In loving memory: Dick Seelinger 1/23/1926 - 6/17/2012
|We continue to celebrate the life and times of Dick Seelinger, who passed away on Sunday, June 17th, 2012. Rather than mourning his loss, Dick would rather have us share a laugh or two, recalling his fine sense of humor and his dry “aged to perfection” wit!
The Dick's Gun Room family warmly invites you to leave a remembrance or share a story on his Legacy Guestbook page!
Dick was a consummate outdoorsman and an excellent marksman who lived in the Akron area all of his adult life. He was born in Olean, New York January 23rd, 1926 to Richard and Dorothy Seelinger. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during WWII in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters. Dick met the love of his life (that’s his wife Rita!) where she worked at the Lyn Theater in Akron, capturing her attention by giving her his watch and then striding off to watch the movie when she asked if he had the time! On June 26th of this year, they would have been married for 59 years.
After the service, he worked at Firestone Tire while starting the Falls Gun Exchange in 1954, went on to work at Buckeye Sports Center for his special friend the late Jim Armington in 1963, and finally in 1971 he and his beloved wife Rita opened his iconic Dick’s Gun Room in Cuyahoga Falls. Just to name a few of his many life-long affiliations, Dick was an Endowment Member of the NRA; Senior Member of the ASA and the Kentucky Rifle Association; Lifetime Sponsor of Ducks Unlimited; Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International; and Life Member of the FOPA, OGCA, and ATA.
He was preceded in death by his parents Richard & Dorothy, his sister Virginia Schaffer, his loyal friend Red Crum, as well as his beloved four-legged companions: Boots, Laddie, Pat, Dink, Tammy, Pistol, Penny, Megan, Nikki, and Jessie. He is survived by his wife Rita; sons Tom and Mike (daughter-in-law Terri) grandson Shane; sisters-in-law Laurell Kuck and Marcia Juengel; the best friend and business associate a man could have – Chuck Allaman; many nephews and nieces; the entire Gun Room family; and many, many close friends.
Per Dick’s wishes, he was cremated and a private memorial service for the family was held. The scores of great friends who shared their heart-felt memories at his calling hours on June 21st, 2012 was a humbling and uplifting tribute to a life well-lived. Anyone wishing to leave additional remembrances may do so on Dick's Legacy Guestbook page on Ohio.com.
Dick was an honest, trustworthy, and impeccable All-American businessman who treated everyone with kindness, his word in a handshake, and a fair deal. He had a memorable sense of humor and a sometimes ornery nature that was quite contagious. He enjoyed having coffee and conversation, topped off with a splash of good humor, with his customers. Dick, as evidenced in his own words, considered his customers his friends: “My heartfelt gratitude to all my loyal customers, whom most were my friends, for almost 60 years of companionship.”
Above all, Dick truly “lived the dash” between his birth and death dates! His family and Gun Room family would like to express our deep gratitude for the outpouring of kindness and generosity from friends and customers during this difficult time. Though he will be sadly missed by those of us who knew him, Dick’s caring soul, upbeat spirit, and compassion for both man and beast will sustain us all in his absence.
Godspeed and Rest in Peace, Dick!