Walter Wood Seil

November 4, 2008

By Contributor

Walter Wood Seil, a lifelong resident of Issaquah, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. He was 88.

Walter Seil

Walter Seil

At his request, a private family gathering will be held in the future.  

Born Sept. 15, 1920, in Issaquah, he was the first son of Edward and Josephine Seil. He was raised in Issaquah and graduated from Issaquah High School in 1945. He played on the Issaquah High School football team and the town team.

Walter worked as an engineer for the Wycoff Co. Among his duties at the Wycoff Co., he was a lead inspector on cranes at the Port of Seattle. He retired in 1975.  

In his leisure time, he enjoyed golf, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. Walt was also involved with coaching Little League and peewee football for many years. 

His family remembers him as a man with an inquisitive mind who loved to tinker with anything mechanical. He once attempted to take apart his computer to see how it worked. He also enjoyed working on cars and in his garage. He was a longtime member of the Issaquah Elks No. 2546 and the Issaquah Historical Society. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and generous friend, he will be deeply missed.

Walter is survived by his loving wife Olga; children Mary McClary and her husband Leonard, of Hebron, Ky., and Sandra Barnes and her husband Larry, of Spokane; siblings Jack Seil, of Casagrande, Ariz., Chet Seil and his wife Emma, of Hoquiam, Katurah Ward and her husband Archie, of Casagrande, Ariz., and Mabel Junevitch and her husband Tony, of Maple Valley; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

The family suggests remembrances to the Issaquah Historical Society.

Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at

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