In Memory


Although Jim Seeley was not in MHS Class of 1962, he was a well known member of MHS Class of 1961 due to his athletic prowless in baseball and basketball.  We are sad to hear of his passing.  Here are the details from his obituary published on the funeral home's website:

James “Jim” Russell Seeley, 77, Independence, Missouri went to heaven Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

Jim was the son of Daniel & Arlene Seeley.  He was preceded in death by; his brother, David Seeley, “The Moline Mad Man”.  Jim was born in Moline, Illinois on January 14, 1943.

He was lovingly married to Janice (Orf) Seeley in Denver, Colorado, May 25, 1985.  To this union, thy bounded the most beautiful family.  Five children; son’s Scott and Jeff Seeley; daughter, Terri Seeley and step sons, Todd Anderson and Shawn Anderson.

Surviving relatives include: Scott Seeley, Jeff Seeley (wife, Cheryl), Terri Seeley (husband, Gary Massuco); grandchildren; Sydney and Justin Seeley; Tyler and Trevor Seeley, Victor Anderson and his forever four legged friend, Tori.  Jim also leaves a life long, treasured friend of 50 + years and his college trainer, Mickey Cobb and sister in law, Sandy (Seeley) Copeley and Jim’s beloved nephew, Jason and niece Amy.

Jim had various careers; he coached team sports in both Illinois and Colorado.  He also worked in pest management.  Jim always made a point of turning work into fun, in that one of his great joys in life was to be a friend and mentor to all.

As family and friends, we all knew he was an avid St Louis Cardinal baseball team fan.

Due to pandemic restrictions, no services will be held.  Please keep Jim in your thoughts and prayers and never forget his very lengthy stories!!  Rest In Peace My Love – Janice

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10/28/20 07:06 PM #1    

Richard D Green (Court Now . . ) (Court, Jr)

Jim was a good friend.  Many thought he was aloof because he didn’t talk much.  However, he was very shy. If you knew Jim you would realize he was a very good person who would do anything for a friend.  Rick Court

10/30/20 11:50 AM #2    

Richard C. Anderson

Jim was a good guy.  An athlete in high school that played basketball on a pretty good 1960-1961 Moline basketball team that had a 22 win 5 loss season bookended by a season opening loss to East Rockford and a season ending loss in the Sub State Tournament to the same E-Rabs of East Rockford.  He was also an excellent baseball player known for his batting.  He was a good teammate.  In later years I worked at the Farmall Plant with Jim.  It was a career stopover for both of us.  Just a nice guy.

11/25/20 04:03 PM #3    

Jerry W Soukup

I did not know Jim Seeley well, but I wanted to express my condolences to his family.

I also wanted to express my good fortune to be part of one of Jim’s early demonstrations of his athletic ability. As a 5th grader at Ben Franklin Elementary, I tried out for the McKinley / Franklin baseball team and managed to be picked as the starting left fielder.

The season progressed and we did well going undefeated. I had the chance to see some excellent athletes i.e. Jim Marsh and Jim Simon to mention two that I can remember.

We won our league and were scheduled to play for the Moline Elementary School Baseball Championship.

We were to play Irving, who I learned from Keith Smueles (MHS Class of “61”) a neighbor here in Laramie, WY, was where Jim Seeley went to Elementary School.

The memory is slipping, but here is my remembrance. McKinley–Franklin versus Irving was a game of two legendary MHS future athletes - Jim Seeley, pitching for Irving and Curt Cook, pitching for McKinley-Franklin. I don’t remember the final score, but do remember M-F won the game. I also remember with these two (2) great pitchers dueling, it was a tense and low scoring game.

Rest in Peace - Jim

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