Fred E. Seeley

Fred E. Seeley, age 85, of West Ellicott, formerly of Ripley, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at WCA Hospital in Jamestown, NY unexpectedly. Mr. Seeley was born October 7, 1927 in Ripley, NY the son of the late Harley and Margaret (Calkins) Seeley. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Navy

during World War II from 1945 to 1948, having last served aboard the USS Enterprise. He was an avid dancer and shortly following his time spent in the service, he became 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 September 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. He retired in 1985. Mr. 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 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

of 55 years, Winifred A. (Delaney) Seeley; two daughters Monica (Ronald) Mazany of Ashville, N.Y., Garland (Charles) McFarland of New Castle, Ky. and

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. and 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 South State Street, Ripley, N.Y. 14775. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Mason Funeral Home, 37 Clinton Street, Westfield, N.Y. 14787. Log on to to

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