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Danny Jensen, Bill Seitz head to state bowling Hall of Fame

Community: Local bowlers helped in many facets of the game

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Editor’s note: Lane Lafler is a director with the Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association Board and Hall of Fame committee member.

By Lane Lafler, community contributor

The Iowa State USBC Bowling Association will induct two local bowlers — Danny Jensen of Marion and the late William “Bill” Seitz of Cedar Rapids — into the state Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Jensen began bowling in 1958 at the age of 14 at Legion Lanes in Cedar Rapids. He started bowling in adult leagues in 1967 at Castle Lanes in Marion. In 1968, he became league secretary for the Monday Night League and held that position for 37 years. He has served as president, vice president and secretary for various leagues.

He has served on the Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association board of directors since 1977 as president, vice president and association secretary. He has been a certified lane inspector since 1978 and has been the chairman of the Certification Committee for the last 14 years.

Jensen, along with Bob Newlin, formed the Cedar Rapids Bowling Council and served on its board for 12 years. He has served on the Iowa State USBC Bowling Association board since 1987 and is currently the financial director.

Jensen’s highest average was 221 in 1997 and he has two 800s, two 299s, 13 300s and numerous 11-in-a-row awards. He has been to 34 national tournaments and 20 Petersen Classic events.

He has also fared well in the association tournament, finishing as team champions (n the mid-1970s, late 1990s and 2002) and was doubles champion with Eldon Henson in the mid-1970s. He also was team champion in the Rockwell tournament in 1995, 1996 and 1999 and 2010 doubles champion with Mike Oelberg. He won the Eastern Iowa Senior 50/50 doubles with Rich Kemme in 1998.

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Jensen was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1994 and received the Frank Stanek award in 1990.

Bowling has been a huge part of his life and he has given back to the game any way he can. He considers himself very lucky to have competed against many outstanding bowlers during his career.

Seitz (1924-2011) started his career working for Ken Berry at the Town and Country Bowl as a pin setter and deskman. Starting in 1950, he was maintenance man at the Town and Country Bowl and then at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center until he was 80. He had the longest run of working part-time, for 54 years, at these centers.

His love for the game always was forefront in his career as he helped Dick Pepmeyer and Lee Atherton with the youth leagues and his children all became involved in bowling.

Seitz also was a tournament bowler, participating in 40 national tournaments, 41 state tournaments and the state senior tournament. He was a member of the state and national 700 Clubs, serving as president of the local 700 club.

In 1962, he won a bronze medal at the national tournament in Des Moines with a 1719 all events while his team placed 10th. Seitz holds an association championship in senior doubles with Henry King, in 1987, and finished second in all events with a 1948 in 1975. He averaged 192 until his later years.

Seitz was a life member in the local association and served on the board. as well. He received the Frank Stanek Award in 1997, was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Bowling Hall of Fame in 1991 and was on the All Star Team with a 199 average for his outstanding bowling in 2003-2004.

He is remembered for a willingness to help all bowlers with their game and to help all understand the game better. He tried to pass on his love for the game and he succeeded with his legacy.

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