Obituary: John Seward Sr.

John E. Seward Sr., 61, died with family present at his family home on March 9, 2010 after years of heart damage.

He was born Sept. 23, 1948 in Eugene to Elwood M. and Ruth (Huckins) Seward.

He was a father, friend, brother, husband and, to many, a mentor.

Mr. Seward worked in a number of fields, including suspended ceilings and volunteer work for Fair Share and Gleaners. He also ran an always open-door shelter.

Most recently, he worked with his dear close friend and confidant in the auto repair and towing field through Jack Wright and Sons.

His love for pets, outdoors, hunting, fishing, woodcutting and camping was second only to his love for his family. He was most proud of his wife and their three children: eldest son John F. Seward, with whom he is now reunited; middle son, James M. Seward, whom he admired and loved unconditionally every day with all his heart; and youngest child and only daughter Marie Seward Ramos.

He was married to Alaine “Jody” Seward in December 1976. Together they raised and loved their three children and one another more every day than the day before.

He is survived by his wife and children; four grandchildren; and brothers Jim, Andy and Deane.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 9, at St. Helen’s Catholic Church. A reception will follow at the Seward home.

Donations or contributions may be made to the Sweet Home High School John Seward Scholarship or Sweet Home Fair Share Program. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.