Donald F. Seidel, 92, loved dining out with his fellow WWII veteran friends

Donald Seidel (Courtesy of Woodlawn Funeral Home)
Donald Seidel (Courtesy of Woodlawn Funeral Home)

Donald F. Seidel, 92, passed away Friday, December 4, 2015 in Virginia Beach, VA.

Don was born in Milton, Pennsylvania on October 6, 1923 to the late Sue Pollock Seidel and Ralph B. Seidel. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth H. Seidel, three sisters and two brothers. Don is survived by one son, George W. Thomas and wife Alix of Mission Viejo, CA and two daughters, Donna S. Hopkins and husband Ronald and Linda S. Taylor and husband William Jones, all of Virginia Beach, VA.

He also leaves to cherish his memory three grandchildren, Tina L. Hopkins (Mark) of Chesapeake, VA, George D. Thomas (Vanessa) or Birmingham, AL, and Chrystal Thomas of Cypress, CA. Also, six great-grandchildren: Victoria L. Hopkins of Virginia Beach, VA, Tyler and Vanessa Coronado of Chesapeake, VA, Alora and George S. Thomas of Birmingham, AL and Savannah Thomas of Cypress, CA. Don also has a sister, Jeanne Schuman of Williamsport, PA and a sister-in-law, Paula Curtis of Virginia Beach, VA. He also had many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

Don was a proud Navy WWII veteran with many years of honorable service. After retiring from the Navy, he went to work for the Atlantic Division Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Norfolk, VA. He retired from there in December of 1986 with a combined total of 44 years of government service.

Don loved dining out with his special WWII veteran friends, all proudly wearing their WWII caps and had the honor of having many meals paid for them by total strangers. Don was born a yankee but became a southerner by marriage.
Don’s son, daughters, and grand and great grandchildren will dearly miss him, always love him, and never forget him.

The family would like to thank the staff of The Memory Center in Virginia Beach, VA for their dedicated care and loving commitment to the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, December 16 at 10 a.m. and a funeral service at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6309 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA. Burial and reception to follow. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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