JANESVILLE—Bruce “Duke” Seifried, of Janesville, was born Aug. 19, 1935, was baptized on April 11, 1936, and confirmed January 1947, at Christ Episcopal Church, Dayton, Ohio. He left us to play in the heavenly jazz band on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Duke graduated from Urbana High School in Urbana, Ohio and from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1957, with advanced business studies from the American Management Association in Chicago.
Duke is best known for his work in designing and fabricating interactive museum displays of historical and fantastical subjects that may also be played out as a game. He has termed these “Extravaganzas” and there are 46 of them finding homes throughout the world and in a number of our American States. They are comprised of terrain, structures and hundreds of authentic figurines, mostly an inch down to 5/8’s of an inch tall with all elements in scale. (This work may be observed at DukePix.SmugMug.com.) His work is prized by collectors and gamers alike with major collections in Monaco (1/3rd), also in, Austrailia, Bahrain, Italy, New Zealand and throughout the United States. In December 2017, a book, “Duke Seifried and the Development of American Miniature Wargaming” was published, edited by John Curry, UK and Jim Getz, Ohio.
His other interest was jazz. Duke was primarily a jazz guitarist, arranger and string bass player. In recent years his credits include serving for many years with the Jack Farina Big Band, Jazz for Jesus and a computer-driven solo element (COOL JAZZ), featuring special arrangements he wrote as backgrounds, and performed over- as a single (thanks to techy friend, Dan Mackey.) He played string bass for a number of churches that he and his wife, Annette attended. He also played for the Bert Blain American Heart Walk for 15 years. While living in Ohio, he performed with many combos and some well-known names.
Duke was involved with a number of vocations throughout the years, WLW-D Television, Kircher/Helton/Collette Advertising, Dynamic Displays, Custom Cast-Der Kriegspielers, Heritage USA, (both serving the tin soldier market) TSR (Dungeons & Dragons), Creative Concepts and Dry Foam Carpet Cleaning.
He is predeceased by his parents, Opal (Willman) and William Seifried, Dayton, Ohio. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 26 years, Annette Baker. His first wife, Ruth Nungesser Seifried (deceased) was the mother of his children, including, Shari ( Ron) Gross, Bruce Seifried, Jonathan (Cary) Seifried, Laura Illanes, Samantha Seifried-Sipowicz and Shelly (Jim) Sawyers. There are also two adopted boys, Daniel Seifried and Benjamin Seifried. There are 13 grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister, Mary Seifried; sister-in-law, Alice Gilbertson; along with stepchildren, Jeff ( Gaynell) Instefjord, Eric (Lyn) Instefjord, Kent (Lori) Instefjord and Lisa (Russ) Armstrong; also six step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. He leaves behind many musician and adventure/wargaming friends.
Duke donated his body to the UW-Wisconsin Medical School, particularly to research Pulmonary Fibrosis in hopes of one day finding a cure. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at Hope Lutheran Church in Milton, located at 335 Dairyland Drive, 53563, The Building Fund for the Southern Wisconsin Humane Society located at 222 S. Arch St., Janesville, WI 53548. Jazz for Jesus will play at the memorial service to be held at HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 335 Dairyland Drive, Milton, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at 11 a.m., with visitation prior to the service and lunch following.
We are most grateful to Agrace HospiceCare; Kathy and Bob of Mercy Home Health Care; Dr. Jane Anderson, Mercy Clinic South; Dr. Jay Tuck, Mercy Lung Center; and dear friends, Wayne and Diane Wiley, Gary and Belem Regan and Phil Moore for their constant concern, visits and helpfulness.
Due to family allergies, No Flowers, please.