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Jerry Seeman 1936 - 2013
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July 21, 2014
Good After Jerry this is Amar Smith guess what you and Sid Semon are finally together again forever in heaven so now you are finally reunited with each other RIP Jerry and Sid
January 06, 2014
He was an amazing man and a terrific calculus teacher in La Crosse, Wis. Will never forget him. Central High School Class of '64. Patricia Hansen El Cajon, Ca.
December 16, 2013
Dear Marilyn and Family,
We just learned of Jerry's death and are deeply sadded by the news. We shared many good times golfing at Sunrise Country Club. He gave us some good pointers in the sport. Our deepest sympathy to you.
December 08, 2013
Simply the best BEST Football and Basketball Official I ever saw at any level.
December 05, 2013
I have many wonderful memories of "Mr. Seeman", our trig/calculus teacher in my senior year at Fridley High. My brother Bob (class of 1968) and I got a kick out of telling friends that "the ref you see on tv was my high school teacher/coach." We would drag out the yearbooks to make them believers. I was so sorry to read about his passing, and want to extend my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Janice (Kelsey) Knauss, Class of 1970
December 04, 2013
Sorry for your loss Marilyn (Mike, Jon, Jeff and extended family).
I interviewed Jerry for Q&A when he was director of NFL officials while I attended Winona State University in the early '90s. Class guy all the way! I can still see him in hallways at Fridley High School prior to and post NFL games he officiated. He always had his trademark smile.
December 04, 2013
"Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?", quoted from It's a Wonderful Life. It is so obvious that Mr. Seeman did just that. I am sure you are proud of what a wonderful man he was and of how many lives he touched. I am so sorry for your loss.
Fridley High School, Class of '71
December 03, 2013
Dear Jeff and Seeman Family,
I am sorry for your loss of a wonderful fellow. Having spent many days officiating with Jerry in the "old days", I always felt that I learned something to take to my next game. He was a gentleman first and last and many of us know that we are better for having known him. My sympathies and kind thoughts for you. Be well.
December 03, 2013
So sorry Marilyn,
for the loss of your Husband -- and Mike, Jon, and Jeff for the loss of your sport-loving father. It is sad to losse another special one from our closely knit neighborhood in Fridley, The Eckland house was just above the Seeman house that was painted a sparkling while with a white picket fence; its yard was usually filled with boys throwing a ball of some sort on a mostly worn sodded lawn.I think of that lawn now and wonder if it misses a loving father with his three sporty sons playing on that worn grass.
December 03, 2013
Knew your Dad mostly through you Jeff. Met him at your wedding...seemed to have a great spirit for living life to the fullest. Always a big smile on his face. Our prayers go out to him and your entire family.
December 02, 2013
Mike, Jon & Jeff - I'm so sorry to hear the news about your dad. My remembrances of horsing around with you guys and the rest of the neighborhood gang in our backyards (which of course were adjacent to one another) are vibrant and will endure. And whether playing baseball or with rabbits out back or racing through the pathway to Moore Lake or watching the ball drop in Times Square on your basement TV, your dad was attentive, measured and impartial. My brothers Jeff and Kevin and my mom are thinking of you guys and your mom with lots of love. Todd Eckland
December 02, 2013
Dear Marilyn, Mike, Jon and Jeff--
I am so saddened by the news of Jerry's passing. My deepest sympathies to you all during this time of loss. May it bring you comfort to know how many lives Jerry touched, always positively, as a teacher, coach, administrator or referee. Little did we know, we were interacting with greatness on Earth..
December 02, 2013
As a neighbor,I recall Jerry's choice of Grasshoppers for a party drink. Ever the careful drinker, he said the ice cream ingredient removed any alcohol from the drink. Doesn't that sound just like him? He was a fine person and leaves many of us with a host of memories. Remember this quote from the German philosopher,Goethe, who said those who live in the Lord never see each other for the last time. - JoAnn Rice, Golden Valley, and kids Michael and Kim.
December 02, 2013
Marilyn, Mike, Jon and Jeff, My heart goes out to all of you during this time of loss. Your dad had a big impact on a great number of people. You all should be very proud of Jerry. I still remember him running the halls and practicing his calls in the gym.
