Pauls Valley, Oklahoma —
Seymour retired and relocated to Pauls Valley in 2001 to manage the family farm that had been his father’s Chickasaw Indian allotment.
The Rodke family was one of the first Chickasaw families to settle in Garvin County.
Seymour enjoyed and told many good stories about the Indians and the West. He collected Indian and Southwest art. He was a sports car and outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, and hiking with his many pet dogs.
Seymour especially enjoyed traveling with Gini on trips to England, Scotland, and to Italy for their daughter’s wedding.
Traveling extensively during their retirement years, they went on some great trips, which included jeep riding on many old mining roads in Colorado. They took their grandsons with them on one of these trips in 2012. They enjoyed riding their Harley over Beartooth Pass and through Yellowstone National Park and also riding snow mobiles in Yellowstone.
Seymour planned lots of wonderful trips, including a float trip through Grand Canyon, riding jeep roads in Big Bend National Park, and exploring every part of New Mexico in their jeep and on their Harley.
Seymour had a good sense of humor that he kept with him until the end. He loved his family and friends and was good at keeping in touch with people around the country.
He especially missed his good computer and hunting buddy, Michael D. Lesieur, who passed away several years ago.
Seymour is preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Paul and Hazel Rodke, and his son, Brian Allen Rodke.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia of the home; his daughter, Elizabeth Rodke Washburn, her husband, Kevin K. Washburn, and their sons, Colbert Evan and Ford Wallace Washburn of Chevy Chase, Md.; sister, Vera Pauline Rodke; nieces Gabrielle Garrett Wakeland, Erin Garrett Lyles, and Pamela Filipelli, and their families; and numerous cousins.