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Richard Seymour

Richard L. Seymour

Saturday, August 17th, 1940 - Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
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Obituary

Richard L. Seymour, Sr., 80, of Watervliet, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Caretel Inn of Lakeland, St. Joseph.

Richard was born August 17, 1940 in Muskegon, MI to Norman and Dorothy (Smith) Seymour. Dick worked for Whirlpool for many years as a technician before his retirement in 1999. He continued to work as a technician several years past his retirement. Dick was a man with many skills and liked to keep busy. If he thought something was interesting, he invested his time in learning to do it. He had many hobbies, which included cooking, gardening, woodworking, dancing and beekeeping. His family fondly remembers him selling his wooden jewelry and ornaments at craft fairs, as well as his homemade syrup and salsa. He also enjoyed spending his evenings dancing at the DANK.

Dick is survived by his children, Elizabeth Seymour, Rebecca (Smitti) Pock, Richard Seymour, Jr., David Seymour, and Paula Moore; his seven grandchildren; his two great grandchildren; and his brothers, Norman (Joyce) Seymour, and Leonard Seymour. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the SPCA of SW Michigan, www.spcaswmich.org or a charity of your choice.
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Fred Chernetski

Posted at 09:39am
Seymour was a man with many interests, always in pursuit of the next opportunity. He willingly shared life’s lessons with his coworkers at Whirlpool. But that wasn’t always the case: One of the earliest lessons he taught me was the wrong direction to feed lumber into a radial arm saw. That lesson had to be coaxed from him because he was embarrassed by the bump on his head. He had been rough cutting components for a grandfather clock, carefully pushing with a scrap of wood, when the work piece suddenly flew against the basement wall and ricocheted back to him. At the time I thought it was a freak accident. I didn’t know him very well yet.

The lessons continued, and the teacher’s skills evolved. After Seymour joined Whirlpool Toastmasters, we didn’t have to coax the lessons any more. Each Monday morning, we came to expect another narrative with multiple puns, punch lines, and chuckles.

When we remember Seymour, let’s recall a time when he brought smiles to our faces. Maybe you can even recall a time he brought on so much laughter that tears ran down your leg. That’s how he wanted to be remembered.

I’ll offer a toast; “two fingers of bourbon” to Seymour the Toastmaster.

Fred Chernetski
 
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Beth A Seymour Posted at 01:45am

Thank you Fred!
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Christine Reisig

Posted at 09:47am
Paula and Family,
Mr. "Richard" aka my flower man/dance partner had a ZEST for life. He will be sadly missed by so many! I bought MANY flowers from him on his 63 truck shop, and at his home. I LOVED visiting with him at the DANK and dancing.
May GOD bless all of you during this loss and give you strength.

Christine Reisig
 
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Beth Seymour Posted at 10:04am

Thank you Christine!
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