December 02, 2013
Marilyn,
So sorry for your loss. I have never met anyone with as strong of a handshake as Jerry. I remember as a kid watching him ref NFL games and being so proud that he was from Minnesota. Little did I know one day I would serve as his pastor. He will be greatly missed by many. Blessings to you and your family this week.
Pastor Ryan Brodin
December 02, 2013
We met Jerry and his wife up north at Jon and Cathy's cabin. A wonderful person that everyone enjoyed. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.
December 02, 2013
Mike and Jan,
The loss of a Father and friend is never easy even though you knew the time was near. May the Lord comfort and sustain you in your days ahead.
December 01, 2013
Marilyn,
So sorry to hear about Jerry. Know that I am thinking of you and your family.
Joanne (Bishop) Stadnik
December 01, 2013
Dear Seeman Family - I am so sorry about the passing of Jerry. I worked with Jerry for years at the Vikings. I was the Press Box Coordinator and the two of us spent time together every game that he was on site. He was the most caring, considerate, and compassionate person! We will all truly miss him, but heaven gained another angel to watch over us.
December 01, 2013
To Marilyn,Mike, Jon, Jeff,
I'm very sorry for your loss. I've got a lot of great memories from the old neighborhood. We had so many great families back then. I can't think of any of the kids we grew up with that haven't been successful. Jerry was someone I truly respected. Principled, strict and driven. My dad ran into Jerry a couple years ago and caught up on our respective families and what we were all up to...they had a great time reminiscing. You all are in my prayers.
December 01, 2013
I am sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know Mr. Seeman personally but I worked with his son Mike. My prayers to the family in this time of loss.
December 01, 2013
Jerry was a good man and always a great golf partner.. Rest in peace
M. Ojile
December 01, 2013
I met Jerry and several of his wonderful family when he and my Dad were both down at the Mayo having kidney surgery. We have had you in our thoughts and prayers for years. Jerry was a wonderful loving person. I am so sorry for your loss.
December 01, 2013
Dear Marilyn and Family:

My deepest sympathy to you! May his precious memories sustain you now and the days that lay ahead! Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!
December 01, 2013
Dear Marilyn - I met your darling great-grand twins last week in the Parent/Child Center I staff at the Fridley Community Center. One of our ECSE teachers is best friends with Jan and she has talked about these darling little girls so often, and last week she brought them to our Center. We didn't know at that time that I knew your family. You can only imagine my surprise that we realized I used to babysit for her husband! I remember many nights at your home with the boys! And there are fond memories of picking you up in our car pool for classes at the U of M when you went back to school....we always called you "the lady." It is with great sadness that I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Jerry was a much respected teacher and coach at Fridley High School. I am thinking of all of you at the difficult time.
December 01, 2013
You Will Surely be Miss May God Grant Ref Seeman Family and Friends Comfort During This Time of Sorrow. Psalms 68:20
December 01, 2013
Mike & Jan, Sorry to hear of the loss of your father.
December 01, 2013
Jerry was a great mentor for me as an official. He also allowed me to interview him for a paper I wrote in college. My prayers are with his family. Rod Bernhard Janesville, MN.
November 30, 2013
As a student at Fridley High in the mid 60's, I witnessed a teacher and a coach who could take a mediocre situation, and bring it to a higher level. He did it in the classroom, on the basketball court and on the NFL gridiron. His example lives in the memories of all who knew him. May God comfort his wife and family...rest in peace Mr. Seeman.
Rick Pratt, FHS '67
November 30, 2013
As an avid football fan, you've heard his name, may he rest in peace.
November 30, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. Taught with Jerry for many years. He will be missed.
November 30, 2013
Remembering you as our coach at Fridley & our neighbor. I remember sharing stories at OUR kids traveling games. As a teacher I shared my knowledge of sports with my students. To a special person & coach. Prayers to the family.
November 30, 2013
Our family's prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you always remember the great times you shared and may those memories lift you up. May God watch over your family and guide you every step of the way.
November 30, 2013
Jon and the entire Seeman family...so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The TFCU family is thinking of you
November 30, 2013
We did not know Jerry personally, but he was one of our favorite officials! God Bless.
November 30, 2013
Dear Marilyn, may God give you the strength to face the future without your husband... I have walked your road and it is difficult but with God's help you will endure the hard days ahead. Love, Jenny Riley
November 29, 2013
My sincere sympathy to your entire family----I recently saw Jerry at the MSHSL Hall of Fame Banquet in May and a long time ago at the Ballys in Fridley. He treated everybody with class and respect. May you rest in peace. Kevin Timm- Sports Official and Clock Operator.
