Harvey “Harv” Herman William Seeger Jr.


Harvey “Harv” Herman William Seeger Jr., 73, of Cottonville and Cedarburg, passed away on Jan. 18, 2009 at University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital of complications due to cancer and emphysema. Harvey was surrounded by his daughter, Eileen, and niece, Andrea, who were singing “Amazing Grace” when he took his last breath here and made his way to his eternal home, to join his parents, Harvey Sr. and Clara Seeger.

Harvey was born on Nov. 28, 1935 (Thanksgiving Day) in Mequon. His family often joked that while Great-Grandma Seeger was making a turkey downstairs, Grandma Seeger was giving birth to one upstairs. Thus began one great life. 

Harvey attended grade school at Trinity Freistadt Lutheran School and was a 1954 graduate of Cedarburg High School. Harvey served our country as a Spec. 5 with the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Devens, Mass. In 1960, he married the love of his life, Marlene. They were married for more than 48 years and were devoted to one another in both sickness and in health. Harvey and Marlene had two children, Tim and Eileen. Harvey had one granddaughter, Monique, and two grand dogs, Sophia and Twinkle.    

Harvey worked with his brother, David, as a gravel truck driver with Dave Seeger Trucking Service in Cedarburg until a double ruptured brain aneurism forced him to stop trucking. He then worked as a janitor for John Long Middle School and Solvay Animal Health, in Grafton. Harvey built elaborate model railroads as a hobby. He enjoyed maintaining his yard with Marlene. Together they lived in a lovely home in Cedarburg. They sold their house to move to Adams County, 30 minutes north of Wisconsin Dells, to “retire” in 1993.

Harvey spent the rest of his life in Adams with Marlene.  They built their dream home in a pine woods near Roche-A-Cri Lake. Harvey believed that “work is worth” and continued to do so six days a week for the recycling center in Adams County and for the town of Preston, running its recycling center until a week before his passing. 

Harvey is survived by his wife, Marlene; son, Tim; daughter, Eileen; granddaughter, Monique; his brother, David; sister-in-law, Sandy; nephew, Jaret; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Kenny, Randy, Karen and Lorain and their spouses; as well as nieces, Lori, Melissa, Andrea, Carrie, Jodi and Beckie; and his many friends in Adams-Friendship and Cedarburg. Harvey made many friends very easily with his quiet, friendly demeanor.  His is deeply missed by his dog, Midnight.

A Memorial Service for Harvey will be held at 11 a.m. on May 2, 2009 at Lasata Care Center located at W76 N677 Wauwatosa Road in Cedarburg.

In lieu of memorials, please donate your unwanted items to a charitable organization or recycle them before you throw your junk out; Harv certainly would have wanted it that way!