Darius L. “Jerry” Seckman, 97, of Rushville, passed away at 4:08 AM, Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the Rushville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rushville.
He was born May 3, 1920, in Ripley, the son of Darius and Mildred (Hess) Seckman.
For two years from the age of 15 to 17, Jerry worked at a Conservation Camp in Wisconsin. He made $30 a month, which he kept two and sent $ 28 back to his family. He met Eloise Smith in Mt. Sterling and they were married on January 17, 1942, in Shelbyville, Missouri. Jerry and Eloise moved to various military bases out west during Jerry’s service in WW 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.
Jerry was a member of the Schuyler American Legion Post # 4, Guthrie Pierce VFW # 1239 in Beardstown, Voiture 40et 8. He enjoyed playing baseball, horseshoes and bowling. He was a devoted golfer, playing after work and most weekends.
Surviving are three children Karen Ham and husband Jim of Mt. Sterling, Rod Seckman and wife Penny of Tennessee, Illinois, and Pam Seckman of Rushville, daughter-in-law Debra Rossiter and husband Walter of Clayton, 11 grandchildren Traci Block, Michelle Post, Kimberly Seckman-Stabler, Matt Seckman, Lauren Seckman, Brian Seckman, Aaron Seckman, Cora Billingsley, Lora Rapplean, Kala Peacock and Kyle Peacock, five step grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, ten step great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, step father Clifford Vincent, his wife Eloise passed away on August 21, 2015, a son Steven Seckman, two brothers Clifford Vincent and Harlan Vincent, two sisters Evelyn Bean and Florence Vincent.
Services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with David Haney officiating. Interment will follow in the Ripley Cemetery, with military rites by the US Air Force Honor Guard and the Schuyler American Legion Post #4. Visitation will be 1:00 PM to service time, Sunday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Memorials are suggested to the Ripley Cemetery.