Fred E. Seeley, age 85, of West Ellicott, formerly of Ripley, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at WCA Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y., unexpectedly.
Seeley was born Oct. 7, 1927, in Ripley, N.Y., the son of the late Harley and the late Margaret (Calkins) Seeley. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1945-48 having last served aboard the USS Enterprise. Shortly following his time spent in the service, an avid dancer, he had been a dance instructor for the Arthur Murray School of Dance in Erie and Westfield where he met and married the love of his life, Winifred A. Delaney on Sept. 28, 1957, in North East, Pa.
A resident of Ripley most all his life, Fred had been self-employed as a fruit/grape farmer and animal farmer, and had also owned the original Seeley's Liquor Store in Ripley for many years and retired in 1985.
Fred E. Seeley
Seeley was a 50-plus year member of the Loyal Order Of Moose Lodge 118 in Westfield and a former member of Summit Lodge 219.
Fred had his own airplane and had his private pilot's license, and enjoyed flying gliders. He was also a lover of animals and raised horses and actually "broke" and trained a wild Mustang at age 70. He could fix almost any tractor and enjoyed tinkering. He loved baking pies for everyone to enjoy. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, and had been a member of the Coachman's Club.
He is survived by his wife, Winifred A. (Delaney) Seeley of 55 years; two daughters: Monica (Ronald) Mazany of Ashville, N.Y., and Garland (Charles) McFarland of New Castle, Ky.; one son, Zande Seeley of Austin, Texas; granddaughter, Marisa (Jacob) Colwell of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandson, Ronson Mazany of Erie, Pa.; grandson, Jason Leonardi of Dallas, Texas; granddaughter, Susannah Leonardi of Bozeman, Mont.; grandson, Justin (Renee) Leonardi of Warren, Ohio; grandson Charles (Samantha) McFarland of Dallas, Texas; granddaughter, Tammy McFarland of Newnan, Ga.; granddaughter, Helena (Steve) Sommers of Fredericksburg, Texas; great-grandchildren: Caleb, Autumn and Samuel Schade of Bozeman, Mont., and Mason Sommers of Fredericksburg, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Lloyd Seeley; sister, Arlowene May; sister, Lucile Hubbard; and sister, Laura Mae Seeley.
A private memorial will be held by the family at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made on Fred's behalf to the Ripley Hose Co., 11 S. State St., Ripley, NY 14775.
Arrangements have been entrusted with the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, NY 14787.
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