Michael Craig Seeley
December 29, 1952 – October 13, 2020
Michael C. Seeley, 67, passed away Monday, October 12th at home in Eaton Rapids, MI. Born to Edna and Charles F. Seeley, Jr. on December 29, 1952, Mike spent all but his early childhood years in the Lansing area. After graduating from East Lansing High School and earning a degree from Alma College he began work with the City of East Lansing, eventually becoming a dispatcher for the Police Department, which led him to the Mid-Michigan Police Academy where he completed his training in November, 1980.
Mike’s career in Law Enforcement spanned thirty-some years spent almost entirely with the Eaton Rapids Police Department of which he was a founding member. In addition to his tenure as Chief (1984-1996) he also served variously as a School Resource Officer, Acting Chief, and Patrol Officer before retiring from the force in the community he loved (2013).
In retirement Mike kept abreast of current events and sports, certainly enjoying the latter more than the former. Through the years his great love of the outdoors was spent with friends hunting, camping, and skiing and more recently, attempting to conquer most, if not all area golf courses with his golfing buddies. Renowned for an acerbic wit, his consuming interest in American history served him well during weekly Trivia challenges with teams in both Eaton Rapids and Holt.
A “friend to all” and bachelor throughout, Mike is survived by his sister Patricia (Richard) Aslin, nephews Chris (Rachel Goldwasser) and Tim Aslin; grandniece and nephew Chana and Henry Goldwasser; Aunt Elizabeth Robinson; and numerous cousins. The family will most certainly miss his remarkable sense of humor and running commentary on the politics of the day.
Due to COVID-19 there will be no traditional memorial service. Given his druthers, Mike would no doubt prefer that friends and colleagues gather at their usual haunts to regale each other with tales of days past. Family, friends, and colleagues are also invited to share memorable moments spent with Mike at https://www.forevermissed.com/michael-c-seeley/
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Michael Craig Seeley
October 23, 2020
We are saddened by the loss of Mike. We saw him at trivia usually on Mondays at Darbs.He was a realm of knowledge and his wit was on point.Mike was a competitor and we discussed the subjects at length after trivia. Thank you for the person who put his life on the website. A life gone too quickly He knows all the answers now. Your trivia friends.The Freer's Kim, Carol Jason and Robin team SuperFriends!!
October 22, 2020
I only knew Mike for a few years while we were young kids in Capac, in the Thumb of Michigan. Our folks were associated with Capac Community Schools, and the kids of our families played together. Anyway, I always enjoyed those visits to the Seeley household, or their coming to ours, and getting to see Mike.
October 18, 2020
I don’t even know what to say. You were a friend, a brother. You gave me the best advice and the worst advice. You were there through every up and down, you even saved me from a few.... You predicted every bad choice I was making, but only laughed when it came time to admit you were right. You were proud of me, but you made sure to know I was still an idiot for many of my choices... Michael Seeley I will see again my friend.
You were always there.
October 18, 2020
In December of 1981 10 individuals came together to form the new Eaton Rapids Police Department. Our backgrounds were as varied and diverse as the community that we desired to serve. Some of the new crew were veteran officers, some were fresh out of the academy and some were in between. We formed a bond. We built the department from the ground up. We installed cupboards, built counter tops, cleaned our used equipment, painted and took over patrol responsibilities from the Eaton County Sheriffs Office on January 1st, 1982. I tell this story for one reason. Michael Seeley was the glue that kept us together. Mike had a way of de-escalating before it became the latest buzz word. A community policeman before it was in vogue. An officer, a mentor, a friend and a gentleman. He will sit on the right hand and patrol the pearly gates. Gods Speed my friend.
October 17, 2020
He will be deeply missed by many. ♥️
October 16, 2020
I met Mike around 1990 when I returned a found $50 bill to the police department. He and the mayor later honored me at a city council meeting. He later became a family friend. He will be missed.