Obituary: John E. Seward

John E. Seward, 61, passed away in the family home Tuesday, March 9th.

He was born in Eugene, Oregon, the only son of Elwood and Minnie Ruth (Huckins) Seward.

John loved the Canyon Creek area above Cascadia, hunting, fishing, camping and woodcutting off the back roads with his family and dog. In his younger years he worked off the coast with his brother Earl commercial salmon fishing.

He married Alaine “Jody” (Almon) Seward in Michigan 1976. They managed a ski resort and had three children before moving back to Sweet Home when they operated the Frontier Restaurant in the early 80s.

Nothing gave him greater pleasure than cooking up a feast for family and friends. He spent several summers working as a logging camp cook in Alaska. John was also an auto mechanic, worked in suspended ceilings and most recently assisted with Wright towing. He did volunteer work and supported Fair Share.

In recent years his door was always open to anyone needing transitional shelter.

John was very proud of his wife Jody and children. His eldest son John Francis Seward preceded him in death in 2007. He deeply loved and admired his son James Michael Seward and his youngest and only daughter, Marie Therese Ramos.

“Papa John” leaves behind his adored grandchildren, Dakota, Raffie, Jamie and Sophie.

A memorial Mass will be offered on the anniversary of his son’s death, Friday, April 9th 11:00 am at St. Helen’s Church Sweet Home followed by a memory sharing in the church hall.

Contributions can be made to the John F. Seward Memorial Scholarship, Sweet Home High School or Sweet Home Fair Share.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

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