JOPLIN, Mo. —
Roy Ray Seaton, 85, Joplin, Mo. passed into eternal rest on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin after an extended illness.
Ray was born May 14, 1927, to Ralph and Grace (Bilyeu) Seaton in Walnut Shade, Mo. He graduated from Branson High School and joined the Navy to serve in World War II then returned and earned a teaching degree from Missouri University. Ray was a successful teacher, insurance agent, stock broker, real estate developer and retired as a financial planner.
Ray married Lillie Mae Lee, a school teacher from Ponce de Leon, Mo., on Oct. 19, 1951. They were blessed with three children.
His wife Lillie; and three brothers, Alfred Seaton, Orville Seaton and Fred Seaton preceded him in death.
He is survived by his daughter, Jan Lucca and husband, Dave, of Lancaster, Pa., son, Jim Seaton and wife, Brenda, of Grain Valley, Mo., son, John Seaton and wife, Candice, of Blue Springs, Mo.; siblings, Lola Brown, of Branson, Mo., Earl Seaton, of Reeds Spring, Mo., Homer Seaton, of Sparta, Mo., Pete Seaton, of Miller, Mo.; and six grandchildren.
The body has been taken for cremation under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca, Mo. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church, Seneca, Wednesday, March 27, at 2 p.m. Following the memorial service a committal service will be held at 5 p.m. in Flood Cemetery, Highlandville, Mo.