Walter W. Seibly

Walter Seibly

HERMISTON — Longtime Lewis-Clark Valley physician Walter W. Seibly, 95, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at Rose Arbor Assisted Living Center in Hermiston. Visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 26 from 4-7 p.m. at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston, and Monday, Dec. 27 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Clarkston Seventh-day Adventist Church. Services will be held Monday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. at the church.

Mr. Seibly was born July 3, 1915, the second son of William and Hannah Jane Huntington Seibly. His parents were working in an apple orchard the summer of 1915, and he was born in a tent along the lower Naches River, northwest of Yakima. The Seibly family remained in the Yakima Valley during his formative years.

In 1935 he began a pre-med course at Walla Walla College. During the College Day festivities that year he met Maxine Barclay from Dayton. They were married the next fall at her family’s farm.

Although accepted to medical school immediately following his degree at Walla Walla College, he was forced to delay his education in order to earn the money to enroll. He did everything from picking apples to driving a bread truck to teaching school, but accomplished his dream by graduating from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1945.

Following a number of assignments with the U.S. Army, he and family moved to Clarkston in 1947, where he eventually built his own office building and practiced family medicine for nearly 30 years. During the Korean War he was called back to service in the Air Force as a flight surgeon. He remained in the Air Force Reserve for many years, and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

After his retirement in 1976, he continued as medical director for four skilled nursing facilities, and as a surgical assistant for area surgeons. The Tri-State Memorial Hospital Imaging and Women’s Diagnostic Center was named in his honor in 2006.

Mr. Seibly is survived by children Renee Larrabee and Barclay Seibly, both of Clarkston, Wash., and Tamara Johnson of Hermiston; seven grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Maxine Seibly, in 2000; granddaughter Jill Lynn Larrabee; and seven siblings.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Tri-State Memorial Hospital Imaging Center, P.O. Box 636, Clarkston, WA 99403 or to the Asotin County Food Bank Building Project, 146 Maple St., Clarkston, WA 99403.

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