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By Joshua Smith

Batavia - Mr. LeRoy G. Seekins, 95, of Batavia, carpenter at the New York State School for the Blind for 23 years until his retirement in 1975, died Monday, January 17, 2011 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Mr. Seekins was born June 28, 1915 in Batavia, a son of the late LeRoy R. and Elizabeth Gilliatt Seekins.

A member of St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia, Mr. Seekins was an advisor for the former Troop #1 Boy Scouts through the church.

A member of the Batavia Lions Club since 1948, Mr. Seekins held the offices of Club President, Zone Chairman and served as Deputy District Governor from 1959-1960. He also served as the Blind Activities Chairman at both the local and state level where he traveled promoting blind activities, especially at the New York State School for the Blind. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Loyal Order of the Moose and the Masons.

Mr. Seekins was a meat cutter for 21 years for several local markets in Batavia and ran Reinhardt's Market. He was a gifted cabinet maker who also enjoyed making wind chimes.

He is predeceased by his wives, Marian J. Vile Seekins in 1988 and Sarah R. Page Seekins in 2004.

Survivors include a son, Rev. Donald L. (Yvonne) Seekins of Marion, Virginia; a daughter, Donna (Eli) Kauffman of Batavia; eight grandchildren, Garnet John (Denise) Wood of Buffalo, Margaret Ann (Robert) Smith of Mooresville, North Carolina, J. Andrew Wood of Phoenix, Arizona, William Edward (Diane) Wood of Springville, Michael Alan (Stephany) Seekins of Lakeland, Florida, Donald L. (Michelle) Seekins of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jaime Lee (Carl) Catlin of Cazenovia and Benjamin D. Seekins of Marion, Virginia; several great-grandchildren; a niece, Jean (Dave) Harms of Batavia; a nephew, Wayne (Helen) Robbins of Mesa, Arizona and three dear friends, Florence Speed of Batavia, Marjorie Henry of Williamsville and Dorothy Metzler of Batavia.

He is the brother of the late Harry A. Seekins.

Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where members of the Batavia Lions Club will meet a t6 p.m. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tower of Faith Fund @ St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or to the Lions Club Scholarship Fund c/o Lions Club of Batavia, P.O. Box 456, Batavia, New York 14021. 

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