Joe being sworn in on January 13, 2013

Joe being sworn in on January 13, 2013

Joe was born in 1951 to Tony (“A.C” to some) and Alfreda Seiwert of Pretty Prairie.  He spent his very first years on the family farm in eastern Reno County.  When Cheney Lake was built in the late 50’s and early 60’s, the Seiwert family farm had to relocate in 1962.  The family made their home west of Pretty Prairie where Joe still farms today as well as a small piece of the farm not consumed by the lake.

Joe grew up on the farm with his parents and four sisters learning the value of hard work.  He graduated from Kingman High School in 1969.  He met Linda Kampling of Cunningham, they married and moved to Omaha, Nebraska where Joe attended the University of Nebraska.  He majored in business management and began working for Northwestern Bell.

After four years in Omaha, Joe and Linda returned to Wichita after taking a position with Southwestern Bell.  This also enabled him to help his aging parents with the family grain and livestock farm.  They built a home west of Wichita and welcomed their first daughter, Dana, in 1975.

In 1977, Joe and Linda purchased a farmstead six miles east of Pretty Prairie where they have made their home for 30 years.  One year later, their second daughter, Barbara, joined the family.  Joe was transferred to Hutchinson with Southwestern Bell and began building his own farming operation. In the summer of 1980, their third daughter Toni, blessed the family.

In the years following, Joe and Linda grew their farming operation that included livestock, grains and hay.  In his spare time, he did conservation work for himself and others.  This included building ponds, roads, terraces and tree removal.  He also found time to be involved with his church, the USD #311 school system, Pretty Prairie Booster Club and the Ninnescah Township.

In August of 2000, Joe retired from Southwestern Bell after 30 years of service to take a John Deere sales position with Kingman Equipment.  With all three daughters having graduated from college and helping with the growing needs of the farm, Joe left John Deere in 2006.

This fall, Joe and Linda will celebrate their 43rd anniversary.  They enjoy their time together traveling, farming and spending time with family.  Three sons-in-law, Heath, Tim and Kacey have joined the family as well as eight grandchildren.  Kaitlyn, Madelyn, AJ, Taylor, Valerie, Andrew, Michael and Ty continue to keep grandpa and grandma busy.