Dalven Mearl Seely

November 13, 1934 - January 12, 2024


Obituary For Dalven Mearl Seely

Dalven Seely of Grande Prairie, AB, since 2015, former resident of Brownvale, AB, for 17 years, and Tangent, AB, for 29 years, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 12, 2024, at home at the age of 89 years.

Dalven was born November 13, 1934, to Ethel (Nate) and Eugene Seely, the third of eight children, and the first one born in the log house on the homestead in Alder Flats, AB.

By the time Dalven went to school, Eugene and Ethel had built a house closer to town so they did not have to walk up hill both ways to school. After quitting school, he went to work for farmers, then in the oil fields of Alberta and British Columbia, and eventually in the Arctic, Sable Island, and Queen Charlotte Islands.

While in Fort St. John, BC, Dalven met a little French waitress by the name of Jeannette Chaput, who was also working away from home. They were married a year later on November 7, 1953, in her hometown of Tangent, Alberta. He kept working in the oil fields, and moving to wherever the work was, while raising their four children Don, Doris, Norman and Rose.

In 1969 they moved their family to the farm in Tangent where they became grain farmers, and raised cattle, hogs, horses and chickens, while also being an oilfield supervisor. Dalven loved his family, his extended family, his friends, and his horses. He was proud of them all, and recounted their accomplishments with emotion. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed fishing, curling, dancing, rodeos, camping, family reunions, playing cards with young and old, trail riding, roping, visiting, travelling, spending winters in Arizona, and hunting camp every year with five generations until 88 years old. Spending time with his family was the most important.

Dalven will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 70 years Jeannette; his children: Donald (Brenda) Seely, Doris (Thomas) Elward, Rose (Robert) Maisonneuve, (Debbie) Seely; grandchildren: Chad (Nicole) Seely, Crystal (Gary) Valiquette, Julie Dettling (Toby Clark), Aleshia (Greg) Beaunoyer, (Chantelle) Seely, Todd (Heather) Seely, April (Henry) Wanotch, Ariane (Alden) Lowrey, Mathieu (Celty) Maisonneuve, Janel (Murray) Kidd, and Neil (Josee) Maisoneuve. He is also survived by 31 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. His surviving siblings will miss him dearly: Beverly (Al) Clemmer and Dallas (Gloria) Seely; sisters-in-law Lorraine Seely, Kathleen Seely, Louella Seely, Yvonne Chaput, Marge Chaput, and Bernadette Wlad; brothers-in-law Lucien (Judy) Chaput, and Leland Berge; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Dalven is predeceased by his parents Eugene and Ethel Seely; father and mother-in-law, Lucien and Elizabeth Chaput; son Norman Seely; grandson Rylan Seely; great-grandson Clay Seely; brothers: JL, Doyle, Melvoy, and Larry; sister Ethel Janke; brothers-in-law: Carl Janke, Robert Chaput, Phil Chaput, and John Wlad; and sisters-in-law Lucy Maciborski, Germaine Berge, and Ivy Seely.

A Viewing will be Friday, January 19, 2024, at 1:00pm at Oliver’s Funeral Home in Grande Prairie, AB (10005 107 Ave.). A Memorial Service will be at 1:30pm, with a time of fellowship to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation (11205-110 Street Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4B1).

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  • January 24, 2024

    Our sincere condolences to the Seely family

  • January 18, 2024

    Our sincere sympathy to the Seeley family. Dalven was a joy to know and he will be missed. Many great memories of team roping in the Peace country with Dal.

  • January 18, 2024

    Sorry to hear about Dalven. Condolences. We are thinking of you and your family in this time of grief.

  • January 18, 2024

    So very sorry for your loss, Jeannette and family. Our deepest condolences! It is an honor to have known this big guy! May the happy memories of time spent together comfort you as you go through the loss of this caring man.

  • January 18, 2024

    My condolences to the family. I have many fond memories of time spent at the farm in Tangent. What a beautiful family.

  • January 17, 2024

    Our sincere condolences dear Jeannette and all your family,we are sorry to hear of your loss.Our caring thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.We have great memories of Dalven.Hugs Jules & Doris

  • January 16, 2024

    Our deepest condolences to the family He will be missed deeply He was a gentle giant and loved his dry humor R.I.P Pappy may the heavens welcome you

  • January 16, 2024

    It was a pleasure to know Dal. We got to know and respect him through our mutual involvement with the North Peace MS Trail Ride where he volunteered as trail boss for many years. Not only was he a dedicated and caring volunteer but was also a valued friend. He will be missed but we will cherish his memory. Barry & Susan McLachlan

  • January 16, 2024

    Jeannette and family..our condolences💐We had a great catch-up visit last January at Wembley arena watching our granddaughter vs Dalven's great grandaughter play hockey! Blessings for a long fun filled life💜🙏

  • January 16, 2024

    We send our sincere sympathy to all the family. We enjoyed reading about "Pappy's"very full and interesting life.We know he will be missed by all. Thinking of you all as you share your memories together. Sincerely, Tom and Laurel Young Sault Ste.Marie,Ontario.

  • January 16, 2024

    So sorry to hear of Dalven's passing our condolences to Jeannette and the families. We will always remember the good times we had in Yuma playing darts and in the early years on the golf course and of course all the happy hours. He will be missed . Karl and Alice Burian

  • January 16, 2024

    Dear Jeannette and all your family. We are so sorry to hear of Dalven's passing. A beautiful soul has left us. But will never be forgotten. Dalven you big boy, the the most sincere, generous, kind , gentle man we had the very privilege of knowing as a friend and neighbor. As a family, hold on to all those special memories he has a left for you, Trust they will make these difficult days ahead a little easier to bear. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all Sincere Sympathy Paul & Vicky Yaremko

  • January 16, 2024

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Leo and I will always remember him dearly. RIP

  • January 16, 2024

    Uncle Dalven was an amazing man and held a special place in my heart. He always made me feel so welcomed and part of the family. I send my thoughts and prayers to the whole family. He will be deeply missed by many

  • January 16, 2024

    So very sorry to hear of the loss of such a kind and caring man. Always remembered fondly.

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