Obituary: David Sebits

David Ruel Sebits, a retired lab engineer at AGCO in Hesston, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019, after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 72.
Born Dec. 16, 1946, in Cheney, to Carl and Dixie Sebits, David was a Jack-of-all-trades: An engineer, a Jazz pianist/organist who could play any song by ear, and a collector of antique cars and tractors. He passed on his love for all things mechanical to his grandchildren.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics at Emporia State University, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. His college was interrupted briefly when he enlisted in the Air Force National Guard and was activated two months later.
On July 3, 1971, he married Dixie Brandis in Cheney. After graduate school, he was hired as a test lab engineer at Hesston Corporation (later AGCO) – a job he enjoyed so much, he never took another.
David loved his family, loved his Church and loved his AGCO friends. He was always content in life and never in a hurry – except the one time he received a speeding ticket as he rushed to Wichita to meet his first grandchild.
Even at the very end of his battle with cancer, as he lay in the hospital bed surrounded by family, he closed his eyes and smiled. “This is the best,” he said. “I just love laying here listening to all of you.”
His family loved listening to David as he played his jazz riffs on the piano. He will be missed.
David is survived by his wife, Dixie; his three children, Trent (Jeni), Travis (Andrea) and Lindsey; his five grandchildren, Isabella, Preston, Zachariah, Ethan and Andrew; and his cousins, David Merriman and Connie Farris.
Memorial donations can be made to W.H.E.A.T. Co. (Wheat Heritage Engine and Threshing Co.), Box 187, Goessel, KS 67053 or Immanuel Lutheran Church, 701 26th Ave, Canton, KS 67428.
Visitation was held Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Wulf-Ast Mortuary, Garden Plain. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Immanual Lutheran Church in Canton, Kan.