November 29, 2013
Dear Seeman family..your father was my boss at Fridley School District 1969-1971..I am so sorry for you loss..
November 29, 2013
My condolences to Marilyn and the family.
I knew Jerry as a school administrator in the Fridley School District. I was privileged to serve as a school board member for 9 years during the 1970's. Jerry was always prepared, thoughtful, hard working, friendly and had that smile that so many have commented on.
I also had the opportunity to help arrange for Jerry to receive the Communication and Leadership award given yearly to an outstanding member of the larger community in Minnesota. Jerry Seeman was truly an outstanding communicator and leader in every facet of his life.
There are not enough kudos to describe Jerry Seeman. He truly made the world a better place by his life. A lot has been said about his skills as a teacher and coach but not enough about his skills as Athletic Director and business administrator in the school system.
I pray that many of the other administrators, staff members, board members and students of the Fridley School system are aware of his passing. It was ironic that I only heard of it when watching the Packers/Lions game on TV.
May his memory continue to serve as a role model for many, for many years.
November 29, 2013
Mike, we are saddened to hear about the passing of your father. You have been a close friend and fishing companion for 30 years. Our thoughts are about you and your family in this time of loss. GOD BLESS

Gary and Dianne Barrett
November 29, 2013
As a Die hard football Fan I loved watching the Game Jerry Officiated. He was fair and a true Class act. May God Bless him and take him under his wings.
November 28, 2013
Went to Fridley Senior High from 77-80 and always thought it so cool we had an NFL ref that was associated with FHS. Prayers to the family.
November 28, 2013
Jerry and I have been friends for over 45 years. He was professional as a High School teach, a sports ref. a TIES coordinator and an NFL official. His honesty and concern for others was always clear.
My condolences go out to the entire family.
November 28, 2013
My sincere condolences to Jon, Cathy, and the rest of the Seeman family.
November 28, 2013
Jerry was my Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry and Solid Geometry teacher at Whitehall, WI. I was saddened to see, on the Packer game today, that he passed away. I'm 70 years old so that was a long time ago. However, I knew right away it was him. I still recognized his smile after all these years. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Rolf Garthus
Amherst, WI
November 28, 2013
May God provide comfort and strength to cope with sorrow to his family. Malachi3:16
November 28, 2013
As inventor of the modern football kicking tee, I had a number of opportunities to interact with Mr. Seeman in his role as NFL Supervisor of Officials. In that role, he was responsible to present new equipment to the owners for approval for use in NFL games. He was consistently kind, gracious. knowledgeable and professional. Our interactions resulted in my development of the GROUND ZERO 1 tee which has been used in every NFL game the past 15 seasons. My condolences to the Seeman family.
November 28, 2013
Our sincere condolences to you, Marilyn, and your sons. We remember being neighbors and fellow church members of 40 years ago! All of us were proud to see Jerry on NFL nights.
November 28, 2013
Rip Jerry. You were truly a credit to the game
November 28, 2013
Jeff, So sorry to hear of your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.
Laura Bernstein
November 27, 2013
Marilyn and Family,
We were so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. He fought a valiant fight and with dignity as he did in all phases of his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless!
November 27, 2013
Marilyn and family:
I am so sorry to learn of Jerry's passing. He was a great educator, NFL Ref, and a wise and dedicated man who was an inspiration to many people. My late husband, Duane Guse, shared many fond memories of Jerry with me as his math teacher and coach at Whitehall High School in the early 60's. Your dear husband and father will always be as close as a memory and the God of all comfort as close as a prayer. With sympathy, Alice Guse, Ham Lake, MN
November 27, 2013
A wonderful/dedicated individual/official.
November 27, 2013
Jerry and I were football and basketball teammates at Plainview High School and later competed against each other in college. Jerry was a great athlete, coach, teacher and referee. His life inspired many people. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

Dr Gerald D Cavanaugh
November 27, 2013
We were fellow math majors at Winona State. He was an excellent student and a fine multisport athlete - a great role model for young boys who need to understand that learning and sports are compatible and you can excel at both. Also, it was a joy to watch his professionalism as an NFL referee.
