Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Richard M. Seidel

May 21, 1926 - February 18, 2020


Date and Time

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077


Rabbi Debra Nesselson

Interment - Private


Glenner Residence
143 Cary Avenue
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
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Memorial Contributions

Rush Medical Center
Dr. Joseph Hennessy Scholarship Fund
Evans Scholarship Fund


Richard M. "Dick" Seidel, 93

Beloved husband of Judith nee Jaffe. Richard Seidel, former CEO and President of Guarantee Reserve Life Insurance Company and resident of Highland Park, IL. died at his home on Wednesday February 18, 2020 surrounded by family and his friend and caretaker Ben. Richard was born in 1926 in Chicago to Maree and Alexander Seidel. He was raised on the south side of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois. On April 11, 1948 he married Judith nee Jaffe, his true love. He and Judy had 4 children; Jan (Frank) Bomher, Karen (Ron) Krefman, Laurie (Cary) Glenner and Richard (Carla) Seidel. They raised their children in Flossmoor, IL. He is survived by his children and was a proud grandfather to his sixteen grandchildren; MaryPat (Andy) Campbell, Francis Bomher Jr, Michael Bomher, Kathleen (Mike Genaze) Bomher, Sarah Bomher, Rachel Bomher, Daniel (Benni) Krefman, Brad (Eric McFarland) Krefman, Adam (Amy) Krefman, Doug (Jamie) Krefman, Lesley (Daniel Wilson) Glenner, Jeffrey (Jessica Knochel) Glenner, Lisa (Michael) Boilini, Amy (Matt) Cicero, Julie (Nick) Standiford and Mark (Kinsey) Seidel. He was a cherished great-grandfather to 15 (+ one on the way) great-grandchildren. Also, to dear companion Anita Rosenblum. Richard was a loving father and devoted husband to Judy even beyond her passing in 2000. He was a sharp businessman and was instrumental in building a family-owned insurance company. He loved golf, clean cars, an organized closet, dressing stylishly and whistling cheerfully. Richard was philanthropic and charitable; he was a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. He was a 79-year diabetic- a true scientific anomaly. Dick wrote the book on what it means to be a family man. His thoughts and actions behind his business dealings and big decisions throughout his life were always made through the lens of his family. He cherished his beloved Judy and was ever so-proud of the three-generation Family he created. He tracked and retained with great detail, each family members' progress through daily calls to his four children right up until the end. All will miss his cheery morning check-ins. Indeed, a life well lived! A funeral service will be held Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10AM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. Rabbi Debra Nesselson will preside. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in honor of the wonderful medical care he received throughout his life, to Rush Medical Center, Dr. Joseph Hennessy Scholarship Fund ( or to Evans Scholarship Fund ( Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Sean Murphy

Mr Seidel was the nicest & most classy member @ Ravisloe CC (#3. 55) A good man

Stephenie Willen

Laurie and family, I am sorry to hear of your father's passing, he sounded like such a wonderful man. Love Stephenie & Glenn

Mark Krefman

My thoughts, sympathy, and prayers are with the Seidel family.

Mr. Seidel was in deed a model family and community leader.

It was my pleasure to be a part of his,and his beloved wife's, large "extended families" and groups of friends.

He was a positive thinker, a self disciplined, hard working, responsible, understanding, and respectful gentleman.

He was appreciated by many including myself, MyLinh, my children, and my now deceased parents- who respected him greatly. I believe many many more people share these sentiments.

He will most assuredly be remembered and missed. May he rest in peace and be remebered for all of his good deeds that helped so many others.
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