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.


Posted by Richard Seward on August 12, 2021
Happy birthday, Dad! We love and miss you every day.
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 Richard Seward on August 12, 2021
Happy birthday, Dad! We love and miss you every day.
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
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Richard Harley Seward ~ In a Few Words

Richard Harley Seward was born in Mason City, IA, to Kenneth and Jane Seward. He had a younger brother, John, two years his junior, who sadly passed away from cancer in 1993. One of Richard’s fondest memories was being able to attend with both his brother and father the 1986 Rose Bowl featuring the Iowa Hawkeyes vs. the UCLA Bruins. Unfortunately, an Iowa victory was not in the cards that year.

Kenneth worked as an auto body mechanic, and Richard enjoyed learning about automotive repair alongside his father. In their youth, John and Richard were extremely close and enlisted together to join the conflict in Vietnam, John with the U.S. Air Force and Richard with the U.S. Army, where he reached the rank of Artillery Sergeant before ending his service and returning home.

On January 11, 1969, Richard joined in holy matrimony the love of his life, Marilyn (née Austin). They would move to San Diego, CA, eventually settling into their forever home in Santee, a San Diego suburb.

Richard attended San Diego State University where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music. His focus was on voice and for a short time, he sang as part of the chorus with the San Diego Opera. While he entertained aspirations of becoming a professional, touring opera singer, he wanted to be a father very much more. So, when his son, Richard Kendon (not a junior!) was born, he couldn’t conceive of being away from his family as would be demanded by his participation in the opera world, and he sacrificed that dream to devote himself to his dream of fatherhood (he would, however, continue to sing as part of church choirs for the next four decades).

In 1978, Richard and Marilyn welcomed their second child, Jamie Janette, and their family was complete.

Richard’s world revolved around his wife and children. He worked hard to make sure his beloved family was wanting for none of the necessities of life. Even in the end, his family was foremost in his mind.

Richard was a quiet man. He could appear distant, but he was always taking in the events around him. Though first impressions of him might have revealed a profoundly serious, driven individual, he was also a classic gentleman, full of dry humor, playful mischief, and always caring and compassionate.

In retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife and being with her in the kitchen cooking whatever recipes caught their fancy.

In the end, he was taken far too soon, but his memory will live on with those lucky enough to find themselves within his sphere of influence. Richard didn’t really have close friends. He had a family, immediate and extended, made up of individuals who he welcomed into his life and who benefitted from his fierce loyalty.

Richard left this life as he entered it – loved beyond words; his will be a memory that never fades.

Richard is survived by his wife, Marilyn (with whom he shared nearly 52 years of marriage); son and daughter-in-law – Rich and Charlotte; daughter and son-in-law – Jamie and Chris Queen; Aunt Nancy Price; Uncle Bill and Aunt Ann Rapelje; sister-in-law Pam Seward; Victoria Seward (niece); T.J. and Brian Seward (nephews); Ciara Seward (great-niece). He is preceded in death by Kenneth and Jane (mother and father) and John (brother).
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One Year Gone

Shared by Richard Seward on December 15, 2021
Dad,
Today, it's been one year since we had to let you go. Though you are no longer in pain, and we are so grateful for that, our hearts still ache in the wake of your absence. You were gone too soon, and none of us were prepared to say goodbye (as if anyone really ever is). But we endure. You'd be proud of your daughter, who works tirelessly to care for Mom and ensure she is comfortable - just as you did. You guys raised that kid right (we'll overlook the early fits in starts; just kidding you sister). That girl is strong, but I hope she understands the weight of the world does not rest on her shoulders. I hope she takes time for herself and finds the quiet moments to cherish your memory and attend to her own grief. Mom remains resilient. She misses you like only someone who has spent nearly 52 years with another can. She carries on as best she can. Know, Dad, she is loved and taken care of, as was your final wish. As for me, I'm not sure a day goes by that I don't think of you, that I don't reach for the phone to share with you something funny (at least to me) or something infuriating (again, at least to me). I think you would be happy with where I have landed after having to do some serious course correcting. I'm often told that I should rest easy and know that you were proud of me. I have always struggled with that - even when you were here. Sometimes, I felt like such a disappointment. But, now, I think I can believe I'm in a place that would make you proud. You have been, and will always be my hero (Sister, The Wife, and Mom each running close second - sorry dear). I miss you every day. I don't expect the days ahead to get any easier without you. But with time comes acceptance, and I can live with that. Though you are no longer present in body, I know there are still so many hearts keeping your memory alive. Mine pounds loud in the fore. I hope you can hear it. I love you, Old Man.
Forever Your Son,
Rich (aka The Firstborn)  

Father's Day

Shared by Richard Seward on June 20, 2021
Happy Father's Day, Dad. This is the first one without you. Another first of many first's to come that you won't be here to share with me, with us. I have to have faith, though, that you won't be far.

Today, we celebrate the father you were...the father you will always be.

Love you, old man!
Rich

With You - A Poem

Shared by Richard Seward on June 20, 2021
Since those earnest vows voiced years ago,
The golden band placed upon your youthful finger,
And forever since our first kiss
Shared as husband and wife,
I have been with you.

Since holding you in my arms,
Nurturing you toward the unique lives
You will eventually lead, with deepest pride,
I have been with you.

I ask, if grieve you must,
Grieve only the absence of my body.
Rather, celebrate the constant soul that carries on.
Mourn not the husband and father whose soft words,
Whose spirited laughter sounds
No longer throughout this humble home.
Despair not the loss of this friend and friendships
Shared over years as are shared the bonds of family.

Though heartache may be born from our separation,
Measured in immeasurable gulfs of space and time,
Know I am merely beyond a thin, transparent veil,
And I walk there, treading with you the self-same path,
The winding open road
Upon which we began our journey entwined so long ago.

Go and take in life to its fullest.
Do not look back, for you will not find me there.
My memory, your remembrance of me,
Follows you and will forever be with you.

Hear and follow my voice, my song
Sung with angels on high. Hear my enduring
Expressions of love eternal.
For this is the way set alight with ethereal brilliance.

This is the shimmering beacon,
A resounding hymn sung for you  
To follow, that will guide you
To where I will welcome you home,
To where our spirits, our souls,
May embrace once again in unending love.
To where I am with you again.

― Richard K. Seward