Oct. 22, 1927-April 1, 2013
Lon L. Seelye, 85, of Lake Park, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his residence in Harlingen, Texas, on Monday, April 1, 2013.
Lon Linton Seelye was born to Ernest and Alma (Erickson) Seelye on October 22, 1927 in Cass Lake. He grew up and attended school in Cass Lake, graduating from Cass Lake High School. He served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service during World War II, from 1945 to 1946. He later served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 during the Korean War.
Following the war he attended Bemidji State University and the Gayle Institute in Minneapolis. He began working for Burlington Northern Railroad in Pembina, N.D., and later was the Burlington Northern customer service representative for eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. He worked for 40 years and loved his job with the railroad.
In his spare time Lon loved to golf, fish, and hunt. He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. He was also an active member of the Elks Club, Eagles Club, and the American Legion. One of his greatest enjoyments was spending time at the lake with his grandchildren.
Surviving Lon are his wife of 58 years, Marian; two daughters, Georgina Wischnak of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Joanne Seeyle of Detroit Lakes; two sons, Mike (Gerry) Seelye and Tom Seelye, both of Detroit Lakes; 13 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and one sister, Nina McKennett of Detroit Lakes.
Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Clyde, Russell and Ernest Seelye; two sisters, Gladys VanEps and Clara Monroe; and his grandson, Tony Wischnak.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 8 at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday April 9 in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Detroit Lakes.
Interment will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 10 in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.
Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the guestbook section at www.westkjos.com.