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Ronald D. Seaman 1936-2017

January 24, 2017
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Ronald D. Seaman of Emmetsburg was Monday, Jan. 23, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Peter Morlock officiated.

Inurnment was in Crown Hill Cemetery, Ruthven. Military rites were presented by members of V.F.W. Post #2295, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Ronald Dean Seaman, son of Lee and Lillian (Seymore) Seaman, was born Jan. 2, 1936 in Ruthven. He graduated from Spencer High School and attended Wayne State college in Wayne, NE for one year where he played football for the Wildcats.

He entered the United States Navy in 1956 and was stationed on the U.S.S. Philippine Sea Antiaircraft carrier and served as Naval Photograher.

On Dec. 15, 1957, Ron was united in marriage to Diane Hofstad at the First Congregation Church in Spencer. Ron and Diane moved to San Diego, CA, where Ron was stationed at Miramar Naval Air Station. Ron was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1960.

He continued his love of photography and journalism, accepting a job with the Cherokee Times in Cherokee. In 1964 he took a job as Sports Editor for the Forest City Summit and in 1968 Ron and his family moved to Emmetsburg where he was named Editor for the Emmetsburg Reporter and Democrat. He worked there until 1976.

After a long newspaper career, Ron accepted a position with KEMB Radio. He did broadcasting for six years. In 1979 Ron and Diane became owners and publishers of the Predicament Wrestling Magazine. They earned a great deal of notoriety for this publication throughout the state of Iowa and beyond.

Ron and Diane saved the "best for last" when, in 1983, they opened their own photography, matting and framing business, Ron's Photography. They worked side by side photographing weddings, individual and family portraits, sporting events and school photos.

After Diane's death in 2003, Ron continued to live in the family home on Five Island Lake and do custom matting and framing. In 2014 he moved to Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail in Ankeny.

Ron loved fishing and hunting. He was always ready for a game of golf or Cribbage with his friends. He was an avid fan of all sporting events and was especially proud of his sons' accomplishments. After becoming a grandpa, he never hesitated to share what events they were participating in as well.

Ron was a devoted and active member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce, serving as past Board Member, and he served on the City Council. Ron was a promoter of Emmetsburg, through the school and the city.

Ron passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 at Vintage Hills in Ankeny, at the age of 81. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Diane; brothers, Earlen Seaman, Ernest Seaman, Bob Seaman and infant brother, Frank Seaman; and sisters, Evelyn Miller and Betty Hofstad.

He is survived by his children, Tim Seaman of Sioux City; Todd Seaman and his wife, Jackie of Des Moines; and Ty Seaman and his wife, Joanie of Storm Lake; five grandchildren, Maggie, Cassie, Ben, Nic and Nora; nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.

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