James Seal (May 20, 1942 - June 15, 2020)

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James Seal
  • May 20, 1942
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  • June 15, 2020

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Dr. James A. Seal passed away June 15, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. He was born May 20, 1942, in Anderson to John and Ruth Seal. He was an optometrist in Anderson for nearly 50 years. “Doc,” as he was called by his patients, always had a smile on his face and always had time to get the job done right.

 He was a graduate of Anderson High School in 1960 and the IU School of Optometry in 1965. He met and married his college sweetheart Joan and was married to his true love for 55 years.

 Jim’s two passions were bargain hunting and fishing. After over 40 trips to the Canadian North, including the Northwest Territories, he will be sorely missed by his second family, his fishing buddies. He was the heart and soul of these trips—organizing, leading and thoroughly enjoying the adventures—which is why he was known to them simply as “Thee Chairman.”

 Jim is survived by his wife, Joan M. Seal; two daughters, Angela Hobbs of Wisconsin; Leanne (Chad) Asher of Ft. Wayne; 4 grandchildren, Caden and Nicole Hobbs of Wisconsin; and Courtney and Justin Asher of Ft. Wayne. Brothers, Tom (Susan) Seal, Don (Deb) Seal, J.D. (Lori) Seal and several nieces and nephews: Jenn Seal, Robb (Kate) Seal; Zane Seal; Louie (Courtney) Seal; Beckie (Richard) Petit; and Jama (Brian) Carter.

 Only private services are planned at this time because of COVID-19 restrictions.

 Donations can be made to the charity of your choice.


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  1. Troy and Sue Olson lit a candle:
    18 Jun 2020
    Lit since June 18, 2020 at 6:30:51 PM

  2. Nanette Cox says:
    18 Jun 2020
    Doctor Seal was my eye doctor for many years and he was a great doctor. I was sorry to see him retire, but am thankful he got to spend several years in retirement in Florida. He was such a great person that when I lost a contact at the lake, he brought one from Anderson on his way to his lake place. I hope the fishing is good in heaven.❤️

  3. Jack Ashby says:
    18 Jun 2020
    I met Jim over 50 years ago when he opened his practice in Anderson, IN. He counted me as one of his friends & he always reminded me of our great number of years as friends. I spoke to him around the middle of May & wished him luck in dealing with his health. I will miss him.

  4. OREN OLINGER says:
    18 Jun 2020
    I was so saddened to find out about Jim. Fellow classmate,fellow ECOS member. My wife and I were one of the married couples on Op school with Jim and ,Joan. Good memories. God rest.

  5. Dennis Sawyer says:
    18 Jun 2020
    Farewell optometry Classmate of 1967. May you have fair winds and following seas.

  6. Scott Sparks says:
    17 Jun 2020
    Really nice obituary. A truly good man and good friend. I am proud to be one of his fishing buddies. My memories are many and very special. I will miss Thee Chairman.

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