Seth James Abbott Jr.

August 18, 1922June 5, 2012

Seth J. Abbott, Jr., longtime Plano resident, went to be with the Lord on June 5, 2012. He was born near Hanston, Kansas on 8/18/22, the 1st of 8 children to Seth Abbott, Sr. and Jessie Edna Abbott. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Patricia Abbott, the love of his life. He would tell anyone that would listen that she was the best thing that ever happened to him. He was preceded in death by a son, Philip. He is survived by son, Tim and wife Shelley, daughters Kelli Abbott, Marilyn Hunter and husband Harlan, and Jody Guest and husband Rick and by a sister, Julia Chambers. He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, Joel, Jeff, Chris, Melissa, Heather, John David, Trevor, and Cameron and 8 great-grandchildren, Donovan, Will, Henry, Noah, Marshall, Ruth, Jayden, and Mason.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Seth entered the 14th Armored Division in early 1942. After only six weeks, with an excellent score in Officer Candidate’s School, he was promoted to sergeant. He then transferred to the Army Specialized Training Program in April 1942. He united with the 99th Infantry Division in Belgium in January, 1945. He was wounded in combat near Cologne, Germany where he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was discharged in October, 1945. In January, 1946 he entered the Engineering School at Kansas State University and later transferred to SMU where he graduated with honors and earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

Seth began his professional career as a production engineer with Atlantic Richfield in March 1950. The American Institute of Petroleum Engineers awarded him the Environmental Conservation Distinguished Service Award in February 1985. After retiring, he worked with a conservation consulting firm, drove a school bus for PISD, and spent several years mentoring students at Mendenhall Elementary. He was an active member of Plano East Church of Christ where he taught Sunday School for many years. One of his favorite things to do was to take his children, grandchildren, and any other kids he could pick up to Braum’s on Wednesday nights after prayer meeting. Until his health prohibited you could find him in the stands at almost every Plano Wildcat football game and then later at the PESH games. He loved to tell stories about his time in the service but most of all Seth Abbott loved the Lord and his family. He will be missed.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 8, 2012 from 7-9pm at Ted Dickey Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 10:00am in the funeral home with Ken Gardner officiating. Interment will follow in Restland Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Friday, June 8, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 9, 2012

Seth James Abbott Jr.

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David Choon

January 31, 2013

" I knew Seth for a number of years, when hearing of this loss I was devastated, Seth was like a father to me, no words can describe this enormous loss his family is feeling. My prayers go to him and his family. He will be sorely missed."

June 28, 2012

I want to offer my condolences to the Abbott family for their loss. I did not talk to Seth, but I did interview more than 350 fellow veterans of the 99th Division for a personal, candid book, "Once Upon A Time In War: The 99th Division in WWII." Univ. of Oklahoma Press. Seth and his comrades deserve our gratitude and praise for their service and sacrifices. Robert E. Humphrey Sacramento, CA


June 10, 2012

We at the Dairy Queen will miss Mr Abbott dearly. What a wonderful man and family, always so kind and friendly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Susan Carrier

June 9, 2012

Pat and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. I remember you from Plano East Church of Christ....Seth was one of the nicest men I ever had the opportunity to know. I also knew him from working at Atlantic Richfield.
In Christian love,

Hallie Roberts

June 8, 2012

I am very sorry that that dear man is gone from this earth. I am so glad that I got to meet him. Billy has so many wonderful stories about his Uncle Seth--what a fine person he was, and is. I am so sorry for your loss, but he is in Heaven, no doubt about it.

Patsy Clark

June 8, 2012

Aunt Pat and Family,
I'm sorry for the loss of Seth, I don't remember him, but he was married to my Aunt Pat, so he must have been a great and wonderful Man. Aunt Pat; My heart goes out to you during this difficult time, I wish I could be there with you! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, Please accept my deepest sympathy, Love Patsy Dabney Clark

Lonita Rains

June 7, 2012

Pat & family so sorry for your loss,
I remember you & Seth from when I was young going to Davis St Chuch of Christ. I also remember your dear Mother Laura as I always loved your family
My prayers & Love are with you all during this most difficult time I live 9 miles
from Branson, MO
Lonita Alexander Rains

Margaret Stephens

June 7, 2012

Jody and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all on the loss of such a wonderful man you all loved.

John & Roxana Larance

June 7, 2012

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful father. We will be praying for God's comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.

June 7, 2012

You were so lucky to have such a wonderful man for your father and to have so many wonderful memories!! I hope that these memories will help you.
Thoughts and prayers to you.

Sandy Avery