Submitted by: T.D.
Dr. W. K. (Bill) Semtner, long-time resident of Durant died of cancer Wednesday morning in Fort Worth, TX. He was 88. Dr. Semtner was Bryan Counties first Veterinarian and practiced in Durant for fifty years before retiring in 1995. Born on March 26, 1920 in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, to Gunther and Magdalina Semtner,
Bill grew up in Konawa, attended undergraduate school at Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater and Graduate School at Michigan State in Lansing where he graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1944. Dr. Semtner proudly served his country as a member of The United States Army. He married June Benton on March 18, 1944 in Lansing, Michigan and they were married for over 46 years before her death in December of 1991. Dr.
Semtner leaves behind four children: Teri Rader and husband Jim of Pottsboro. Teri’s son Ken Gilchrist and family, wife Sherry and children Tawnee, Kyle and Keli all of Cedar Hill, Texas; Kurt Semtner and wife Theresa, children Erin & Kurt Jr. of Downingtown, PA; Kevin Semtner and wife Stacey and daughter Alexandra Alvarez of San Antonio and son Robert Alvarez of Middletown, Connecticut; Kristin Young, Husband Chuck and daughter Nicole of Arlington, Texas; Granddaughter Erica Stewart, husband Trey and children Rett and Sarah Beth of Mansfield, Texas. Daughter Sally Flowers preceded him in death April 22, 2001.
A funeral mass will be held Saturday, June 14, 2008 for Dr. Semtner beginning at 11:00 AM at Saint Williams Catholic Church, located at 802 W. University Blvd., with internment immediately thereafter at Highland Cemetery. Father Valerian Gonsalves will officiate.
Family hour will begin at 7:00 PM on Friday at the Dalton Holmes Funeral Home in Durant.
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