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Life Story / Obituary
A kind, optimistic and driven man, Larry Seekman was beloved by all those who had the opportunity to know him. He loved his family dearly, and a life well lived full of endless adventures and golf. No matter the circumstances, Larry was one to find the positive side of everything. For these things and so much more, he will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.
His story began on September 23, 1937 in the riverfront city of Grand Rapids, Michigan when Glenn and Lena (Larson) announced the birth of their third child, Larry Lee. One of four children in the Seekman household, Larry grew up alongside his three siblings, Ben, the oldest, Phyllis, and his younger sister, Janice. A young boy of his generation, Larry enjoyed boyhood adventures with neighborhood friends and attended the local schools.
Larry graduated from Union High School and went on to prove his drive and determination when he decided to enlist in the United States Navy on his 17th birthday in 1954, rather than attending his senior year of high school. He was ready to serve his country and see the world, and knowing her son’s determination, his mother, Lena signed the papers allowing him to enlist. While in the Navy, Larry was stationed in Guam, and it was during this time that he found his love of travel and adventure that he carried with him throughout his 83 years. He served in the Navy for four years before his honorable discharge on September 22, 1959. Upon his return to civilian duty, Larry was hired to work as an accountant.
With his love for people and his innate ability to charm, Larry adapted his accounting sensibilities and foundation and quickly found success within sales. It was during the early sixties and while living in California when Larry discovered computers. It was within this venue of the sales world that he knew he wanted to be a part of. He began his career at Litton Industries in 1965 as a Sales Representative, and for the next 14 years he worked his way up to become a Branch Manager. From there, he was the owner and regional manager for Qantel Business Computers/Seekman Computer Systems. The pinnacle and ending of his career was achieved at QAD, Inc. wherein he served as the Director of North American Channels from 1997 through 2005 when he eventually retired. Throughout his 40-plus year career, Larry won many top sales awards, consistently achieved many Presidents Clubs, and in 2005 was named the North American Manager of the Year at QAD, Inc.
The only thing that Larry loved more than sales and golf, was his family. For the past 36 years he was a devoted husband to Margaret (VanWeezel); loving father of Tamara (VanEe) and Erin (Berghouse), from his first wife Sandra, and Daniel, from his second wife Sherry, and Grandpa to Bill, Zachary, Rachel, Travis, Jordan, Breanna, Sofia, Faustina, and Philomena.
Those that were able to know and love Larry during his 83 years will always remember his wonderful smile and the love that he held in his heart for his family and friends. He truly was a remarkable man.
Larry Lee Seekman, aged 83 of Grand Rapids, MI passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. He was born in Grand Rapids in September of 1937 to the late Glenn and Lena Seekman. Along with his parents Larry is preceded in death by his Sister Phyllis Jean Seekman and Sister-in-Law, Shirley Seekman. He is survived by his Wife of 36 years Margaret [VanWeezel] Seekman and his Children Tamara VanEe, Erin and Brad Berghouse and Daniel Seekman and his partner Darrel Weatherford. Also surviving are 9 Grandchildren and 10 Great-Grandchildren, Brother Ben Seekman and Sister Jan Sharp and her partner Tom Woodworth as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Larry proudly served in the US Navy. A service to celebrate Larry’s life will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11 AM at the Parish of the Holy Spirit (2230 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504). Relatives and friends may visit with his family at the Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, Alt Shawmut Chapel on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 5-7 PM as well as for one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to charity of your choice. To read more about Larry’s life, sign his guest book, leave a memory or to view the funeral service by live stream please visit his web page at www.heritagelifestory.com.