Chauncey A. Seaman Obituary

OBIT:  CHAUNCEY A. SEAMAN:  Chauncey A. Seaman was born in Linn County, Kansas on March 24, 1862.  He was the son of A. G. and Elizabeth Clingaman (Klingaman) Seaman.  He passed peacefully to rest at the Bethel Hospital in Newton, Kansas on January 6, 1948 at 10:50 a.m. reaching the age of eighty-five years, nine months and thirteen days.
He was married to Anna Shirk, September 10, 1889.  She passed away May 1, 1938.
Mr. Seaman came to Sedgwick, Kansas in August, 1887 and was in the nursery business for several years.  He sold his Nursery in 1900 and bought stock in the Sedgwick State Bank.  Here, he was president until January 1, 1940 when ill health forced him to leave the bank and retire from active life.
He was converted and joined the Methodist Church during the pastorate of the Rev. C. E. Mann.  He served on the Church Board as long as his health allowed.  He was a liberal giver to all church interests.
Mr. Seaman is survived by one sister, Mrs. Maggie Nungesser of Mountain Grove, Missouri, who, on account of her health, was unable to come to the Funeral Services.  He leaves also, a number of nieces and nephews.  One niece, Mrs. Alta Ford, of Bell, California, very tenderly cared for him over a period of two and one-half years, until he was taken to the Bethel Hospital, November 13, 1947.  There are also left to remember his kindness, many friends and neighbors.
Funeral services were conducted from the First Methodist Church of Sedgwick, Friday afternoon, January 9, 1948 at 2:00 o'clock with the pastor, Rev. M. J. Alexander in charge.  Rev. Paul Holmes and Rev. Chester A. Miles assisted.  Rev W. H. Johnson gave the closing prayer at the Committal Service.  Commital was read by Rev. F. E. Good.  Mrs. Melvin Stamm sang "Beyond the Sunset".  A quartette of: Mr and Mrs. Melvin Stamm, Mrs. Sylvia Noland and Mr. Walter Hickerson sang"  "Beautiful Garden of Prayer" and "No Night There".  Miss Ruth Wiley was the organist.
Mr. Seaman was laid to rest by the side of his late wife in the Hillside Cemetery of Sedgwick.  Bearers were:  D. M. Turner, Roy Fundenberger, Everett Harper, Hazen Stamback, Clarence Brooks and Rueben Alder.  Kaufman and Dreese were in charge of arrangements.
Methodist Ministers from out-of-town who attended the funeral of Mr. C. A. Seaman, last Friday, were: The Rev. Messrs;  F. E. Good, Marion;  Paul Holmes, Satanta;  Chester A. Miles, Homer Gleckler and S. M. Van Cleve, Wichita;  Joseph E. Coe, Newton and W. H. Johnson, Florence.
Relatives from out-of-town, who were in Sedgwick to attend the funeral of Mr. Seaman were:  Mrs. Alta Ford and Mrs. Jack Messick, Wheatland, Oklahoma;  Mrs. Emma Doughty, Barstow, California;  Mr. and Mrs. Glen Ludwick, Caney, Kansas, and Mrs. Edith Clark, Macon, Georgia.
Friend of Mr. Seam's who came here to attend the funeral last Friday were:  Messrs, Guy Hawk, Ralph Stone and C. C. Classen of Newton;  Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Good, Mr and Mrs. Carl Shirk, Mr. and Mrs. Abel Throckmorton, Mr. and Mrs. Russell White and Mrs. Will Bailey, Wichita and Mr. Grover Pruitt, Cassody.
(NOTE:  Have on file original newspaper clipping, but no newspaper name or date is shown.)  
Personal note;  The above mentioned niece of Chauncey, Alta May Ford, was my great-grandmother!  Chauncey would be my great-great granduncle.

Submitted by Deborah Austin.

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