Bob Brown
November 27, 2013
I had only met Jerry a couple of times, and I was pretty young at the time. But he was larger than life when I met him. His father was my grandfathers roommate at the MN Masonic Home. I still remember Jerry talking about working in the NFL and I thought that was the coolest. I still have his autograph on a piece of paper. Prayers to everyone who knew Jerry, and to his entire family.
November 27, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the family of Jerry Seeman. Jerry was my algebra teacher in Whitehall, WI in the 60's. His presence as our successful basketball coach and teacher are now and always will be a positive part of my past.
November 27, 2013
I'm sorry for your loss. Jerry was an inspiring Math Teacher and Basketball coach at Fridley High School. He refd many of the NFL games my younger brother, Jon, played in. He will be greatly missed.

Dan Melander, Fridley '70
November 27, 2013
Dear Seeman family,
Jerry was not only a top educator, NFL ref, and all those other things but he was a man of God and God has welcomed him with open arms. Jerry inspired many and his greatest gift was "Jerry" because we all have benefited from this wise and wonderful man and ALL that he shared with us during his wonderful life here on earth. Prayers with you and God Bless.
November 27, 2013
My condolences to Jerry's family. I had Jerry for math all three years of high school in La Crosse. The best teach I ever had! A positive influence on so many lives. Many years ago, after not having seen Jerry for probably 25 years, I heard a voice on the TV in the background and it was Jerry calling an NFL game. You never forgot that voice. Rest in peace Jerry.
November 27, 2013
Though I didn't Jerry it was great and he was great man to seeing him on the gridiron following his passion.
November 27, 2013
Mr Seeman (Jerry) Inspired me as a kid and was a huge part in my accomplishments throughout my life.
Always in my thoughts and prayers,
With all my Love,
Dave and the Eberhardt Family
November 27, 2013
God bless you and your loved ones ~ Rest in peace.
November 27, 2013
rest in peace jerry
November 26, 2013
My condolences to the Jerry Seeman family and have you in my thoughts and prayers. Marc Peterson, Fridley 79
November 26, 2013
I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
November 26, 2013
We're so sorry to hear about Jerry's homecoming Our sympathies to his family
November 26, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the family of Coach Seeman. He was my math and homeroom teacher at Central HS, LaCrosse, WI.
I remember his enthusiasm and kindness while trying to get us excited about math club......giving encouragement to the girls to have confidence and not to defer to the boys.
He was a very special teacher and warmly remembered .
Paulette Gunderson class of 1962
November 26, 2013
So sorry for your loss.
November 26, 2013
SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MAY YOU BE COMFORTED BY PSALM 94:19
November 26, 2013
My sincere condolences to you Jeff and your family.
November 26, 2013
Jeff,
Very sorry of the passing of your DAD. If he's anything like you are he was a wonderful gentleman. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Rick Milazzo
Elmira,New York
November 26, 2013
My sincere condolences to the family. Romans 3:23
November 26, 2013
I was privileged to play golf with Jerry on more than one occasion; at Medina/Rolling Green and as his guest at TPC. He was nuts about his golf and was a really tough competitor. Most importantly, he was a fine gentleman. May the family be blessed with fond memories.
November 26, 2013
My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Jerry Seeman. Jeff, your and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kelly Dahl
November 26, 2013
Dear Marilyn - We are very saddened to hear about Jerry's passing. We were privileged to have known him, even though for a rather short time. Obviously in reading his obit, he was highly regarded by the NFL and as a teacher. He fought an unbelievable fight. May he rest in peace. Pete and Donna Najarian
November 26, 2013
A great math teacher and family man, I enjoyed spending evenings with his children in the 60's
November 26, 2013
Mr. Seeman was in inspirational mathematics teacher, energizing the quest for knowledge by all who studied under him. His smile was an added bonus in getting a problem or proof correct. His legacy is long and wide. A gifted teacher his entire life. Thanks for sharing him with us.
November 26, 2013
To the Seeman Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. In the near future God will bring an complete end to sickness and death.
November 26, 2013
We would like to offer our deep sympathy and condolences to the family, friends and fans of Jerry Seeman.

He was a TOP National Football League (NFL) official.

Rest In Peace (RIP) !!!
November 26, 2013
My best memories of Jerry was not as a referee (although all of us from Fridley who were very proud of him for that) but as a great teacher, the usher at St. Phillip's with the biggest smile and as a father of sons who were quality people just like him. My deepest sympathy to the Seeman family.
