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Thomas E. Seeley


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: December 21, 1919

Date of Death: January 1, 2016

Birth Place: Elmira, NY

Death Place: Alpena, MI

Thomas E. Seeley

Seeley, Thomas E. 96, of Alpena, died Friday, January 1, 2016 at home. Thomas was born in Elmira, New York on December 21, 1919 the only child born to Anna (Mack) and Howard Seeley. He graduated from Southside High School in 1938. In 1941 he came to Michigan to work at A.C. Spark Plug and in December of 1942 he enlisted in the Marine Corps where he spent 36 months in the Pacific with the 16th AA Defense Battalion and was on Okinawa Easter Sunday (D Day). When the war ended he returned to Flint to work again at A.C. Spark Plug. On July 3, 1948 he married Beatrice Hattie Rivett. In 1952 during the Korean Conflict, Tom was recalled into the Marine Corps. He returned to Michigan and in 1954 daughter Jacqueline Ann was born. Tom worked at A.C. Spark Plug for 34 years retiring in 1975 and moved to Alpena on the Thunder Bay River. Tom volunteered at Jesse Besser Museum in Alpena and became an employee as a physical plant manager and enjoyed all the time he spent there. In 2009 his beloved wife Beatrice became an angel. Tom had a love of nature, strong regard for friendship, pleasure in teaching and being around younger people, continually seeking knowledge and willingness to stand up to be counted in controversial issues, impatience with lack of action either through political influence, fear or plain stupidity. Tom visited many of the jungles of man, was accepted by all men and was a stranger but once. Tom talked of many trips, jumping on trains and climbing to the top of the boxcar and watching the beautiful countryside of New York. He was a life member of VFW Post #2496 and Marine Corps League Detachment #155. Cremation has taken place but there will be military services performed by Marine Corps Detachment #155 on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm at McWilliams Funeral Home, 504 W. Washington Ave, Alpena, MI.

He leaves loving memories and precious moments with daughters Jacqueline Ann Seeley and Marilynn J. Wood, grandchildren Tom and wife Yvonne Wood, Susan and husband Roy Depottey, great-grandchildren; Taylor Ann Wood, Jason Norman and Jordan Nelson. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to one of the following charities: Old Newsboys, 6255 Taylor Drive, Flint, MI 48507, Marine Corps Detachment #155, 1335 Kennebec, Grand Blanc, MI 48439, Genesee County Humane Society, 3325 South Dort Highway, Burton, MI 48519. The family would like to thank Barbie, Christi, Courtney, Katie, Krissy, Nickole, Shelli and Tracy for all the kindness and gentleness shown to Tom. Also would like to thank Bill and Connie Adams for their friendship through the years. It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

Published in Flint Journal from January 5 to January 7, 2016

[Great-grandson of SGS #3516 – Thomas Edward; Howard E.; Joseph Edmond; Moses (#3516); Ira (#1589); John; John; Samuel; Jonas; Obadiah

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