Terry Lee Seeman, age 63 of Watertown, SD, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.
Visitation will be Monday, September 16, 2019 at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer from 5:00-7:00pm with a 7:00pm Celebration of Life Gathering.
*** ATTENTION PLEASE: The family is requesting no flowers. Memorials may be directed, in Terry’s name, to the Lake Area Zoological Society, P.O. Box 484, Watertown, SD 57201.
Terry was born on May 27, 1956 to Milton and ArDette (Lunning) Seeman in Sioux Falls, SD. Terry enjoyed his days as a boy playing with friends growing up in Jasper, MN. The family moved to Mound, MN where Terry excelled in school and athletics, receiving several awards and playing for the Mound Westonka basketball team. Terry earned a basketball scholarship to Mankato State College, now Minnesota State University, where he played for four years for the Mankato Mavericks. Terry graduated with honors with a BA in Chemistry in 1978.
Terry and Lori Hary had met in college and were married in August 1979. The couple moved to Minneapolis where he attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. Their sons, Jeremy and Jason, were born in Minneapolis in 1982 and 1983, respectively. In 1983, Terry graduated from the U of M and the family relocated to Springfield, IL where he was accepted into the orthopedic residency program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Their third son, Ryan, was born in 1985. Terry completed his residency in orthopedics in 1988. The family then moved to Watertown, SD to join Dr. Robert Suga at Northeast Orthopedic Center. He worked as an orthopedic surgeon until his retirement in 2016.
Terry loved to hunt, and he was known to give “discounts” to farmers if he could bring his brother, Scott, brothers-in-law, and close friends out to hunt. More than anything, Terry loved his boys. He taught them to play golf, baseball and basketball. He taught them how to hunt and ski. He attended as many of their activities as his schedule would allow, always making the effort to cheer his boys on. Terry loved to take them to Minnesota Vikings and Twins games, and they are avid fans to this day. Terry’s favorite family vacation was skiing in Vail, CO. He loved the mountains, the fresh air, and skiing. He also loved living on Lake Kampeska, and had all the toys his boys could ask for.
Terry was a very generous person. He donated to many of his favorite causes, including the Boys and Girls Club and Lake Area Zoological Society. He also had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh. He was an excellent surgeon and cared deeply for his patients, especially the children.
He is survived by his beloved children, Jeremy Seeman, Jason Seeman and Ryan Seeman of Watertown, SD; his mother, ArDette (Jerry) Gustafson of Edina, MN; sister, Holly Bostrom of Mound, MN; brother, Scott (Michelle) Seeman of Mound, MN; step-mother, Marge Seeman of Sun City West, AZ; nieces and nephews; and his best friend, Dan Miller of Watertown.
Terry was preceded in death by his father, Milton Seeman.