Saturday, September 3, 2011

Bud Seaman - Arthur Lodge

Ralph Seaman ARTHUR – Ralph Richard "Bud" Seaman, 81, of Arthur died at 4:35 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 1, 2011) at the Arthur Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Arthur United Methodist Church with the Rev. Leroy Allison officiating. Burial will follow in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday with Masonic Rites at 7 p.m. at Shrader Funeral Home, 431 S. Vine St., Arthur. Bud was born Sept. 14, 1929, in Moultrie County, the son of Ralph and Martha Eads Seaman. He was united in marriage to Ellen Jane Hendrickson on July 17, 1948, in Henderson, Ky. She preceded him in death on March 1, 2009. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2008. Survivors include three children, Jo Ellen Seaman of Arthur, Dee Ann Daily and husband Michael of Dallas, Ga., and Dennis Seaman and wife Nancy of Champaign; two brothers, Robert Seaman and wife Katherine of Long Island, N.Y., and Harold Seaman of Dyersburg, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen; parents; daughter, April; son, Butch; grandson, Jeremy; and sister, Carolyn Quick. Bud graduated from Arthur High School Class of 1947. He worked at Wayne Feeds, Cabot, Schrock Cabinets, and owned Midstates Meter Company. He was a member of the Arthur United Methodist Church, Arthur Community Unit 305 School Board, Arthur Masonic Lodge AF&AM and the Arthur Lions Club. He was swine and livestock superintendent of the Moultrie-Douglas Fair for many years. Bud enjoyed traveling in the motor home and spent 15 winters in the Valley in South Texas and witnessed a rare snowfall one Christmas while staying there. His true love was family, especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to the Arthur United Methodist Church, 128 E. Illinois Street, Arthur, IL 61911. Online condolences to the family may be sent to

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