George Gilbert Sealey, 78, was born Oct. 31, 1933, and died on July 1, 2012.
Youngest of four children, Harold, John, Olive and George, he was born to Fred E. and Caroline Demann Sealey at the family farm near Meckling.
George attended Meckling School until the family moved to Vermillion in 1945. While attending Vermillion High School, George and a friend of his, Clois Smith, were top trumpet players in the school band. He also carried the Yankton Press & Dakotan newspaper for several years.
After high school George attended the University of South Dakota, studying applied science for two years.
After college he worked for the Postal Service as a postal clerk. He entered the Army and served his term of service in Korea. Later he moved with his parents to a farm near Gayville. While on a trip to Sioux City, IA, he was involved in a car accident which injured his hip, which bothered him for the rest of his life. He farmed with his dad until the early '70s, after which they moved back to Vermillion. George was also a 60-year member of the Vermillion Odd Fellow Lodge #3.
His health failing, he entered the V.A. hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. And in September of 1999 he entered the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Nursing Home in Hot Springs, where he resided until his death.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 9, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Kober Funeral Home in Vermillion, with Pastor Shelley Aakre officiating. Odd Fellows Lodge #3 will perform a service following the memorial service. Following the memorial a luncheon will be held at the Odd Fellows Lodge in Vermillion. Burial will take place at 1 p.m. in the Meckling Cemetery, rural Meckling, with military honors provided by Vermillion V.F.W. Post 3061.
George is survived by his brother, John (Agnes) Sealey; his sister-in-law, Henrietta Sealey; his aunt, Goldie Sealey; his step-sister, Elenore Bobier; his nieces and nephews, James Sealey, Carol Regall, Susan Sealey, Ruth Richland, Michael Sealey, Jane Slattery, and Alice Sealey; as well as a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Caroline (Demann) Sealey; his brother, Harold Sealey; his baby sister, Olive Sealey; his niece, Nancy Sealey Huot; his nephew, John "Joe " Sealey; and his great-grand nephew, Mathew Sealey.
Services have been entrusted to Kober Funeral Home of Vermillion.
Condolences may be posted online at www.koberfuneralhome.com.
May he rest in peace.