LeRoy Seely, age 96, of St. James died on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System-St. James. Funeral services will be 2:00pm, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. K. Christian Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery with military honors provided by the St. James Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be Monday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 5 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday one hour before services at the church. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
LeRoy Durland Seely died peacefully Thursday, May 30, 2013, after a short illness. Roy was born in Westbrook, on April 6, 1917, and lived in St. James, Sioux Falls, Worthington and England during WWII. He was proud of his military service with the Army Air Corps and often told of singing "Coming in on a Wing and Prayer" during his first solo flight. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion. He loved being a rail like his father and between them they had 90 years of service. He received his 60 year pin from the United Transportation Union last fall. Roy was unique. He enjoyed entertaining with dance steps, juggling, card tricks, whistling, singing ditties and telling jokes all with his mischievous grin. He was athletic, loved playing golf, baseball and watching basketball, especially the Gopher Girls team. Roy and Louise spent two decades wintering in Florida and they made many life long friends there. They also traveled to Europe, Canada and many states on their own and on bus tours.
He leaves behind his daughter Nancy Ringen and her husband Steve and granddaughter Brianna; Louise's children Sandra and Tom Kratz, (David and Michael), Nancy and Gary Hamer (Todd and Kristi) and Fritzi and Mark Hagen (Jessica, Cara and Luke); 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly and will miss him.
His parents, wives Vera and Louise and siblings Clark, Marge and Betty all preceded him in death.