Thomas E. Seeley

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Gender: Male

Date of Birth: February 21, 1926

Date of Death: December 30, 1999

Birth Place: Midwest, WY

Death Place: Casper, WY

Thomas E. Seeley

CASPER – Services for Thomas E. Seeley, 73, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Moore officiating.  Interment will be at Highland Cemetery with full military rites.

He died Dec. 30, 1999, at Wyoming Medical Center after an extremely courageous battle with leukemia lymphoma and chronic lung disease during the past four years.

He was born Feb. 21, 1926, in Midwest, to Carlton E., and Alma (McEntire) Seeley.

He completed his education in Wyoming and jointed the U.S. Navy.  He was honorably discharged July 23, 1945, and then continued on with his love of flying.

He enjoyed teaching people to fly and owned several flying services, including Seeley’s Flying Service in Casper from 1966 to 1976.  He was known throughout the United States for his superb flying skills and flew hundreds of hours putting out forest fires and spraying sagebrush, as well as flying air ambulance and public charters.

In 1976, he retired from flying professionally and began raising American Paint horses in Wickenburg, Ariz.  He bred and raised some of the country’s finest Paint horses including several world champions.

In 1978, he moved to Klamath Falls, Ore., and continued showing his horses.  In 1994 he moved to Casper and build a lovely place on 8 Mile Road that he was very proud of.

He was devoted to his family and grandchildren, he loved flying and beautiful horses.  He was a meticulous welder and he painted every single thing he owned “Seeley Yellow” as he called it.

Survivors include his beloved daughter, Kathy Seeley of Casper, four sons, Kent Seeley of Park City, Utah, Gregory Seeley of Florence, Mont., and Michael and Robert Henderson of New London, Iowa, one brother, Carl Seeley of Newcastle, two sisters, Mary Thoet of Newcastle and Bertha Billings of Jackson, 13 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, nieces, nephews, cousins, his loyal and faithful dog companion Jake, and his best friend and neighbor, John Bently.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister, and his hero, his son, Kevin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Thomas E. Seeley Memorial Scholarship at Casper College would be greatly appreciated.  Memorials may be left at Bustard’s or the Casper College Foundation.

Bustard’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyoming) Thursday January 20, 2000

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THOMAS E. SEELEY

Services for Thomas E. Seeley will be held at 1 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Moore officiating.  Interment will be at Highland Cemetery with full military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Thomas E. Seeley Memorial Scholarship at Casper College would be greatly appreciated.  Memorials may be left at Bustard’s or the Casper College Foundation.

Bustard’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyoming) Saturday January 22, 2000

[Great-grandson of SGS # 2794g –Thomas Eugene; Carlton Eugene; Carl Ernest; Ira (# 2784g); Gideon (# 1098); Agur/Augar, Joseph; Joseph; John; Nathaniel; Robert]