David G. Seely

September 14, 1958September 3, 2020

David Gene Seely age 61 of Albion passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020 at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice. He was born September 14, 1958 in St. Peter, MN the son of Lewis and Lavonne (White) Seely. On December 22, 1984 in Rolla, MO, David was united in marriage to Debbie Croom and she survives him.

David graduated from St. Peter High School in MN, received his Bachelor’s Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and completed his Master’s and PhD with University of Missouri in Rolla, MO. He taught Physics at Albion College for 28 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Albion, the American Physics Society and did Summer Research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN.

In addition to his loving wife of 35 years, Debbie, David is also survived by a son, Matthew Seely, brother, Tom (Cheryl) Seely and sister, Laura (Karl) Seely Rydholm.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 3-7:30 PM at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Dr., Albion, MI.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcomed to Albion College's Dave Seely Memorial Fund, which will support initiatives most meaningful to Dave. Gifts may be sent via or to Dave Seely Memorial Fund, 611 East Porter, Albion MI, 49224.


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Arline Chaves (Underwood)

September 14, 2020

I grew up with the Seely’s backyard next to ours. Many days were spent there with my sister, Jeanne, and I goofing around with Laura and David. I lost track of where he was after I graduated. He was 3 years younger.

Thomas Kvale

September 10, 2020

Words can't express how deeply sorry we are with Dave's passing. He was much more than a close colleague -- he was a dear friend and much like a brother. He will be profoundly missed. Deb and Matt are in our thoughts and prayers. We are sorry that we can't come to the service on Saturday but we hope we can get together sometime. You are always welcome in our home.

Reuben Rubio

September 10, 2020

Deb and Matthew, we are so sorry to hear this. We appreciated you guys as neighbors back in the day, and Dave was a friend and a true blessing as a colleague at Albion College. May the Lord comfort you with the best, freshest memories of him.

Paul Anderson

September 9, 2020

Dave and I were best friends for nearly 30 years. How did that happen? I don't know, but I can tell you that I was the lucky one. We followed each other around Albion College like each other's puppy dog. There were epic putting contests with Dr. Steffenson in the Science building at 11 pm, followed by ice cream in the KC. Our first 4 or 5 years together we never missed a football game, home or away. Fun was always on our mind and fun we always had. I never took our relationship for granted because I could feel how special it was. Dave was a best man at my wedding. In fact, Dave was with me when I first met Kathy, my bride-to-be. Dave and I looked at each other - yeah, baby! Dave was always with me, and vice versa. People found it unusual when we weren't together. I'm already missing that dude, big time. A better friend no one ever had. He was my brother and to me, he was an angel. Rest in peace, my beautiful Dave.

Josh Cassada

September 9, 2020

I was lucky enough to be in Dr. Seely's inaugural class of freshman physics majors. And I was even more fortunate to be able to call Dave a friend and mentor in all of the years that followed. His amazing mind was only rivaled by his caring heart. It's still tough to believe that he never hesitated to spend very late nights preparing a handful of undergraduates for upcoming physics exams -- some of which were his exams and some were actually others'. Not to mention the countless hours he spent preparing us for the graduate school entrance exam -- and continuing to teach and learn with us in our professional lives. He never stopped giving. We've lost an incredible human.

Cindy Meyer

September 8, 2020

I'm a classmate of his sister, Laura. Haven't seen him since high school but I remember David always having that smile on his face. He was always so friendly and kind. My deepest sympathies to his families.

Katie B

September 6, 2020

I am incredibly sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Seely. I still think back and smile on his masterful use of colored chalk that brought physics to life on the blackboard. I am grateful for my time at Albion and for the experiences and future Dr. Seely helped create. My condolences to his family and friends; may the comfort and love of the community surround you.

Nicole R

September 5, 2020

Dr. Seely was easily one of my favorite professors at Albion. I enjoyed my physics courses with him and interacting in the science center. Every interaction with Dr. Seely had me smiling. He was a kind gentlemen that never demeaned a student. He made you feel cared for and that your thoughts and questions were appreciated. I cherish my memories with him, Dr. Anderson, and fellow students. My heart goes out to the Seely family during this difficult time. Know that he was so loved and adored on campus. My deepest condolences.

Pamela McNab

September 5, 2020

Dave was a wonderful neighbor, a devoted father and husband and the kind of educator we should all aspire to be: caring about his students as human beings first and scholars second. I treasure my many memories with Dave, Debbie and our Albion colleagues and friends. You will be dearly missed. Much love to Debbie, Matt and everyone else mourning his absence.

Nancy Sprandel

September 5, 2020

To the family, my sincere condolences for your loss. I only knew David briefly from sitting behind him and Lewis in church. May the grace of God bring peace to you at this time. Nancy Sprandel


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