Delwin Seeba

  • "Rest In Peace"
    - Liz
  • "Del is gone but will never be forgotten. I think about him..."
    - Keith Phelps
  • "You will be truly missed! You took me and my Daughter under..."
    - Robyn McDaniel
  • "I know that Del will forever remain in the hearts and..."
    - Ken Stegman
  • "We just recently heard about Dr. Seeba's passing and we are..."

Anchorage veterinarian Delwin "Del" Leroy Seeba, 60, died Oct. 24, 2010 in Anchorage after a courageous five-month battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Grace Lutheran Church in Cook, Neb. A second memorial service will be held in Newport, R.I., at a later date.

Anchorage family and friends are welcome to attend a celebration of life for Del from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at O'Malley's On the Green, 3651 O'Malley Road in Anchorage.

Del was born Oct. 2, 1949, in Cook, Neb., and graduated valedictorian from Cook High School in 1967. He attended the University of Nebraska and completed his veterinary degree at Colorado State University in 1973. Del interned at the American Medical Center in New York City. He began his 37-year career in emergency veterinarian services in Vista, Calif., where he met his future wife, Phyllis Krupa, as she brought her puppy in for emergency treatment after being hit by a car. Del saved the dog's life and won Phyllis's heart. Del and Phyllis were married for 32 years. In 1979, he opened his own practice, the Tri City Clinic, in Vista, Calif.

In 1987, Del and Phyllis moved to Alaska after becoming enamored with the state's natural beauty, rugged sense of adventure and overall quality of life. Del worked evenings at the Pet Emergency Clinic in Anchorage for more than 13 years before he opened the Diamond Animal Hospital and Emergency Services. His passion for veterinarian medicine was felt throughout the Anchorage community. Del was a mentor and a teacher in every aspect of his life; he recently retired to spend more time with his family and to travel.

Del's passion for nature was reflected in his his wildlife photography. He enjoyed outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, snow machining, scuba diving and ski-joring. Del and Phyllis recently bought a cabin in Willow and enjoyed spending quality time there with their friends and huskies.

Del is survived by his wife, Phyllis; his parents, Delmer and Juanita Seeba of Syracuse, Neb.; siblings and their spouses, David and Cindy Seeba of Bellevue, Neb.; Trudy and Gene Hanley of Lakeside, Calif., and Vicki Hamm of Bellevue; nieces, Rachelle Phelps, Renee Hanley, Jamie Hamm, Carli Seeba; nephews, Tyler Hamm, Scott Seeba and Mark Seeba.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Del's memory may be made to the Roscoe Fund, a non-profit organization he assisted in developing to help reduce suffering for animals that might remain untreated due to economic reasons. To make a donation, visit

Del will be missed even as he lives on within in our hearts:

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2010