John Seabaugh

Friday, May 6, 2011

John W. Seabaugh, 87, of Millersville passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

He was born Aug. 26, 1923, in Cape Girardeau, to Garrett A. and Emma Mae Bollinger Seabaugh. He and Lorene Behrle were married April 11, 1976.

John served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II from Jan. 13, 1943, to Oct. 30, 1945. He then joined the Naval Reserve, and was called again during the Korean conflict, serving from Sept. 9, 1950, to Aug. 1, 1952.

As a young man, John was active in Scouting, and he eventually worked in leadership as a Scoutmaster. He also served as a senior commander for the Royal Rangers.

John was an electrician by trade, and during his early employment with Missouri Utilities, he also worked as a movie operator in several of the theaters in Cape Girardeau and Scott City. He worked many years at Missouri Utilities as a substation tech, retiring in 1985.

He was a member of Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson, and attended Glorious Praise World Outreach in Millersville.

Loving survivors include his wife of 35 years; two daughters, Mary Francis Folkers of Florida, Elizabeth Baker of Omaha, Neb.; a son, John G. Seabaugh of Millersville; a brother, James Robert "Bob" Seabaugh of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Ruth Schlegel of Cape Girardeau; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several siblings.

Friends may call Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until time of service at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Mark Halford officiating. Interment will follow in Seabaugh Cemetery at Millersville, with full military honors.

Memorials may be made to Heart of America Teen Challenge, PO Box 738, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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