Archive for Thursday, June 8, 1995


June 8, 1995


Services for the Rev. Gene Stewart Seely, 59, Baldwin, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Virgil Brady officiating.

Mr. Seely died Wednesday, June 7, 1995, in Lawrence.

He was born June 15, 1935, in Winfield, the son of Arthur John and Emma Stewart Seely.

He had lived in the Lawrence area for 20 years, most recently in rural Baldwin. He was a Methodist minister. He graduated from Wichita High School in 1953, received a bachelor of arts degree in 1957 from Friends University in Wichita and a master's of divinity degree in 1961 from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill.

He served as pastor at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Wichita; Plains United Methodist Church; Perry United Methodist Church; Central United Methodist Church; Centenary United Methodist Church; and Lecompton United Methodist Church.

He had been a student pastor at West Heights Methodist Church and was founder and first director of United Methodist Urban Ministry, both in Wichita. He was executive director of the Metropolitan Young Adult Ministry in St. Louis, and was project developer for Cross-Lines Cooperative Council, Kansas City, Kan. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Kansas East Conference of the United Methodist Church.

After he retired from the ministry in 1985, he pursued independent business ventures. He most recently worked as an X-ray technician for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine P.A. in Lawrence.

He married Arline Jeannette Six on April 6, 1955, in Wichita. She survives at the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Diana Seely Frederick and Doreen Annette Seely, both of Lawrence; a son, David Gene Seely, Wichita; a brother, Arthur Dean Seely, Hamilton, Ala.; and five grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, where the family will receive friends.

The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Douglas County or the United Methodist Urban Ministry in Wichita in care of the mortuary.

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