VeteranDarius “Jerry” Seckman

Darius "Jerry" SeckmanDarius L. “Jerry” Seckman, 97, of Rushville died at 4:08 a.m. May 1, 2018, at the Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.

He was born May 3, 1920, in Ripley, a son of Darius and Mildred Hess Seckman. He married Eloise Smith on Jan. 17, 1942, in Shelbyville, Mo. She preceded him in death on Aug. 21, 2015.

He also was preceded in death by one son, Steven Seckman; two brothers, Clifford Vincent and Harlan Vincent; and two sisters, Evelyn Bean and Florence Vincent.

Surviving are three children, Karen (and Jim) Ham of Mount Sterling, Rod (and Penny) Seckman of Tennessee, Ill., and Pam Seckman of Rushville; 11 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 10 step great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

For two years from the age of 15 to 17, he worked at a Conservation Camp in Wisconsin. Jerry and Eloise moved to various military bases out west during his service in World War II. After his discharge, they moved back to Schuyler County, where they lived on a farm for 13 years, before moving into the City of Rushville. He then drove a school bus and became an electrician with IBEW. He last worked for Darrell Greenlee, retiring in 1982. After his retirement, he volunteered to wire many community buildings including the Schuyler American Legion and the new clubhouse at Scripps Park golf course.

He was a member of the Schuyler American Legion Post #4, Guthrie Pierce VFW #1239 in Beardstown, Voiture 40et 8.

Services were held Sunday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with David Haney officiating. Burial followed in the Ripley Cemetery with military rites by the U.S. Army Burial Detail and the Schuyler American Legion Post #4.

Memorials may be made to the Ripley Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to www.woodfh.net.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/2/2018 (pending) and 5/9/2018


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