Former Hilliard service director Clyde "Butch" Seidle, who died at age 68 on March 2, leaves "a tremendous legacy," said Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt.

Much of the infrastructure that Hilliard motorists use became reality through his efforts, said Schonhardt, who worked with Seidle for more than 15 years.

Visiting hours are scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tidd Funeral Home, 5265 Norwich St. in Hilliard.

A funeral service for Seidle is scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Church Next Door, 5755 Feder Road in Columbus.

Schonhardt called Seidle a close friend. Seidle was appointed service director in 2004, Schonhardt's first year as mayor.

"Butch leaves a tremendous legacy in this community," Schonhardt said. "He deserves so much of the credit for the significant projects that have made Hilliard the great community it is today. His hard work and dedication will leave a lasting positive impact on this city."

The city announced Seidle's retirement Feb. 8, and it was effective March 1.

"I've never thought of this as a job because this life of public service has been a pleasure," Seidle said in a press release the city issued Feb. 8.

Seidle had said his proudest accomplishment was the extension of Britton Parkway and Trueman Boulevard from Cemetery Road to Tuttle Crossing Boulevard on the outskirts of Dublin.

Seidle graduated from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in engineering in 1976 and studied civil engineering at Ohio State University from 1977 to 1980.

Prior to arriving in Hilliard, he was principal and director of Moody Nolan from 2000 to 2004 and chief deputy engineer for Delaware County from 1995 to 2000.

Seidle was a veteran of the U.S Marine Corps and was married to his wife, Mary, for 35 years.

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