Today I may have found out why SEEDY died. As I mentioned in his eulogy, he may have challenged the GHO I'd recently put in their flight area. He's been in there for almost two decades and has had many, many other owls sharing his space, this time it was different and resulted in his death. Today I found an egg hidden in a corner, an owl egg. That means I had the sex wrong on one of them, SEEDY or SMIDGE is a female.
They've been together for six years but apparently it's been a long courtship and it ended with SEEDY trying to be dominant with the newcomer. As I still have his body I can have an autopsy done to determine the sex but that won't bring him back so I'll just go on as is.