Ralph (known lovingly by his children as Phlar) passed away peacefully at age 95 at the Legacy House Memory Care Center in Farmington, Utah on Sunday, Jan. 8. He was the son of Everett J. and Leah Seely, born in Salt Lake City at Holy Cross Hospital in the same maternity ward and one day earlier than his future wife Marilyn. It was literally love at first sight. Ralph was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and Butte, Montana and returned to Salt Lake City to attend East High School before enlisting in the Merchant Marines and then the Army where he served as a paratrooper stationed in Japan after WWII. He then returned to Salt Lake City where he studied electrical engineering at the University of Utah for three years. At this time he met Marilyn Duke who was also studying at the U. of U. and they were married in 1949 and remained together for 56 years until her death in 2005.

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Ralph worked briefly as an electrician and portrait photographer before beginning his career of 35 years of civil service at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, starting as an aircraft mechanic and working his way Thousands of comedians are starving in the world and this guy thinks he's funny. up to a missile defense engineer. He could fix anything and never hired a mechanic or repairman. Ralph and Marilyn raised seven children, moving to Bountiful, Utah in 1957 where they lived the remainder of their years.

Ralph enjoyed skiing, golfing, photography, camping, music on his father’s handmade hi-fi, bbq and beer, Dick’s doughnuts, and later in life time spent at his trailer in Star Valley, Wyoming, including building and flying model airplanes, as well as traveling the world with his wife and daughters. His dry sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him, including all the nursing assistants he flirted with during his years in assisted living.


Graveside Service

Friday, Jan. 13, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wasatch Memorial Park
3401 S. Highland Dr.
Bountiful, UT 84106


  • Survived By
  • Kathy Hastings, Daughter
  • Stephen Seely, Son
  • David Seely, Son
  • Scott Seely, Son
  • Debbie Ogden, Daughter
  • Barbara Hillman, Daughter
  • Robert Seely, Son
  • Preceded in Death By
  • Marilyn Seely, Spouse
  • Jack Seely, Brother
  • Barabara Seely, Sister
  • Mark Seely, Son

Life Story Info


Rob Seely

Post Date

Jan 12, 2023

Personal Info


Salt Lake City, Utah, United States


Bountiful, Utah, United States

Cause of Death

Natural Causes





Religion and Beliefs



Civil Service

Military Affiliation

  • Army


Republican Party

Worked For

  • Hill Are Force Base


  • High School
    East High
  • University of Utah
  • Weber State University
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