The Gladbrook Corn Carnival Corporation has named Gene Seda as the grand marshall of the 2013 parade. The parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. June 28.
Seda was selected as grand marshall because of 42 years of dedicated service to the Gladbrook-Lincoln Ambulance Service. He plans to retire after Corn Carnival. His years of service began in 1972 - with a whole lot of of urging from Jerry Psotka and Virginia Parsons.
"I took the first aid class out of curiosity - must have been a slow Sunday. We had 30 to 40 people at first and I thought this won't be too bad. But it weeded down fast. And we only had four pagers that had to be passed around. I started three months after it initially began," Seda said.
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Gene Seda has been named the 2013 Gladbrook Corn Carnival Parade Grand Marshall. He has served the Gladbrook-Lincoln Ambulance Service for 42 years and plans to retire this summer. He farms and also owns Seda Repair, located on the home farm east of Gladbrook. He is pictured on his Case 730 tractor.
The biggest change has been the inception of cell phones. The calls were originally sent to the nursing home and they called the pagers. Seda said his worst call was in 1984 when Ron Busch got caught in the PTO of the manure spreader. Alice Hamman had taken the call and in turn called Leila Seda who told Seda as he arrived to celebrate Christmas with his folks. Gene said,
"I took off in my old pick-up and actually passed the ambulance driven by Carol Parsons. It was so icy Carol asked me if I wanted to drive to the hospital in Marshalltown. I was to be in Ron's wedding four days later," Seda said.
Ron and Gene were classmates in the Gladbrook High School Class of 1967.
Seda and his wife Barbra Allen were married in 1976 and are the parents of two sons, Brian and Dan.
Brian Seda has a Ph.D. in plant genetics and is head soybean breeder for Pioneer. He lives near York, Neb.
Dan Seda and his wife, Katie, live in Urbandale where they work for Principal Insurance. Dan has also been working part time on the Urbandale Fire and Rescue. He followed in dad's footsteps and is an EMT and trained fireman. He is beginning to work on his Master of Business. The couple is expecting their first child in October.
Currently, there are only about eight members on the Gladbrook-Lincoln Ambulance Service. The community owes them all a heartfelt thank you. Serving actually is a family affair.