Lonnie Ray Seglie

Lonnie Seglie, 70, passed away peacefully, Jan. 18, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born March 25, 1947, in Pittsburg, Kan., to John and Mary (Signorino) Seglie.

Lonnie Ray Seglie

He had two older brothers, John Charles and Floyd Ronald. He grew up in Franklin, Kansas, and graduated from Arma High School in 1965.

At an early age he played accordion and later enjoyed playing in several rock and roll bands in high school and college.

Lon received his undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University in 1969 where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He earned a Master’s degree from Wichita State University, and an Education Doctorate from the University of Kansas.

He proudly served in the active U.S. Army from 1971-1977 in Kentucky, Germany with the 3rd Armor Division, Arizona and North Carolina in the Armor and Military Intelligence Branches. After serving in the Army Reserve, he retired as a Lt. Colonel. He was very patriotic and loved his country.

He worked for Center for Army Lessons Learned at Ft. Leavenworth for 26 years until his retirement in 2010. He was very proud of the work he did to benefit deployed soldiers.

In 1970, Lon married the love of his life, Jill Vance. They had two children, Nicholas and Scott with Zhanna (daughter-in-law) and Rowan (grandson) later welcomed with love into the family.

He loved talking to people—all people, and sharing stories. He was most happy connecting with people and had a gift for genuine conversation whether you were already a friend or a hiker going the opposite way on a trail.

Sigma Chi provided an opportunity to build a foundation for lifelong friendships that have now lasted over 50 years. He always enjoyed remembering those bonds and the adventures with friends that have now become family.

His greatest joys in life were his beloved family and friends, his patriotism, traveling, cycling, hiking, pasta, beer and ice cream. He lived life to the fullest. He was quick to break up a serious moment with a funny face to make you smile. He leaves a legacy of kindness and laughter.

Even late in his life he was able to form a special bond with his grandson, Rowan, through a child-like joy for the world with playful grunts and giggles.

“I love you” and “God bless” were quick off his tongue under any circumstance, and he was well known for the quality of his hugs.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. 2018, at St. Francis de Sales Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, at the church. Burial will follow at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Francis de Sales Church.

In memory of Lon, make someone smile today if you have the power to do so.