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Glenn R. Seifert

August 21, 1920 November 23, 2016
Glenn R. Seifert
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Glenn Robert Seifert passed away on November 23, 2016, at his residence in Lansing, Michigan. He was 96 years of age. Glenn was born August 21, 1920, in Lee, New York, the son of the late William and Della Seifert of Leslie.

He is survived by sons G. Robert (Karen), William (Sandra), James (Tina); daughter Marianne (Bruce); eleven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and sister Ann Wood of Encinitas, California. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 73 years, Joy; four sisters, and one brother.

Glenn was most proud of his service in the U. S. Army, Michigan Army National Guard, and Michigan State Police. He served his country nearly continuously in the active Army or National Guard from his induction in 1942 until his retirement in 1974, over 30 years. Glenn was a leader who took great pride in recruiting young men into the Army and National Guard, training them to be confident, competent aircraft technicians. Glenn's second career was with the Michigan State Police aviation section, starting in 1974.

Glenn and Joy Seifert were married on July 19, 1942, as the United States was entering World War II in Europe. Married only two months, Glenn performed basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi, in late September. The Army Air Corps then trained him as an aircraft and engine mechanic, with orders to join the 55th Air Service Squadron in support of the 52nd Fighter Group ("Yellow Tails") then in North Africa. Initially employing the British Spitfire, later the P-51 Mustang, Glenn's unit supported General Mark Clark's Fifth Army during the invasions of Corsica and Italy in 1943. Upon occupying Italy, the 52nd's fighters escorted B-17 bombing raids over Germany, Romania, and Greece until VE-Day, May 8, 1945.

Returning to the U. S. in June, 1945, Glenn and Joy were reunited in Orlando, Florida where he awaited additional training and orders to the Pacific Theater. Upon the war's end in August, 1945, Glenn and Joy returned to Michigan, settling in Grand Ledge. He became a licensed general aviation pilot on the GI Bill in 1946. Glenn and Joy went on to raise four children, and were actively involved in the Grand Ledge schools, Lions Club, Band Boosters, and local fundraising efforts for many charitable organizations.

Glenn was a founding member of the Michigan National Guard's Aviation Section in 1947, Major Claire Burpee, commanding. In 1949, he was hired as a full-time ARNG aircraft and engine technician in Grand Ledge. Proficient in most everything in the U. S. Army's aviation inventory, he maintained fixed-wing aircraft including L-17 (Navion), L-19 (Bird Dog), L-20 (Beaver), and rotary types H-19, H-23, H-34, and UH-1B/H (Huey). He was a lifelong learner, regularly attending schools for aircraft used by the military and police departments. Glenn retired from the Michigan National Guard on July 15, 1974 as a Chief Warrant Officer (WO-1).

Glenn's continuous education experiences provided him a second career starting in 1974 with the Michigan State Police Aviation Section as the Chief Aircraft Technician, maintaining several aircraft types.

Glenn was president of the Grand Ledge Lions Club, an active member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a charter member of the World War II Memorial.

Glenn was an avid fan of the Michigan State Spartan football and basketball teams. He enjoyed reading WWII military history and novels, traveling with Joy and his family, eating ice cream or gelato.

In lieu of flowers, Glenn's family requests donations be made in his name to the Alzheimer's Association, or the Grand Ledge Lions Club.

A memorial service with military honors will be held 10:00am, Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at the MSU Alumni Memorial Chapel, 636 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824.

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Wednesday

30

Nov

10:00 AM 11/30/2016 10:00:00 AM
MSU Alumni Memorial Chapel

636 Auditorium Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

MSU Alumni Memorial Chapel
636 Auditorium Road East Lansing 48824 MI
United States
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