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Richard "Dick" Harlan Seeley

October 25, 1953 - December 15, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Richard "Dick" Harlan Seeley

Richard "Dick" Harlan Seeley

Born: October 25, 1953
Died: December 15, 2020
Age: 67

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Dick, the son of Harlan and Beth Seeley, was born on October 25, 1953 in DeSmet, South Dakota. He grew up in South Dakota and attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, to become a civil engineer. He met Dawn DeVries at SDSU, and the two were married on August 25, 1979. They lived in Brookings until 1982, when they moved to Florida, where their first child, Michelle, was born. In 1989, the family moved to Spencer, Iowa, where Michael and Laura were born and the family made their home. He spent 35 years loving and devoting his life to Dawn, before she passed away in 2014.  

Dick was an airline pilot, flying for Great Lakes Airlines in Spencer, and then for 22 years at United Airlines. He flew the world over, from Alaska to Venezuela, opening the world of travel to his family, who flew along on vacations. He retired as a Captain in 2018. He loved spending time with his family (at horse shows, plays, and soccer games), aviation, watching James Bond movies, and hunting pheasants. His joy, spread through Looney Tunes impressions and corny jokes (“Knock, Knock.” Who’s there? “Dwain.” Dwain who? “Dwain the bathtub, I’m dwownding!”) and kind gestures touched uncountable lives.  

Dick was an active member of Hope Reformed Church in Spencer, IA and showed Christ’s love in word and deed. To honor Dick’s joy in Christ, please make someone smile with a kind deed or joke in memory of him. 

Dick is survived by his children Michelle and Dustin Reynolds of Ruthven, IA, Michael and Mandy Seeley of Oak Harbor, WA, and Laura and Mitchell Wiemers of Ruthven, IA; grandchildren: Brooklynn Reynolds and Brayden Reynolds; Dawn’s parents, Edgar and Phyllis DeVries of Sheldon, IA; sister, Janet and Mike Dahlen of Iowa City, IA; sister, Judy and Gary Lee of Omaha, NE; and many other relatives and friends.  

PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICES will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday, December 19, 2020 at the Hope Reformed Church in Spencer.

The services will be livestreamed for the public to view on the Hope Reformed Church website at:

Pastor Jay Van Gelder
Byron Carter
Craig Dahlen
Mike Dahlen
Jeff DeVries
Gary Lee
Dennis Smith

Honorary Bearers
Keith Dahlen
Edgar DeVries
Frank Wevers
PUBLIC VISITATION will be held from Noon to 1:00 P.M., Saturday without the family present at the Hope Reformed Church in Spencer.

The Livestream of the services will also be available on the church website and Warner Funeral Home Website after the services.

