Local mayor dies 17 days after winning runoff election

Copperas Cove Mayor Frank Seffrood. (City photo)

COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) Copperas Cove Mayor Frank Seffrood died unexpectedly Friday morning at his home following a brief illness, just more than two weeks after winning a second term in a runoff election on Dec. 11.

He was 79.

The Wisconsin native was a U.S. Army veteran who retired in 1979 after 23 years of service.

Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, issued a statement Friday expressing condolences to Seffrood’s family.

“Frank served our nation for 23 years in the Army and was always a good friend to Fort Hood with a passion for helping our soldiers and their families. He will be missed,” he said

Seffrood worked for Central Texas College from 1980 to 1986 and the U.S. Postal Service from 1986 to 2010.

He served on the Copperas Cove City Council for 6 ½ years before he was elected mayor in 2015.

He’s survived by his wife of 55 years, Rita, three children and three grandchildren.

“He had a contagious positivity, love for life, family and friends that was unparalleled and respected by many. Mayor Seffrood was a driving force in the community and he will be greatly missed,” the city said in a press release Friday.

Visitation is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home at 211 West Avenue B in Copperas Cove.

A Rosary is at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at the funeral home.

A Catholic Mass is at 10 a.m. Jan. 7 at the Holy Family Catholic Church at 1001 Georgetown Rd. in Copperas Cove.

Burial follows at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at 11463 State Highway 195 in Killeen.

Seffrood won a second term on Dec. 11, defeating challenger Azeita Taylor in the runoff 581-508.