Kenneth J. Seaman, 77, passed away on December 27th 2017.
He was born in Brooklyn, NY on 27 April 1940. He enlisted in the United States Navy July 5, 1957 as a recruit and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer (W-3) on July 31, 1978. He met Wilma, his wife of 55 ½ years, while stationed at Search & Rescue, Pearl Harbor, and they were later married in Pocatello April 29, 1961.
Ken was a veteran of the Vietnam War and received the Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal (3 awards), National Defense Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 awards), Korea Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal (4 awards), Battle Efficiency Ribbon (2 awards), Naval Overseas Ribbon, Naval Sea Service Ribbon and the Vietnam Cross Gallantry with Valor.
He was a "Gold Hashmark" Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) and served on the USS Ingraham (DD-694), USS Lester (DE-1022), USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931), USS Current (ARS-22) and USS Mars (AFS-1). He was awarded Honorary Crew member status from the USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) and USS Barbour County (LST-1195).
After retiring from the Navy, Ken joined the Pocatello Fire Department and served as Secretary-Treasurer of Local #743, I.A.F.F. He helped plan the city's emergency service communications center and retired from the Pocatello Police Department in 1993.
He served as three terms as Adjutant of American Legion Pocatello Post #4; Chaplain and Senior Vice Commander of Chapter #3 Disabled American Veterans; Senior Vice Commander of VFW Pocatello Post #735 and organized USS Idaho Branch #133 of the Fleet Reserve Association, serving as first President, later as Secretary, Treasurer and on the Board of Directors.
Ken is survived by a brother Donald, a daughter Karen (Dave Fullmer) and son Kevin (Teressa), grandchildren Matthew (Amanda Hart), Crystal, Elizabeth, Kenneth and Alex, several cousins and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister and by the love of his life, his wife, Wilma.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 11 am in the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, where family will receive friends one hour prior. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery, Pocatello, with military rites. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com