Duffield "Duffy" J.
Seyller III
    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.
Please Sign Guest Book
Your Name:
Guest Book:  

Name = Trista Binz Bialorucki
Message = Sending all my love to the Seyller family during this difficult time.
Duffy's big heart and laugh will be missed.

Name = Janie Smith
Message = JoAnn and family. I am so sorry for your loss. No words to
describe how much Duffy will be missed. In my thoughts and prayers.   Janie

Name = John and Rose Boehnen
Message = Please accept our sincere sympathy. We are keeping your family
in our thoughts and prayers

Name = More & Jeannie Palmer
Message = JoAnn & family.  Our deepest sympathy, Blessings and many

Name = Andrea Wood
Message = Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this
difficult time.

Name = Marne Roark Roche
Message = We will all miss him. My kids got to meet him a couple of years
ago when my brother passed away. They all really enjoyed him just like all
the Roark's did. My prayers for you and all the family.

Name = Jane Roark Schmitt
Message = Dear JoAnn and family,
I am so sorry for your loss.  Duffy was one of a kind. He had a big heart and
was full of blarney and I am sorry his life was cut short. I will miss his joyful
spirit. Sincerely,
Jane Roark Schmitt

Name = Jim and Laurie Renn
Message = It was our great privilege to know Duffy.  He was a guy's guy
who loved his sports and life in general.  He and JoAnn raised a wonderful
family and that dedication spread to the bank, his community and his
church.  We will miss him, but know he will be watching us from up above
with a smile on his face.

Name = Bill and  Kathy Schack
Message = We'll miss the man, and never forget him. He impacted our lives
and made us better people. We pray for his family.

Name = Mary Ann Keough
Message = My thoughts and prayers for JoAnn and family for your great

Name = John Allsworth
Message = I am so sorry to hear about Duffy passing. My sympathy to
JoAnn, the 5 children and other family members. While they lived in Peoria
we were neighbors and good neighbors they were. I have fond memories of
our association together before they moved to Harvard.

Name = William Crowe
Message = My sympathy to the family.  May Duffy be at peace with the Lord.

Name = Jennie Righi
Message = Sending my sincere sympathy to JoAnn and family on your great
loss.  Duffy was a great guy to be around and everyone will miss him!

Name = Ron & Jennifer Tripp
Message = I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to
death. They continue to participate in every act, thought, and decision we
make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find
comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their
----- Leo Buscaglia

Name = Mel & Nancy Hinterlong
Message = Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire Seyller family.

Name = Donn & Joan Claussen
Message = Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Duffy was very
much adored by the staff at the Bank, he will be missed greatly. We are sorry
for your loss.

Name = Jeff & Cheryl Kurth
Message = Very sorry to hear of your family's loss.  Over many years we
have had the pleasure of hanging with Duffy at so many different
events/venues/parties.  We always enjoyed his stories and sense of humor,
he will be missed by all.

May the love of friends and family help you thru this difficult time, our
thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Take Care

Name = Melissa Patterson
Message = Molly,Coady and family,

Molly, I am so sorry in the loss of your dad.  Sending you my thoughts,
prayers and a ton of hugs. I wish there was something I could say to make it

Name = Dan Roberts
Message = I'm so sorry to learn of Duffy's passing.  Although I didn't know
him well, I knew him as a great guy and a wonderful family man.  My
condolences to Chris and Sandy and all family members.

Name = Bob & Linda Beckman
Message = Dear JoAnn and Seyller Family:

Please accept our condolences, Linda and I are very sorry for your loss.
Duff was a good person and great friend. I feel fortunate that I was able to
share many life experiences with him, giving me wonderful memories that I
will always treasure. We will miss him.
Bob and Linda

Name = Diana VanDaele
Message = Duffy was always there to help. He will be missed. My love to all.

Name = Denny Zornow
Message = Duff's obituary is spot on! He was a character and a TRUE
PATRIOT! I enjoyed playing golf with Duff and listening to his many stories.
Fortunately, none of the golf courses we played in Florida served PBR. Mike
can vouch for that.
God Bless Duff, JoAnn and your family!

Name = Willa Anderson
Message = Dear JoAnn and family,
I'm sending you all prayers for comfort and strength as you begin a life
without Duffy. He was such a great guy, and I'm heartbroken knowing what
a hole his passing leaves in your family. Hugs, Willa

Name = Jim and Karen McFarlin
Message = We will miss you duff. You know one of my nicknames in grade
school was Duff. Not sure why. For all of the good times, I wish there would
have been more as I did not really know my cousin until later in life and will
always regret not having been closer. Lesson learned. Will do better. God
Jim and Karen

Name = richard hermonson
Message = very sorry to see duffy  has passed

Name = Dawn and Kelly Riley
Message = We are so sorry for your loss. We are sending our thoughts and
prayers. Rest in peace Duffy you will be missed.

Name = JoAnne Temple
Message = JoAnn, I am so sorry about Duffy's passing. Reading
About him brought back memories of you, your parents and sister on
Hollyridge Circle. I have wondered about you. Doug passed away a year
We had moved to Oak Creek, WI to be closer to David (Burlington) and Tom
(Glencoe), so not far from
You. God be with you with wonderful memories of Duffy. With my love

Name = Scott & Brandi Dahl
Message = May god's peace be with the entire Seyller family.  Our thoughts
and prayers are with you all.

Name = Peggy( Seyller)Howarter
Message = Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this
difficult time.

Please Click Here To View More Condolences