Alton “Al” Seeger passed away at home on April 2,
2018 in the loving arms of his bride at the age of 91.
Al was born in Kennan, WI to the late Herman & Hazel
(Mabie) Seeger on December 24, 1926. He was the
3rd oldest of 11. At an early age he quickly learned to
eat what you got and seconds were nonexistent. To
this day, if it went on his plate, it was eaten. You knew
it was a good meal if he licked his plate something
that was passed on to every one of us, and drove
mom nuts. His last night with us he licked an entire
bowl of ice cream. Not one drop was lost.
Al attended school in Kennan until the 8th grade and
then worked on the family farm until he was drafted for
WW2 into the army on April 14, 1945 and served 11
months in Okinawa, a subject we never talked about
because we knew how much it hurt him to relive that
time. We thank you for your service and are so very
proud of you.
After his discharge on December 27, 1946, he traveled his way back home on foot from the
west, working odd jobs. When he arrived home 1-1/2 years later, he met up with his old army
buddy Phil Simonson who suggested they go roller skating in Jump River. There he met the
love of his life, Genevieve Bromley and they were married on September 11, 1948 and shared
69 ½ years together. They settled for a short time in Jump River and then moved to Ely, MN
where Al started his career in the logging industry. In 1951, they were blessed with their 1st
child, Susan. In 1953, they decided there was no place like home and the bugs were smaller
so they moved back to Jump River. In 1957, their 2nd blessing, Barbara, was born. Al started
working for Olynick’s in 1953 hauling lumber and wood chips all over the state. If you were on
his crew, a hard hat was mandatory or you could go home. In 1967, the family was completed
with the 3rd daughter, Michele. In 1975, after 2 semi accidents within 6 weeks of each other,
he turned in his keys for a wheelbarrow. He continued working for Olynick’s in the gravel pits
on a part time basis. He also worked for the area Christmas tree farms shearing, cutting and
planting trees. In 1981, he was seriously injured while helping to build the Jump River Fire
Dept. It was then he chose to retire, or so he thought. He then when on to operate the
“Eliminator” in Jump River every 4th of July and Labor Day. He also cut firewood, plowed
gardens and mowed lawns for the neighbors. In his spare time, he was a substitute mail carrier
and he “stole” the neighbor kids to go get ice cream.
He was one of the original members of the Jump River Fire Dept, Snowmobile Club, Lions Club
and a lifetime member of the Hugh Warner VFW Post 2977. He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing,
hunting, baseball and reading history. His favorite past times were restoring old cars and
“cobbling” things together. He made a 3 wheeled bicycle that was pedaled by hand AND feet
in case one or the other got tired.
For all of his achievements and efforts, he was rewarded with 3 daughters, Susan (Robert)
Plecko, Barbara (late William) Wiedrich, and Michele (David) Hendrickson as well as 6
grandchildren, Jeremy (Paul) Plecko, Justin (Toni) Plecko, Billie Jo Lena and Becky Wiedrich,
Landon and Hope Webster and 1 great grandchild, Jordy Plecko.
He is further survived by 2 brothers, Walter (June) of Loyal, Fred (Marge) of Lake City, MN, 3
sisters, Edna Wolfe of Nekoosa, Maxine (Dwight) Quisberg of Edgerton, and Helen Saler of
Fort Stockton, TX as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Robert and 2 sisters Esther Peters, Beatrice
Klante, 3 siblings lost at birth, son-in-law William Wiedrich, and granddaughter Billie Jo Lena,
who he never got to bounce on his knee or sneak away with for an ice cream cone. They are
making up for lost time now and Oh the stories they will share!
A Celebration of Life will be held on May 5, 2018 from 12-4pm at the Jump River Community
Center. Everyone is asked to bring pictures and share your stories. We’ll provide the food –
everyone will get their choice of 1 utensil to use.
The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to all the neighbors and friends who
helped during his final months and a special Thank You to his “Little Girl” Carissa Riel for all
your loving care and compassion.