Bill Seals, 80, of Orange passed away at home on Jan. 7, 2010. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, at Claybar Funeral Home, 504 N. 5th St. followed by interment at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, both in Orange.

A viewing for family and friends will be held at the funeral home, at 5 p.m. on Thursday. 

The son of Dan and Gertrude Seals, Bill was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Lone Wolf, Okla. and spent his childhood years in Seiling, Okla. Following high school graduation, Bill joined the Navy and served his country with pride and honor for close to 30 years. Bill was selected for the nuclear training program and was assigned to the USS Enterprise as the reactor chief, our country’s first nuclear carrier, as it was commissioned in November, 1961. During a brief assignment in Washington, DC, Bill met Adolfina “Chi” Flores. The two were married, enjoying a long life together for over 50 years prior to Chi’s death in 2007.

After his lengthy naval career, in which he traveled all over the world, Bill, Chi and their family moved to Orange. Bill became a hospital engineer for several Southeast Texas hospitals until 1988.
In addition to his parents and wife, Bill is preceded in death by his brothers, Edwin and Nevyn Seals; sisters, Evalu Staffen and Betty Tyree; and granddaughter, Theresa Blum. 

Bill is survived by his children, Bill Seals and wife, Aranya of Riverside, Calif., Mike Seals and wife, Charlotte of Bridge City; and daughter, Pamela Blum and husband, Tommy, of Katy. Bill is also survived by his grandchildren, Dylan Seals, Lisa Blum, Katie Blum; and several nieces and nephews.