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Walter Duane Seeley


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Walter Duane Seeley

Walter Duane Seeley, Sr. died in his home May 26, 2015, after a long struggle with multiple physical ailments, including cancer.  However, it is the belief of his sons and close family that perhaps the major trial of his last two years was with profound sadness and loneliness that came from never being able to move past the loss of the love of his life, Alma "Cookie" Seeley.

He was born in Oak Creek, Colo., on Feb. 18, 1932, and resided there through high school.

After high school, he moved to Denver, but soon followed his parents to Green River after high school. It was there that he met Cookie, the very close friend of his sister Marilyn, and as she put it, "he fell instantly, head over heals in love with her." They were married on June 28, 1953. Soon after they moved several times with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and ended in Charleston, S.C.

When Walt was released from the service, they returned to Green River. Soon after that Walt took a job with FMC at the Westvaco soda ash plant in the laboratory, but held many positions there through 30 years before retiring in 1987.

Later in his and Cookie's lives they resided in Green River and Sun City West, Arizona.  When no longer able to make that journey they moved to Rock Springs and then Powell.

The final years of his wife Cookie's life was difficult as Alzheimer's Disease took her from him. Walt showed tremendous courage, patience, loyalty and love through that long struggle and deeply marked the lives of all family and friends that were around him.

That battle and the emotional and physical toll that it took on him never really healed and his daily focus and comfort was in the knowledge that he would soon join her.

Walter Duane Seeley, Sr. was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Selena Seeley; In-Laws, Bill and Lala Williams; his wife, Alma Jean "Cookie" Seeley; his brother and wife, Bill and Elsie Seeley; grandparents and several cousins.

He is survived by his sister and husband, Deen and Marilyn Eskridge of Salt Lake City; his two sons, Walter and wife Janet Seeley of Kemmerer; Timothy and wife Lynnae Seeley of Powell; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A funeral will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church of Green River and interment at Riverview Cemetery. A light luncheon and celebration of his life will take place at the  church after the interment.

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