The family and church request that masks be worn at all times and social distancing be practiced at the visitation.
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Ray Meyer
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:10 AM
“Captain Seeley, I met him in 1993 as his First Officer at GLA. As a young pilot you study the Captain’s you fly with and try to pick out the qualities to emulate when you become the seasoned pilot. Dick checked all the boxes, not just as a Captain, but as a person you want to be! I could write a list of those qualities, but as his family, you already know. I was lucky to have followed in his footsteps to United Airlines. Dick always brightened my day and we would catch up on life in our passing. Dick was proud of all of you and loved Dawn as much as a husband could! I consider myself and family fortunate for having known him!
Godspeed Captain Seeley ”
- Bill Gillen
Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 8:03 AM
“Your father was a mentor for me as I was beginning my airline career at Great Lakes. He leaves you with a wonderful reputation, which is one of the highest honors one has. Dick was always warm, kind, helpful and an exceptionally skilled aviator and Captain.
I’m so sorry he didn’t have more time to spend with you in his retirement years.
Please know he continues to live through the love and values he shared with you. Those memories will always be with you.
Peace in Christ. ”
- Reid Peterson
Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:04 AM
“I was lucky enough to work with Dick for most of my career. First at Great Lakes, then at United Airlines. Dick was a wonderful man, and a great mentor. No matter how hectic your day was, things just changed when you ran into Dick. Such a calm and measured man. Always had a sparkle in his eye and that grin....he just made everyone around him slow down and smile. Guys like Dick have always made flying safer. He will be greatly missed!”
- Michael Manning
Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:04 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of the lost of our family head. I flew for UPS for 35 years and probably shared the sky with Dick many times. Pilots are a different breed. Our lives were ruled by checklists and procedures. I’m very sorry he didn’t have more time to spin down. I spent 28 months of my life awake in the air. He probably did the same. Sometimes we seemed distant. Be assured he loved his family and friends. All I can figure is that the stress takes a toll. The average airline pilot lives 28 months after retirement. Very few of us would trade the life for a longer retirement. I’m sorry for your loss. I didn’t know him but wish I had”
- Keith Larson
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 3:12 PM
“My thoughts and prayer go out to Dick’s family. I flew with Dick at Great Lakes. Always had a smile and a joke along with Daffy Duck impressions. I flew with Dick the morning after Quincy accident. We were both distraught thinking about the loss of the crew members and passengers the previous day. Before we went out to the airplane I remember him looking at me and saying, “John, we have to be very careful today”. With the range of emotions we were going through, it was important to focus on the job at hand. I’m glad I was flying with Dick that day. I remembered that advice the day I heard of his passing and had to go out and fly. His words live on. I wish you tailwinds as you fly west, my friend. ”
- John Kuivanen
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:05 PM
“I am so sorry about Dick's passing. Dick and I were in the same class in school, from 2nd grade all the way through graduation. He was always one of the nicest guys! I know he will be really missed. Thoughts and prayers for all of you. ”
- Rebecca Johnson Deppen
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:05 PM
“Dick will be remembered with great fondness by all of us who were together at Baymeadows Community Church in Jacksonville Florida. Dick and Dawn played a big role in the life of our church. Dick was an Elder and Dawn played a vital role in the music ministry. Of course Dick was famous for his humor and had a repertoire of jokes that seemed endless. We have so many memories of fun times together that I wish we could share with you. One of the special facets of our friendship was our yearly visits with Dawn when she came down to see her sister Debbie. Our thoughts and prayers are with their children.”
- Doug and Edie Robertson
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:04 PM
“Michelle, Dustin, Laura and Mitch, and Michael and Mandy, we are so sorry for your loss. Sometimes the pain in this life is almost too much to bear. We are praying that you will all hold on to Him, the Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace. Psalms 62:8 says, "Trust in Him at all times, pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge." We love you all!”
- Bryan and Becky Christoffer
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 8:33 AM
“Sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I was his lp
Sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I was his LP gas man since they built the house. He was truly a great guy and a pleasure to talk to when I would catch him at home. May God be with you through these difficult times.
- Steve&Barb Meyer
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 8:33 AM
“Dick was a classmate of mine from De Smet, SD in 1971. I have not seen him for several years, however, was at our 25th reunion I had such a nice visit with him and he brought up how shy he was and how he walked me to a show uptown from my Aunt Phyllis’s. He was shy and had a great sense of humor. My deepest sympathy on your loss. May God comfort you and the great memories be held in your heart.”
- Roberta Johnson Gjesdal
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 2:41 PM
“Our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. I know he has reunited with his bride and they are looking down with great pride at the family the created and the accomplishments you have all achieved so far. I will never forget my plane in Chicago and getting to sit next to him and catching up on the past 10 years. Hearing him talk about his kids/grandkids and what they had all been up to.... SO much pride! If you guys ever find yourselves visiting Branson, MO be sure to look us up! Take care, The Branson's”
- Greg Branson
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7:44 AM
“I was a classmate of Dick’s in DeSmet. I have not seen him in many years but I remember quite well his wonderful humor. May he Rest In Peace.”
- Jan Purrington Knorr
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7:44 AM
“I flew with Dick before and after the loss of his wife. Humble, yet confident, Dick was always a gentleman. He truly lived his faith and reflected Christ’s love for us all. God’s peace to all. ”
- Mark Boswell
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7:44 AM
“I am sorry for your loss. I flew with Dick several times at United and he was a pleasure to work with both professionally and personally. ”
- Chris Rees
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7:44 AM
“Safe travels fellow laker!”
- Brian Bright
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7:44 AM
“I’m so sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. I flew as his First Officer at Great Lakes in the mid 90’s. He once had me laughing breathlessly with his impression of a drunk guy. I’ll never forget it. I also remember the pain on his face years later when he told me about his wife’s passing. Dick always had some words of wisdom, which went right over my head then at the age of 23. But they sure resonate now. Rest In Peace Captain Seeley. ”
- Lance Hubacher
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 3:02 PM
“Our heartfelt sympathies to the Seeley family, God bless you during this difficult time. Your dad was such a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. ”
- kenny and julie sandvig
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 1:49 PM
“I was so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I first met Dick in the early 1990's when I was a passenger on several of his Great Lakes Aviation flights. As a United Airlines pilot, I was impressed with his airmanship, sound decision making, and excellent customer service. I urged him to apply to United and wrote a letter of recommendation on his behalf. After he was hired, we both flew the Airbus A-320. I requested and was honored to have Dick be the First Officer (Co-Pilot) on my last flight when I retired. Dick was a true gentleman with a strong faith who will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.”
- Tom Roskens
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 8:21 AM
“Dear Michelle, Michael, and Laura, Our hearts have been tugged as you give your earthly farewells to your dear dad. He set such a tremendous example for how to properly love others by the way he was as a husband to your mother, a father and grandfather to you and your children, and a friend to all he came across in his travels and in his life. We are all better for having known your father. It is obvious to us all how very proud he was of each of you! Please know that so many are surrounding you with prayers and love!”
- Wayne and Diana Koppen
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 8:37 PM
“Dear Michelle, Dustin, Brooklynn, Brayden, Michael, Mandy, Laura and Mitchell,
My heart breaks for you and all your family members. It is surreal to me that Dick is gone. I am so sorry that I wasn't able to come listen to a good joke or pray with him. I am also so sorry that we will not be able to come mourn with you in person on Saturday. You probably know that as you mourn the loss of a wonderful father, we are rejoicing in the birth of our twin granddaughters and are quarantining so that we can spend Christmas together. I will be thinking of you on Saturday as you remember your kind and gentle father. I know you will pay him a wonderful tribute. But even as we mourn your loss, I am rejoicing that your dad is rejoicing in heaven with your mom. Imagining their reunion is the only thing that brings a smile to my face. They are both such incredible people. I feel privileged to have known them and gotten to spend time with them. I cherish those memories. I know you will cherish so many fond memories of him. May those memories sustain you through the coming days and then years, but mostly may the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, be your strength and support, comfort and reassurance that you are not alone and that someday you will all be reunited in His Love. It is in His love that I write and send love, hugs and share tears! Carla van Holsteijn”
- Carla van Holsteijn
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 8:37 PM
“Seeley Family, It's so very hard to lose such a good man as your father. We know God's plan and timing is perfect, so we ask His grace and peace to help us rest in that place. Hugs and prayers. - Tim and Susan Christensen”
- Susan & Tim Christensen
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