John Raden Seal

July 11, 1930May 28, 2020

On Thursday, May 28, 2020, John Raden Seal, loving brother passed away at age 90.

John was born on July 11, 1930, in Chandler, OK to John Everett and Lavera Katherine (Smith) Seal. He graduated from Seaside Union High School, Seaside, Oregon class of 1948. He enrolled in pre-med at Oregon State College and received his Doctor of Dental Medicine from University of Oregon Dental School. While attending OSC he joined the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and remained active with that organization the rest of his life.

Upon receiving his doctorate, he joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps and served in Korea during the conflict. Following military service John opened and maintained his practice in the Medical Arts Building in Portland for the next forty-two years. He specialized in health care to the elderly and infirm at bedside.

From a young age he had a passion for painting and sketching. John loved fishing the streams and rivers of the Northwest where he could commune with nature and the wild. Clam digging at Seaside was a favorite sport, and he was good at it. He spent many happy times with good friend and noted cardiologist Dr. Jay Hoyt, golfing, fishing, and tramping the woods. He also was an avid music lover and supported the Portland Opera for many years. John was known for his kind and generous nature.

He was preceded in death by his father John and mother Lavera with whom he will be interred in a private ceremony at Riverview Cemetery. John is survived by his brother Bob, sister-in-law Anna Maria Brunetta Seal, of McKinney, TX, and nieces Stephanie Bolt of Dallas, TX, and Debbie Schneiderwind of Las Vegas, NV.

John was ordained as a ruling elder and deacon in the Presbyterian Church, USA. He was a longtime member and strong supporter of Kenilworth Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR. A few of his countless contributions to the church included serving on the governing board, the deacons board, teaching Sunday school, and making heavenly desserts. Address: 4028 SE 34th Ave. Portland, OR, 97202. Phone: 503-235-3977;

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 11th at 11AM, due to restrictions of COVID19, only church staff will be present for the service. The church and John's family requests that you stay safe and at home to watch the live streaming of the service on the Finley Sunset Hills Facebook page. Please select the livestream link on this page to view the service. Thank you for your understanding.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, July 11, 2020



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Peter Nelson

July 11, 2020

It was a privilege to know John.
He spoke often of family and friends. Bob he remembered that ride in the jet in Korea. Of Margaret and her help in organizing his life. Of his two nieces who visited often.
I met john through Evergreen Investment club. John was one of the long time members. I remember John made a significant withdrawal from his club account. What remained was all profit from his years of membership. What an example to others.
Yes, he was an excellent apple pie baker.. But it included a beautiful pie carrier.
I wish he had lived longer so we could have hiked, fished and dug clams together. I have some of his salmon flies to remember him by.
Rest in Peace John
Pete Nelson

Nancy Freyer

July 6, 2020

I remember John from when he joined the church in 1972. He was always an active member. He had such a love for baking which he shared often. He knew all the great restaurants in Portland and we shared not only meals but great conversation on all the current topics. In recent years, I and another couple from church took day trips to the Gorge with a picnic lunches and to the Oregon coast. We would spend Easter and Christmas Holidays together. John was thoughtful, caring and generous. I shall truly miss him. Blessings, Nancy Freyer

Richard Jaskiel

July 2, 2020

I first knew John decades ago as a fellow member of Sertoma, a service organization which met in downtown Portland. I subsequently chose him as my dentist; he did excellent work. He met me at his office on a Saturday afternoon (outside of normal working hours) to attend to a sudden dental emergency. Working alone, he spent a few hours managing all the necessary tasks to solve my problem. I was grateful -- and impressed by his skills and ability to work without any assistance. John was a wonderful human being; I will always remember his unique style. Interestingly, he often cited his fondness for Heath toffee candy bars. Even dentists love their candy! Farewell John...

Shirley McIntyre

June 28, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of John’s passing. My thoughts are with Bob and his family at this difficult time. John’s friendship date back to Phi Psi days, years as a practicing dentist and dear friend after retirement. John loved fishing, baking and his family. John and my husband, Don, spent many hours fishing here and in B.C. He was a kind, considerate person who always put other’s needs before his own. He will be missed by many.

Linda McIntyre

June 28, 2020

John was my childhood dentist as well as a family friend. He and my parents were great friends for many years and shared many fishing and camping trips together. John was a kind man and will be missed by so many.