Rehab.

He was born on a farm south of Woodbine, Iowa on November 3, 1919 to Jesse and Hazel DeForest, the second of four sons. He attended a rural school and graduated from Woodbine High School with a Normal Training Certificate, which permitted teaching in rural schools. For five years he taught in the Woodbine and Persia areas. He worked in the Union Pacific Headquarters offices in Omaha for a year and a half, and later worked for C.A. Swanson and Sons and Campbell Soup from 1944 to 1967 in payroll and Personnel Administration. He was employed at Equitable Federal Savings and Loan from 1967 to 1988 as Personnel Manager, Branch Manager, and Office Manager. After retiring as Vice President of Operations from the Savings and Loan, in 1988 he began working part time (for eleven years) in the marketing department at Fremont National Bank and Trust. Over the years he was certified as an Activity Vector Personnel Analyst and participated in many Personnel and Sales Development courses. He attended Creighton University for a short period, and had a great interest in drama and would have liked to pursue acting. He cared very much about others.

He married Myrna Waldemer in November of 1942. To this union a daughter, Shari Lynne, was born on January 31, 1948. Myrna passed away on April 10, 1964. Later, on November 27, 1968, he married Berniece Sedlacek, who had a daughter, Kathy Allender, and five sons, Ronald, Wesley, David, Gary and Donald Sedlacek.

He was baptized in the First Christian Church in Omaha on May 16, 1948 and later joined the Florence Christian Church. In December, 1972, he joined the First Baptist Church in Fremont where he held several offices including the office of Treasurer for 20 years. He was president of the Fremont Area Personnel Association on two occasions.

Survivors: daughter – Shari Lynne Cook, Sauk City, WI
stepdaughter – Kathy (Gene) Allender, Fremont
3 stepsons – Ronald, David, and Gary Sedlacek
several grandchildren and great grandchildren
nieces and nephews

He was preceded by his wife Myrna, wife Berniece, and Berniece’s sons Wesley and Donald, 3 brothers Delvin, Max and Richard and a nephew Lloyd DeForest.

The funeral service will be 10 AM Saturday, February 10 at the First Baptist Church with the committal to follow in Memorial Cemetery. Visitation at the Ludvigsen Mortuary will be on Friday, February 9, with the family present 5 to 8 PM. Memorials are suggested to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, Kindred Hospice of Fremont and Omaha Home for Boys.

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