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Obituary: Seeber, Harold “Chick”

Harold “Chick”
(Age 82)

Passed away on May 4, 2013 at the age of 82. Chick was born in Kellogg, ID to Harold and Gustava (Barnhart) Seeber in 1930. After graduation from Wardner-Kellogg High School in 1948, he pursued a degree at Washington State College in Pullman, WA where he graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy. Upon graduation he settled in Coeur d’Alene, with his first wife, Beverly, and began working for Sherman Drug. They welcomed two daughters into the family, Stephanie Ann and Sandy Marie. After several years, Chick was ready to venture into business on his own. He moved to Spokane Valley, WA where he started Seeber Vista Drug. After a fire destroyed the pharmacy, the family moved to Newport where Chick took a position as the Administrator of Newport Hospital District. While in Newport, he met his second wife, Hedy Gretener. They married June 3, 1967. Shortly thereafter they welcomed two additional members to the family, Gregory Charles and Lisa Melanie. Feeling the need to own his own business again, Chick and Hedy purchased Aker’s Drug in 1969. They ran the pharmacy together as Seeber’s Drug until Hedy’s death in 1993. Shortly thereafter the business was sold to their son, Greg. Chick retired in 1994. Soon after his retirement, he met Kay Cronin, his partner for the past 19 years. Chick enjoyed his retirement with Kay. They traveled to numerous places such as Europe, Alaska and Hawaii. Besides traveling, they also enjoyed playing tennis, golf and skiing. The couple spent their winters in Phoenix, AZ and summers in Post Falls, ID. In his earlier life, Chick enjoyed woodworking, fly fishing and weekly golf rounds with his friends. Chick is survived by his partner, Kay Cronin of Post Falls, ID; his four children, Stephanie Seeber-Duley of Coeur d’Alene, ID, Sandy Schwarztbauer (Scott) of Wasilla, AK, Greg Seeber (Nicole) of Newport, WA and Lisa Skay (Tracy) of Spokane, WA and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the American Lutheran Church in Newport on Saturday, May 11 at 10:30AM.
Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at