Donald Ray Seaton
September 16, 1935 – February 21, 2021
WASHINGTON ~ Donald Ray Seaton, 85, of Washington, left the arms of his loving family and stepped into Heaven into the arms of his Lord and Savior at 1:20 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born September 16, 1935 in rural Marshall County to Clifford P. and Lavina T. (Smith) Seaton, he married Meredith Ann “Dotty” Dykstra on June 28, 1959 in Washington. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Lisa (Michael) Chambon of Minden, Nevada; three grandchildren, Jesse Hexamer of Peoria, Melissa Chambon of Oregon and Alison Chambon of California; three great-grandchildren; one brother, James (Gail) Seaton of Delavan; his daughter-in-law, Laura Seaton and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David Brent Seaton on October 4, 2014 in Peoria; three brothers, Paul Seaton, Leland Seaton and Lindy Seaton and four sisters, Helen Kwadas, Jesse Lambert, Vernetta Heisel and Mary Hansen.
Don served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960 at Fort Hood, Texas and Fort Carson in Colorado. He worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for 40 years, retiring in 1997 as a manager of manpower planning in research and engineering at the Mossville Technical Center. He was a graduate of the Caterpillar apprenticeship program and had attended Bradley University.
He was a 60 plus year member of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, where he was active through the years as a Sunday school teacher. He also was a former trustee of the church.
His hobbies down through the years included traveling, visiting family, biking, downhill skiing, fishing and home renovation.
A private graveside service will be at Glendale Cemetery in Washington. Pastor Jason Woolever will officiate. A gathering celebrating Don’s life will be held at a later date at Crossroads United Methodist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1420 North Main Street, Washington, Illinois 61571.
To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com
Donald Ray Seaton
February 28, 2021
Dear Lisa, Mrs. Seaton, and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. I remember a time as a young college student my old car came out of gear right at the Standard Station on the Washington Square. It was holding up traffic and I could not get it to get back in gear. Mr. Seaton came forward and helped me get the car moved and stayed around to help me get it into gear. That kindness has stuck with me all these years. It was a model of behavior that is so needed. May your special memories keep him with you in your hearts.
February 28, 2021
From the entire Volk family, Don will be truly missed one of the kindest of people and always had a smile on his face and in his heart. Many condolences
February 27, 2021
Linda and I express our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in the passing of Don. I have such fond memories of you and Don when I was a member of Washington UMC from 1968 - 1975. You both exhibited true Christian love in how you interacted with me and others. I joined the church as a young single adult working at Caterpillar. In 1971, I married Linda who was a secretary at Caterpillar. We were active in the church until 1975 when we moved to Morton and then on to Delavan (my hometown) in 1979. In Delavan I became acquainted with Don’s brother James. Then in 2013 we moved back to Morton, where we live in a condo.
Again, we are sorry to hear about your loss of Don, but, know that he is celebrating with our Lord! Thank you for the positive Christian impact of kindness that you and Don had upon my life.
In Christian Love,
Mel & Linda Clauser
February 26, 2021
What a wonderful man, you will be missed be all!
February 24, 2021
My condolences to Dottie and her family. I have many fond memories of Indian Guides and spending time with the Seatons. Don was a very kind and caring person.