Seely, James Michael Glea­son

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Rear Ad­mi­ral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) Age 84

Rear Ad­mi­ral James Michael Glea­son Seely, 84, of Hay­mar­ket, VA, passed away June 3, 2017 at the No­vant Health Med­i­cal Cen­ter. He was sur­rounded by friends and fam­ily when he passed.

Born Oc­to­ber 15, 1932 in Los An­ge­les Cal­i­for­nia, he was the son of Louis and Mary Seely. He at­tended pub­lic school in Los An­ge­les, grad­u­at­ing from New­port Har­bor High School in New­port Beach, CA in 1950. Jim spent his sum­mers in Cal­i­for­nia on the beaches of LA and Mal­ibu, body sur ng, and work­ing as a life­guard. Jim was also an ac­com­plished ocean swim­mer. He at­tended UCLA af­ter grad­u­at­ing high school, where he met his fu­ture wife of 57 years, Gail M. Dev­er­man Seely. While at­tend­ing UCLA Jim was in the Navy ROTC pro­gram and be­came a mem­ber of the Sigma Pi fra­ter­nity while he at­tended UCLA. Jim was com­mis­sioned in the Navy as an en­sign in 1955, and he and Gail were mar­ried on July 13th, 1957 in Cul­ver City, CA.

Jim had a long and suc­cess­ful ca­reer in the Navy, serv­ing for 34 years be­fore re­tir­ing in 1989. Along the way Jim reached many mile­stones, serv­ing with honor and dis­tinc­tion. Jim was a true pa­triot un­til the day of his death. Jim re­ceived his wings on 6 De­cem­ber 1956, and never looked back. Fly­ing was his sec­ond en­dur­ing love. Jim ew many types of air­craft in his ser­vice for the coun­try. Some air­craft he barely t into, call­ing some of them “lit­tle scoot­ers” and oth­ers “bomb trucks.” He loved them all. Jim de­ployed with var­i­ous squadrons nine times to the Western Paci c in the rst 19 years of his ca­reer as a strike ghter pi­lot. Five of those de­ploy­ments were com­bat de­ploy­ments in Viet­nam. Jim made more than 1,000 car­rier land­ings in his ca­reer, and

ew 447 com­bat mis­sions in south­east Asia in A-4 and A-6 air­craft. It was dur­ing these tours he was awarded four Dis­tin­guished Fly­ing Crosses and forty-three Air Medals ( ve in­di­vid­ual) for par­tic­i­pa­tion in com­bat op­er­a­tions. Dur­ing his ca­reer as a naval avi­a­tor he com­manded an A-6 squadron as well as a car­rier air wing. Jim ac­cu­mu­lated over 5,000 ight hours ying the FJ-4B, A-4, A-6, EA-6B, A-7E, F-4J, and F/A-18 air­craft.

Af­ter his ying ca­reer, Jim held many po­si­tions within the Pen­tagon, and sev­eral com­mands on the West Coast. Jim was the Com­mand­ing O cer of the Naval Air Sta­tion Whid­bey Is­land from 1977 to 1979, and sub­se­quently com­manded the Medium At­tack, Tac­ti­cal Elec­tronic War­fare Wing, U.S. Paci c Fleet from 1984 – 1986, at Whid­bey as well. Within the Pen­tagon he held the po­si­tions of: Di­rec­tor, Joint Anal­y­sis, di­rect­ing all Con­ven­tional, Strate­gic, and Politico Mil­i­tary War Gam­ing for the Joint Chiefs of Sta (1982-84); Di­rec­tor, Avi­a­tion Plans and Re­quire­ments (1986-88); and Jim’s nal mil­i­tary com­mand was at rst Deputy Comptroller and later Act­ing Comptroller of the Navy (1988-89).

Fol­low­ing his mil­i­tary ca­reer, James ran a travel agency and a de­fense con­sult­ing rm with his part­ner and long­time friend Ray Pow­ell. Since 1991 has been a con­sul­tant to Whid­bey Is­land, and the City of Everett, WA on base re­align­ment and clo­sure mat­ters. Jim worked with nu­mer­ous other com­pa­nies and as­so­ci­a­tions in his post mil­i­tary ca­reer, in­clud­ing Boe­ing, Gen­eral Elec­tric, Northrup Grum­man, Raytheon, and Tex­tron.

Jim could do none of this with­out the love and sup­port of his wife. Jim and Gail were a team in ev­ery man­ner and as­pect of the word and moved more than 25 times in the span of his ca­reer in the Navy. Jim also served the com­mu­nity he lived in and was ac­tively in­volved with his lo­cal Catholic parish. Dur­ing the past 12 years, Jim and Gail lived in Re­gency at Do­min­ion Val­ley, in Hay­mar­ket, VA. Jim and Gail of­ten said they were among the most lov­ing and sup­port­ive neigh­bors any­one could ask for.

Jim is sur­vived by one daugh­ter, Nina Dun­leavy and her hus­band Daniel of Stephens City, VA; one son, Ted Seely and his wife Su­san of Centreville, VA; and three grand­chil­dren, Bran­don and Michael Seely; and Jared Dun­leavy. He is also sur­vived by other fam­ily mem­bers in­clud­ing two chil­dren, Chao Pan and Karli who call him “Grandpa.” Jim is also sur­vived by a mul­ti­tude of friends gained through­out his re­mark­able life. Jim was pre­ceded in death by his beloved wife in April of 2014.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends on Sun­day, June 11, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Baker-Post Funeral Home, 10001 Nokesville Road, Manas­sas, VA. A Mass of Chris­tian burial will be o ered at Holy Trin­ity Catholic Church, 8213 Lin­ton Hall Road, Gainesville, VA on Mon­day, June 12, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Af­ter­wards, a memo­rial re­cep­tion will be held at the Re­gency Club House, 15351 Cham­pi­onship Drive, Hay­mar­ket, VA 20169.

Grave­side and in­ter­ment ser­vices, with full mil­i­tary hon­ors, will be held at a later date at Arlington Na­tional Ceme­tery.

Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Hay­mar­ket Food Pantry, 14740 Wash­ing­ton St, Hay­mar­ket, VA 20169, or to fundrais­ing@hay­mar­ket­food­ Do­na­tions would also be ap­pre­ci­ated to any of the many breast can­cer research or­ga­ni­za­tions, or to a char­ity of your choice. Please sign the guest­book at www.bak­er­

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