Gordon George Seeman, 88, went to be with the Lord on March 4, 2010. Gordon was born March 1, 1922, in Alvadore, Ore., to Frieda Bach Seeman and Ludwig Hennig Seeman.
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The family moved to Montana in 1924, living briefly in Laurel and Manhattan before purchasing a ranch in the Madison Valley about 12 miles south of Logan. Gordon attended the Lower Madison Elementary School and Manhattan High School, leaving in 1941 before graduation to work in Oregon in a timber mill with his older brother, Fred.
In 1944, Gordon joined the Navy to serve in the war. During boot camp, he contracted rheumatic fever and spent several months in the hospital recuperating. After his discharge from the Navy in 1945, he returned to logging in Oregon before returning to Montana in 1948.
Gordon married Joyce Maxine South on Dec. 16, 1951, in Bozeman. He worked construction jobs for several years, traveling around the country. In 1953, they welcomed a daughter, Debra and in 1955, they celebrated the birth of a son, Gordon Mark.
Gordon began working for Kamp Implement in 1956 and retired after 44 years. He worked as a mechanic in the shop, and after the farm was purchased he worked as farm manager.
After retirement, Gordon and Joyce traveled frequently, enjoying several anniversary trips to Hawaii with the family, as well as trips to Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and many places in the U.S. Gordon enjoyed being outdoors and working with his hands. He was an excellent and creative woodworker, a dedicated gardener, and a truthful and successful fisherman. He was known for his quick and dry sense of humor. Making his friends and family chuckle was his favorite pastime.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Fred; and sisters, Ann Brainard, Myrtle Clinton and Eileen Jones; as well as his daughter, Debra Platisha.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Joyce; his son, Mark; grandchildren, Julie (Cory) Swanson, Andrew (Cassidy) Seeman, Matt Platisha, Jared Ulmen, Derek Ulmen; and great-grandchildren, Caleb and Claire Swanson.
Services were held in Manhattan.
Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 301 Edelweiss Drive, Bozeman, MT 59718.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Mar. 9 to Mar. 11, 2010