November 26, 2013
I am one of many people from La Crosse (WI) Central who benefited from Mr. Seeman. He was an excellent teacher, coach, and counselor. I always got excited when in later years I saw hin working an NFL game. Sympathies to the family of this great man.
November 26, 2013
He was simply one of the best. I was
honored to have him as my high school
basketball coach before he became a
NFL official. May you rest in peace.
November 26, 2013
I remember him from forever!! God bless
November 26, 2013
I grew up watching the NFL with my dad and Mr. Seeman was our favorite. My dad liked him because he was fair and balanced. I liked him because he always seemed so happy, like he loved what he was doing. I was probably 7 or 8 when I nicknamed him "Smiley Ref" and that name stuck for my dad and I over the years. My dad passed away from cancer two years ago. Perhaps he will get his chance to meet Smiley Ref in person. Prayers for the family; I know your grief.
November 26, 2013
Thank you for sharing a part of your life us.
November 26, 2013
He will always be remembered as one of the best - and personally most respected - officials in all of professional sports. Prayers are with his family.
November 26, 2013
A classy gentleman who made NFL officiating better by just being on the field. A great loss. RIP.
November 26, 2013
so sorry to hear about this man he was great but now he will be missed but he with god now
November 26, 2013
I always thought very highly of him as a referee!
November 26, 2013
Condolences to family and friends. One of the great refs of the game. His officiating was always balanced - he brought confidence and class to the game. A great legacy and role model for "zebras" and fans.
November 26, 2013
I recognized this photo and remember seeing him on TV. He was the BEST, and the NFL lost a lot of integrity when he retired from officiating. Jerry was absolutely on top of every game he worked. My sincerest condolences to the Seeman Family.
November 26, 2013
very saddened to hear of the passing of one of the best officials in the NFL. Jerry handled the games with great class and dignity. the officials today should learn from Jerry's memory so they can be just as good as he was. now he is officiating with all of the great players who have passed. may our loving savior give peace and comfort to Jerry's family at this time of sorrow. Rest in peace jerry, you were the gold standard of NFL officials
November 26, 2013
Mr.Seeman was a credit to the NFL.May comfort from God be with the family during this time of grief.
November 25, 2013
The family and friends have my deepest sympathy for their loss. May you rely upon the God who can give comfort to all asking. May Mr. Seeman sleep in peace.
November 25, 2013
Hello Jerry this is Amar Smith after I took a nap this afternoon then I turned to ESPN and I found out you passed away I felt so sorry for you and your son Jeff is a Line Judge and the rest of your family you were an official and I will tell you we need more sports officials like you because you did the job with class dignity in the early 1990's I got you autograph picture from Dale Williams which he was at that time in 1994 working as a head linesman and I never forget that Dale told you about Amar Smith myself that during the 1994 off season he met me before the NFL'S 75TH Season began and I want to say thanks for bringing me into The National Football League and you will be missed because you are one of the True Giants in this business you help improve officiating a lot better than ever before you will be missed RIP Jerry and I will see you in heaven
Love Amar
November 25, 2013
We'll miss you !
November 25, 2013
Mike,
Sorry about your Dads passing. Gert and I will keep him in our prayers. He accomplished a lot , most important, he raised very good children. I hope you and your family are well. The Hormel days in Milwaukee were fun.
Bill Ryan
Waukesha, WI
November 25, 2013
What a loss. My condolences to the family. He was such a professional and he knew his business. We need more officials like him today.
November 25, 2013
Coach Seeman was my math teacher and Varsity Basketball Coach for the 1960-61 Dairyland Conference Champion Whitehall Norsemen. He was an inspiration to me personally as I went off to college to study and play basketball. He has been in my thoughts for the past 53 years and I will never forget the many good times we spent together. A great teacher and coach, but more importantly, a great man!
November 25, 2013
My husband and I meet Jerry at the u.s. swim fitness twenty plus years ago. We enjoyed his talks in the hot tub. prayers to the whole Seeman family.
November 25, 2013
November 25, 2013
My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Jerry Seeman. May you draw close to the hearer of Prayer during this difficult time.-Psalm 65:2.
November 25, 2013
Great referee loved is voice on the calls could tell he really loved getting things right . A credit to the NFL . R.I.P. Jerry
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