Craig Seely


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: November 29, 1929

Date of Death: September 2, 2007

Birth Place: Algona, IA

Death Place: Sioux Falls, SD

Craig Seely

Baltic – Craig Seely, 77, of Baltic, died Sunday, September 2, 2007 at Sanford Health. Committal Service will be at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at the Pioneer Cemetery, Baltic. Memorial Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at Hilltop United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with at Prayer Service at 8:00 p.m. at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Baltic. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the SDSU Foundation.

J. Craig Seely was born November 22, 1929 at Algona, Iowa, the only son of Hazel (Burtis) and Howard Brown Seely. Craig attended Plum Creek Grade School, Burt, Iowa and graduated from Algona High School in 1947. He attended Iowa State College and South Dakota State University, graduating in 1952 with a BS in Animal Science. Craig married Ann Erickson of Canova on December 23, 1951 at the Presbyterian Church in rural Winfred, South Dakota.

Craig enlisted in the US Army Meat Corps in 1953 and served until 1955. He started his employment in Vinton, Iowa as a County Agent and in 1956 joined John Morrell & Co. in the Ag service, later moving to lamb grading and beef procurement. He was later employed as a cattle buyer by Greenlee, Wilson, Rosen Meats and Tuntland order buyers. He established Seely Livestock Co. in 1970 and worked as a self employed order buyer until his retirement in 2007. After his retirement he worked at Wal-Mart.

Craig was an active member of the Hilltop United Methodist Church where he held many administrative board offices and enjoyed his pork barbeque grilling and XYZ activities. Craig other activities included the Baltic American Legion, Farm Bureau, 4-H leader, Sioux Empire Farm Show Superintendent, Sioux Empire and South Dakota State Fair Sheep Superintendent. Craig was associated with the Sioux Falls Stockyards for 50 years and held many offices. He was a member of the Shorthorn Cattle Association and several State and National sheep associations.

Craig’s greatest loves were his family, friends, sports, church, and gardening, showing livestock and supporting the SDSU Jacks. He especially enjoyed following his sons, grandchildren and other youths in their activities.

Craig is survived by his wife, Ann, Baltic; sons and their wives, Scott and Val Seely, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Brad and Patti Seely, Wrentham, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Sarah, Jo, Brett, Hannah, and Brynn Seely; brother-in-law, Richard (Patricia) Erickson, Rapid City; sister-in-law, Mildred (Maynard) Pearson, Madison; several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Craig was preceded in death by his parents.

Published in the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) – September 3, 2007

[Great-grandson of SGS # 3349 – James Craig; Howard Brown; James C.; Andrew L. (# 3349); Jacob (#1494); John Nichols; Samuel; Samuel; Jonas; Obadiah]