Glenn Robert Seifert

Glenn Robert Seifert

Birth
New York, USA
Death 23 Nov 2016 (aged 96)
Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
Burial Grand Ledge, Eaton County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 176123379 · View Source
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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.

Glenn and Joy (Litteral) were married on July 19, 1942. That September, Glenn performed basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi. 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") 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 on 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. In August, they returned to Michigan, settling in Grand Ledge.

Glenn became a licensed general aviation pilot on the GI Bill in 1946. He was a founding member of the Michigan National Guard's Aviation Section in 1947, Major Claire Burpee, commanding. In 1949, he was hired as an 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 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 1942 until 1974. 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 and Joy raised four children. They were actively involved in Grand Ledge schools, Lions Club, Band Boosters, and local fundraising efforts for many charitable organizations. He 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. He also was an avid fan of Michigan State Spartan football and basketball. He enjoyed reading WWII military history and novels, traveling with Joy and his family, and eating ice cream or gelato.

Glenn 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.

A memorial service with military honors will be held November 30, 2016, at the MSU Alumni Memorial Chapel in East Lansing.

ref: Peters & Murray Funeral Home


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  • Created by: LDR
  • Added: 7 Feb 2017
  • Find a Grave Memorial 176123379
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Glenn Robert Seifert (21 Aug 1920–23 Nov 2016), Find a Grave Memorial no. 176123379, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Grand Ledge, Eaton County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by LDR (contributor 47300676) .