Richard Vernon Seaboldt AIFD, AAF, PFCI, 77 from Kansas City Missouri passed away on March 13, 2016 at home. A celebration of his colorful life will be held on Sunday April 17, 2016 at Signature Funerals 8019 Stateline Kansas City MO 64114 from 1:00-4:00p.m.
Richard ended up in Kansas City after serving our country in the US Navy where he first began working at the American Academy of Family Practitioners. He had worked at Schnell’s Florist in Fayette, Missouri prior to coming to Kansas City and on one fateful day as he was re-arranging the lobby flowers (even though that wasn’t his job) an introduction to Mr. John Liesveld who owned the beautiful flower shop Liesveld’s was lined up. After ten years with Mr. Liesveld, Richard went to work for Trapp’s at the Crown Center store and in 1975 opened his own flower shop R.V. Seaboldt Custom Florist just off the Plaza.
A passionate, charming, funny, highly talented man he was and his passion has inspired so many to follow their dream of floral design. Besides his love of flowers, he pursued many creative outlets such as gourmet cooking, event planning, collecting antiques, auctioneering, and fund raising. He was deeply involved with American Institute of Floral Designers not only as a presenter and national board member but he served on the board and as President of South Central region of AIFD. In 2014, AIFD presented him with its Award of Distinguished Service to the Floral Industry in Chicago, IL. A scholarship fund in his name has been started with AIFD Foundation so that his name and incredible contribution to this industry will not be forgotten.
In September of 2015 he was presented the Tommy Bright award from the Society of American Florists Professional Floral Communicators-International during the Amelia Island convention which signifies a lifetime achievement in floral presentation
Richard leaves his life partner of 45 years Robert Salsman, his brothers Eldon and Eugene Seaboldt, his sister Jane Corzette and their families which he loved dearly, his dog “Scamper” who was always by his side and host of friends. The family would like to thank the VA Medical Center for their care and compassion along with Kansas City Hospice.
Richard was not an “in lieu of flowers” kind of guy. He loved flowers. So we would like to say “in addition to flowers” the family would appreciate donations to his memorial fund:
Richard Seaboldt Fund % AIFD Foundation
6916 Vista Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50266.
Envelopes will be available at the Celebration of Life for donations or they can be made on line at www.aifdfoundation.org Please make sure you designate his name in the memo line.
My condolences to Richard’s family abd friends.
What a great Guy when I worked as Off, Mgr. at Liesfeld’s.
My condolences to Bob. Richard was a wonderful and joyful person. He was so talented and just fun to be with.
I know he will be missed. Rest in peace Richard.
Our family loved Dick and will remember him fondly with a smile on our faces. He worked for our father, F. Roy Anderson, at the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dick designed the flowers for my wedding, Starr’s wedding and Mickey’s wedding. He was the first to appear at Mom’s door after Dad died, holding a bowl of his and Bob’s delicious cold spaghetti salad. His generous spirit and quick wit is something I’ll always hold dear.
Jill Anderson Claxton, along with siblings Mickey, Todd and Starr Anderson
You said it all for me Jill. Except that when Dick was at Liesveld’s, He met Ken Mann and his stepdaughter, Donna. Donna and I have been together for seven years in Florida and Mexico. Donna and I have often thought about Dick, and will continue to do so.
Dick Seaboldt was a friend of my family for as long as I can remember. He worked with my stepfather, Ken Mann, at Liesveld’s for many years. Some of my favorite memories include our annual Halloween parties that Ken “produced” and Dick was always the showcase guest. His costumes, his flair for originality and front row fun was unsurpassed! Though I had not seen Dick for many years, I guess it was just a comfort to know that he was in this world, making it a better place.
Deepest condolences to Bob on Dick’s passing. Both men played a large role in my wedding, besides being close friends to my brother Robert Tredway, for many years. Rest in peace, Dick.
For many seasons Ruchard turned my high rise condo a fantasy land appropriate for the holiday! He turned my terraces into inviting clouds in the skies. He loved my huge walk in closet with a large middle island. One year he decorated a tree with tiny sparkling lights for that center island. One afternoon he counted my shoes and handbags placing surprises in some of them. A one-of-Akins, to be sure! He truly loved the gift of each day. Thank you SIDELINES FLORISTS of KC for introducing me to Richard! RIP