Duffield J Seyller III, “Duffy”, age 68, of Harvard passed away at home surrounded by his family on Monday morning, July 10, 2017.
Duffy was born on January 2, 1949, in Peoria, Illinois and was one of three children born to Duffield J Seyller II and Dorothy McFarlin. He graduated from Spalding High School in Peoria, IL and then had the opportunity to serve his country in Vietnam where he was enlisted in the Army. Upon completion of his time served, Duffy attended Western Illinois University where he obtained both his Bachelors Degree in Business and his MBA. Shortly after, he was employed at Home Federal Savings in Peoria, IL where he worked for 9 years.
In 1985 he moved to Harvard, Illinois where he was employed at Harvard Savings Bank, later becoming Chief Executive Officer and President. During his tenure at Harvard Savings Bank he was also a member of the Illinois League of Financial Institutions where he served as Chairman in 2009. He retired in February of 2014 and served on the Board of Directors until his death.
Duffy was extremely active in the community. He was a lifelong parishioner at St. Joseph Church serving on the St. Joseph School Parent’s Club, St. Joseph Finance and St. Joseph Pastoral Council for many years. He was also a member of and served as President in the Harvard Lions Club.
Those that knew Duffy will remember his passion and zest for life. He was a lively storyteller and often at the center of the action no matter the situation. Duff was the life of any party, with a PBR in hand. He loved people and making new friends, as well as staying connected to so many old friends. He was an avid Cardinals fan, and loved picking fights with Cubs fans. He also loved the Chicago Bears and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. You could always find him in the stands cheering on his children at Hornet sporting events. He was also an active golfer, participating in many golf leagues throughout his life. He enjoyed his getaways in Galena and exploring new places, with his wife. His family will miss his sense of humor and adventurous spirit. While Duffy accomplished much to be proud of in his lifetime, he was most proud of the family that he raised. He was a loyal and dedicated family man, and enjoyed making his wife and children laugh.
Duffy married the love of his life, JoAnn (Strohmeyer) Seyller on August 17, 1974 in Peoria, IL. They had 5 children Duffield (Amy) Seyller IV - Aurora, IL; Casey (Kristi) Seyller - Harvard, IL; Molly (Coady) Adams - Whitestown, IN; Shannon (Daniel) Skoglund - Terre Haute, IN; and Courtney Seyller - Harvard, IL. They have three grandchildren – Jenna, Maddie, and Ella Seyller. Duffy is also survived by his sisters Christine (Jack) Duke - Peoria, IL; and Sandy (Mike) Neese - Woodstock, IL and 10 nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Beckett Adams.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home, 107 W. Sumner St. Harvard, IL 60033. The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 206 E. Front Street, Harvard, IL 60033.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harvard Booster Club, 1103 N. Jefferson St. Harvard, IL 60033.
Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.saundersmcfarlin.net.
For more information, call the funeral home at 815-943-5400.