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Leon Seaton

June 23, 2021 - 07:33
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Leon L. Seaton, 83, entered into his eternal reward on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, after a battle with health issues over the past 15 years. 

He was born in Lyons, Kan., Feb. 10, 1938, to Walter H. and Dorothy Elizabeth Vaughn Seaton. Leon graduated from Lyons High School in 1956 and joined the United States Air Force in 1957 as a hospital corpsman. After completing his four years, mostly at Shepherd Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, he enrolled in the OU School of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City and graduated in 1964.

While he attended nursing school, he met another nursing student, Roberta Wehrenberg, and they were married Aug. 31, 1962.  After completing nursing school and completing boards, he began a two-year tour of duty with the U.S. Army Nursing Corp, serving at Ft Riley, Kan., and Tokyo, Japan.

He returned to Kingfisher, Okla., where he became Director of Nursing at the Kingfisher Community Hospital for two years.  While he was in Japan, he was called into the ministry. He attended Bethany Nazarene College, earning a BA in religion in 1972, and was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 1973.

He served as pastor In Kingfisher, Hennessey, Okarche and Loyal. He retired from the Loyal Evangelical church in January of 2020 after 25 years as pastor. While he pastored, he continued to work in several hospitals in the Oklahoma City area and also designed and implemented the chaplaincy program at the OU Medical hospital and became the first salaried chaplain.

He also worked as a dialysis nurse and finished his nursing career with the Russel Murray Hospice, where he also served as a chaplain. One of his greatest joys in life was ushering people through the gates of heaven as a chaplain and minister.

He was a member of the Kingfisher and Lomega Lions Club, Toastmasters International and the Ministerial Alliance for Kingfisher and Loyal. A recent honor for Leon and Roberta in 2018 was being named Kingfisher Chamber of Commerce, Citizens of the year.

He is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Dorothy Seaton and one brother Carl, sister-in-law Vernie, and brothers-in-law in law Gary Crawford and Howard Marshall.

He is survived by his wife Roberta of the home, daughter Leann and husband Steve of Edmond, son Robert and wife Sandra of Seguin Texas, daughter Carla and husband Chris Pittman of Roebuck, S.C., and son Chris Seaton and wife Melissa of Edmond. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Andrew Laubach of Edmond, Karen and husband Patrick Singer of Yukon, Alex and Michael Ottinger of Killeen, Texas, Chaz Seaton of Seguin, Emma Pittman of Roebuck, and Libby, Alli and Katie Seaton of Edmond, and one great-grandchild ,Evie Singer of Yukon. His surviving siblings include Marge Marshall of Kansas City, Kan., Norman Seaton and wife Sharon of Forney, Texas, and Patricia Crawford of Hutchison, Kan., as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021, from 4-7 p.m. at Sanders Funeral Home in Kingfisher. Graveside services will be held on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in the Kingfisher Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will occur at 10:30 a.m. at the Kingfisher Nazarene Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, the Loyal Evangelical Church or the Loyal Lions Club.