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Richard James Seewer Obituary

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Richard James Seewer

Hermiston, OR

June 16, 1947 - February 11, 2024

Richard James Seewer Obituary

Richard James Seewer passed away February 11, 2024, peacefully at home after fighting and enduring a long battle. He was surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 16, 1947, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Richard Carl Seewer and Alberta Rose Milczarek Seewer. He was the beloved little brother of Ronald and sisters Carla and Judie.
Richard married Janet Lee Hill. From their time together, they had their children Maria, James (Jamie) and Justin. Later, he married Patricia Jerome Blanchard. This union brought JR (Richard James, Jr.).Richard had a strong, silent demeanor and was a hard worker. He worked for Union Pacific railroad as an electrician for 41 years. He retired in 2007. In 1998, while working for the railroad, he moved to Oregon. Just prior to the move, he met and married Rebecca (Becky) Sue Larsen. They were married
February 14, 1998 and their marriage was later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised JR and Becky's two children, Natalie and Giles.
Richard enjoyed camping with his family, being out on the boat, and skiing, both in the water and also on the mountain. He loved tinkering in a garage and was almost always working on cars. He
especially loved restoring his Model T, which he showcased, by driving it in the local Watermelon Days parade in Irrigon for several summers. Also, after moving to Oregon, he supported the local
sports teams and spent many years looking after the Irrigon Senior's Center. He has cherished the many friendships he has made in Irrigon.

Richard loved his family and loved having family get togethers and visits. He has 16 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and others that all called him “Papa”. He loved that title!!

Richard is survived by his wife, Becky, his children Jamie, Justin, J R (Mellyssa), Natalie Ellett and Giles Ellett (Britni), his beloved grandchildren and his sisters Carla (Paul Tester) and Judie Barron (Frank Smith).

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ron (Judy Bailey) and his sweet daughter Maria.

The family would like to express appreciation to Good Shepherd Hospice Services and the many friends and family who have supported them.

A celebration of life will be held Sat, March 23, at 2 p.m. in the Boardman LDS church building.

The Boardman Ward will be live streaming the memorial on their YouTube

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