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Charles Seidler

Charles William Seidler, 70, of Freeport, passed away on December 13,
2020 in Freeport, Texas.

Charlie was born in Freeport, Texas to Charles Oscar Seidler and Jeanette
Hodgson Seidler on January 20, 1950. He graduated from Brazosport High
School in 1969 and while he worked many jobs over the years, including
20 years at Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical Company, Charlie’s true calling
was as a volunteer firefighter for 25 years.

A firebug from the start, little Charlie was known to start a fire under the
porch of the family home, and even in the alley behind the shed, which
was swiftly reported to the fire department and worse, his mother. When
the adults arrived on scene, little Charlie had the fire well under control
with the garden hose, and his fate as a firefighter was sealed. His fellow
firefighters remember Charlie as a guy ready to work and uninterested in
glory. He was an avid hunter and it is entirely possible that he loved
hunting so much because it afforded him an opportunity to retell his old
stories to whatever friend with whom he was in the pasture.

Charlie wasn’t much of a reader, unless it was a gun magazine or his bible.
He preferred to take the backroads wherever he went, refused to evacuate
during hurricanes, ate whatever you put in front of him (usually with a layer
of pepper), and joked that the only way he could hold an intelligent
conversation was by talking to himself, which everyone knows was soft-
spoken mumbling. Charlie only ever wore western pearl-snap shirts, denim
jeans, cowboy boots, and a baseball hat. As a young man, he’d sit and
drink coffee at Raspberry’s, sketching on napkins when there was no one
available with whom to chat. In his later years, if he didn’t pick up any one
of the thirteen or more cellphones he went through, you could always find
him watching the traffic pass by at Red Top.

Charlie was a flawed man, and like us all, carried a balance of mistakes
and victories. His life was a lesson. In failing and trying again, in
forgiveness and faith. Charlie’s belief in the absolution of his God afforded
him the peace and dignity to face his mortality. Unafraid of death, each
birthday past the age his own father died he counted as extra, grateful for
more than he felt was owed to him. Knowing time was short, his last
prayers were about his family. “Lord, if it’s my time, then I’m ready. Take
me tomorrow. Not today, but tomorrow.”

Sometimes grief is so hard because we mourn the chance to say or redo
or confront the moments that have affected us so greatly with the people
that mean so much to us. In the shadow of our loss of Charlie, this moment

from a television show resonated: “So what if he screwed up? So what if
he was a coward for more years than he was a hero? In the end, he got it
right.” By imperfect example, he taught us that small steps forward might
make the journey longer, but they still take us in the right direction.
Charles is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Phyllis Ann and her
husband Billy McCoy.

Charles is survived by his children: Charles (Victoria) Seidler of Angleton,
Stacie (Leon Faulkner) Seidler of West Columbia, Michael (Emily) Henley
of Houston, William (Melissa) Henley of Clute, Anna Prochazka of
Freeport, and Sarah Butler of Jacksonville, NC; 11 grandchildren: Charles
Klint, Leynie, and Elyjah Seidler, Avery Faulkner, David Henley, Zoe Garza
and Ezekiel Henley, Benjamin, Vera, and Eleanor Brown, and Phoenix
Butler; and many extended family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2021
with Fred Ortiz of New Beginnings Community Church, officiating.
Arrangements are by Freeport—Lakewood Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions in Charlie’s honor may be made to the Freeport
Fire and EMS Association.



 
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01/04/21 12:06 AM #1    

Gene Martin

Charlie and my husband (Gene Martin) were very close and hunted and fished more than anyone I ever knew.  They also sat at Rasberrys a LOT together.  Charlie was Gene's best man at our wedding also.  I'm sorry to see the news of his passing.  I will need to tell Gene this.  We loved Charlie.  I was glad to see that he was a Christian.  The older we get, the more important it seems to us.  We love you Charlie.

 


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