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Terry Walter Seelye, 59

Terry Walter Seelye, 59, of Deer River, died Monday, April 7, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth of cancer. A celebration of his life was held Friday, April 11 at the Bena Alliance Church. The Rev. Torger Johnson officiated. Burial was in the...

Terry Walter Seelye, 59, of Deer River, died Monday, April 7, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth of cancer.

A celebration of his life was held Friday, April 11 at the Bena Alliance Church. The Rev. Torger Johnson officiated. Burial was in the Bena Cemetery. Military honors were provided by the Leech Lake Reservation Honor Guard. The Carroll Funeral Home of Deer River assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born March 26, 1949, to Earl and Clarice Seelye in Cass Lake. He spent his early years in Bena, moving with his family to Cass Lake, where he graduated from high school in 1967. He served in the U.S. Army 1969-1971, achieving the rank of sergeant. He was a highly decorated Vietnam combat soldier receiving five service medals including the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.

his return from the service, he married Peggy Coyle Aug. 6, 1972, in Cass Lake. They made their home in Dallas, Texas with their son, Dustin. He was employed with Dallas County until reoccurring military back injuries disabled him. On Dec. 1, 1989, he married Terri Moore. They had one daughter, Katelin. During his last years, his fight against cancer did not prevent him from enjoying the beautiful north woods of the Leech Lake Reservation. He especially enjoyed fishing and hunting with friends and family. He enjoyed making walking sticks and tomahawks out of all natural materials, decorated with beadwork. He was known for his good nature, kind heart, positive spirit and gentle ways.

He is survived by his wife of Texas; daughter, Katelin of Texas; son, Dustin (Donielle); two grandchildren; mother; brothers, Earl and Lenny of Deer River; sister, Sandra Sleigh of Texas; and several niece and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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