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Eric M. Seeley

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017


Eric Michael Seeley
Eric Michael Seeley, D.C., 36, of Columbia, Mo., passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at University Hospital. He was born in Lander, Wyo., on Aug. 11, 1980 – the son of the late Dick Seeley and Kathy (Mathisen) Seeley Henderson.

Eric was a 1998 graduate of Big Piney High School. He attended Conception Seminary College and Columbia College before enrolling in Logan University College of Chiropractic. It was during his years in St. Louis that he developed his love for Cardinal baseball, and especially Yodier Molina. He was awarded his Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree in 2006 and practiced with Columbia Back and Neck Pain Clinic and most recently, with Columbia Chiropractic Center.

Eric had a passion for music beginning at a very early age. By age 15, Eric was serving as the music minister with St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Big Piney, Wyo. He was an accomplished pianist and guitarist and loved sharing his musical talents at church and at home with friends. Eric never missed an opportunity to share his musical talents after a Sunday dinner, or an impromptu gathering for show tunes or a night of Catholic hymns. Eric was an excellent vocalist and had been a member of the local Columbia Chorale and the St. Louis Gateway Men’s Chorus. Eric was also involved with the Columbia Entertainment Company (CEC) and enjoyed being a part of many performances there, in addition to serving on the CEC board of directors. The friends he made while a part of CEC remain some of his closest (and funniest) friends.

Eric shared his passion as a social-justice activist and did not shy away from his views around equal rights. He loved board games, card games and gathering with friends to share the latest issues surfacing on social media. Many friends and former patients will certainly remember his love of corny jokes. He reveled in his ability to collect jokes and never missed the annual Garrison Keillor broadcast of “great” jokes. He loved “punny” jokes!

Eric is survived by his husband of 18 years Matt Smith of Columbia, mother Kathy (Rodney) Henderson of Lander, sister Jennifer Alexander of Casper, Wyo., brother Byron Seeley of Jeffery City, Wyo., five nieces Erin (Kevin) Beckman, Jaz Bjorksten, Drew Bjorksten, Sofie Bjorksten and Tess Blorksten, nephew Travis Alexander, and three great-nieces Eden, Alex and Amy Grace Beckman.

Preceding Eric in death were his grandparents Red and Maxine Mathisen, and Don and Nona Seeley, his father Dick Seeley, sister Andrea Bjorksten, and brother-in-law Andy Bjorksten.

Memorials may be made to the Trail to a Cure: 2505 Stratford Chase Parkway, Columbia, MO 65201. You can donate quickly and easily online through FirstGiving.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017, at Parker-Millard Funeral Service with a memorial service at 5 p.m. This summer, family and friends will be invited to a memorial Mass and interment at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Big Piney.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory: 12 East Ash St., Columbia, Mo. 65203. Condolences may be left online for the family at ParkerMillard.com.

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