Raymond "Race" Seales passed away on January 1, 2023. Cremation is planned with a private celebration at a later date. Race spent 38 years as a repairman and installer for AT&T. He was proud of his many titles, professional and personal — phone man, guitarist, bassist, ballplayer, tennis champ and Harley enthusiast.
Beginning in the 1970s, Race became a musical mainstay for several decades at Sheffield Family Life Center in Kansas City, serving as a guitarist/bassist for the teen choir (The Believers) and later the adult choir. He spent many hours each week at home, meticulously marking up his music sheets and perfecting his craft.
Race taught his children the joy of tennis on warm summer nights, the importance of saying "thank you," the value of hard work, the delectability of a greasy pan pizza, and the unwavering love of family.
True to form, Race's final meal was homemade meatloaf and hollered "Go Chiefs" as his last visitors said goodbye on Sunday.
In his final days, Race told everyone who walked through the door, "I'm at peace. I'm ready to go home and be with my mom and dad." He couldn't wait to hug Mom and Dad, Grandma Johnson, Uncle Bob and Aunt Peggy, and his cousin Judy.
Race is survived by his daughter Stephanie Seales (Chad Murphy of Lee's Summit), son Chance Winkler-Seales (Hernan Winkler-Seales of Washington, DC), sister Susie McClaran (Jim McClaran of Blue Springs), twin brother Ricky Seales (Kansas City), and six grandchildren, Payton, Lyla Mae, Jacob, Luke, August and Walter. He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis "Jack" and Ruth Seales.
Race will be dearly missed and forever loved.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel (816) 373-3600)