ForeverMissed
Beloved husband and father, son and brother, uncle and friend. Kind in heart, loving beyond measure. His spirit will remain indelible in the memories of those who knew and loved him.

He sings with the angels, and his voice we hear on the wind and in our souls. And what comfort his tenor notes provide.

We present this memorial website in memory of our beloved husband and father, Richard Harley Seward, born on August 12, 1942, and who passed away on December 15, 2020. We will forever cherish the time we had with him and ever after will his memory endure in our hearts.

We have loved you and will always love you until forever has its last days.


We will be holding two separate memorial gatherings/services for friends and family to get together and share memories and say goodbye to Dad. The dates of these events have yet to be determined due to pandemic concerns and restrictions. We plan to have a gathering in San Diego and a later memorial service in Mason City, IA. Please continue to check here for postings of those dates, times, and specific locations. We hope to have details confirmed soon.

Thank you all!
The Seward Family
Posted by Eugene Wegener on April 3, 2021
 Worked with Richard (Dick) in 1968. Became life-long friends. He was a true gentleman to everyone. Will miss him always.
Posted by Mary Draeb on April 1, 2021
Papa Seward I miss that smile of yours so much. Thank you for the love and the support over the years. Just knowing I had you and Mama Seward around was very comforting. I know you’re in a better place, but I’d rather have you here. I love you RIP
Posted by Vic Wintriss on April 1, 2021
I truly enjoyed working with Richard for over fifteen years as a faithful employee and friend and am saddened that he is not with us in person anymore...his spirit remains, though and I am sure that he is singing with the angels right now.
Posted by Richard Seward on April 1, 2021
Still missing you, Dad. So many days pass when I think to share something with you and then remember you're gone. I feel your absence in every way, and I regret not having the opportunity to say to you all the things I meant to say. You are my hero and the man I most admire. Love you always, Dad.

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Posted by Eugene Wegener on April 3, 2021
 Worked with Richard (Dick) in 1968. Became life-long friends. He was a true gentleman to everyone. Will miss him always.
Posted by Mary Draeb on April 1, 2021
Papa Seward I miss that smile of yours so much. Thank you for the love and the support over the years. Just knowing I had you and Mama Seward around was very comforting. I know you’re in a better place, but I’d rather have you here. I love you RIP
Posted by Vic Wintriss on April 1, 2021
I truly enjoyed working with Richard for over fifteen years as a faithful employee and friend and am saddened that he is not with us in person anymore...his spirit remains, though and I am sure that he is singing with the angels right now.
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Dad and Choir - A Memory

Shared by Richard Seward on April 12, 2021
One of the earliest memories of my father is accompanying him on Thursday nights as he attended choir rehearsal at (I think it was called then) East San Diego Presbyterian Church. It was a beautiful A-frame church at the top of a hill that overlooked a good portion of South San Diego. I don't remember how old I was (5 or 6?) or for how long I went on accompanying him, but while he rehearsed with the choir upstairs in the choir loft, I remained in the cloakroom/preparation area in the back. There I played with whatever toys were available (or with those I brought myself) while listening to the full choir sing to the accompaniment of the organist and choir director, Ellis Dugger. While I wasn't as attentive as I would be in later years, I am pretty sure I could hear my father's tenor voice above the rest. Of course, I took for granted that time I got to spend with Dad. Even though I was in the back room and he was out front with his fellow choristers, it was a part of his life I got to experience, and though I did not appreciate it then, I certainly do now. I also recognize its significance. I'm 49 now. Before the pandemic struck, he still actively attended weekly rehearsals and services and sang in the various concerts presented by the church. How fortunate was I (am I) to have been a part of something he loved doing for more than 40 years, if only briefly? Still, there were all of the Christmas concerts and Christmas eve services where I heard him sing. And yes, I could always pick out his voice from the rest. And how blessed I am to hear it still, if only as a memory. I love you, Old Man. You made me so proud.
Shared by Caci Hofler on April 1, 2021
i loved when dick and marilyn came home to visit us knowing how much they loved us like we loved them. gonna miss dick with marilyn. love you all hugs and love always caci

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Shared by Caci Hofler on April 1, 2021
i remember when he sang blessed assurance at kenneys funeral loved his voice it was so powerful i was in awe of his voice and talent he was such a nice guy dick was so nice always enjoyed talking to him on phone when i would call him and marilyn they are both so nice. dick is gonna be so missed i minute dad bought kenneys house from them my first place and i loved it and the memories there i have of kenney he was so nice to i loved that the walker family got to take care of him for you all would do it again if he was still here