Edward Seifert of East Tawas passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 at the age of 91.
He was born in Bay City on Nov., 21, 1921 to Edward F. Seifert Sr. and Grace (Royal) Seifert. In 1940 he graduated from East Tawas High School. He worked in Detroit at two automakers following school. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he joined the service in the Army Air Corps where he became a flight mechanic and then a navigator. He worked on and flew in B-17s which he loved and later B-24s while stationed in the Philippine Islands. He was honorably discharged at the end of the war.
In September 1946 he married Leona "Nona" Loffman of East Tawas. Together, they had four children, Randy, Kim, Kurt and Liisa. In the 1950s he proudly worked as an electrician for the Anderson Coach company until it closed. He worked as an operator at Saginaw-Midland Water Supply until retirement. In 1967, Governor George Romney appointed him Iosco County's first Friend of the Court. This part-time job in a small back corner of the courthouse grew into a full time profession with multiple offices and employees. He retired in 1985.
Aside from his family, Ed had two loves his entire life, fishing and magic. He never missed an opportunity to fish, always carrying his pole with him in his car if the opportunity presented itself. He took his family all over America and Canada, sometimes in search of a good fishing hole. At the age of 89 he was still making the trek to the Outer Banks once a year to surf fish with old friends and family. As a young man, Ed began learning simple magic tricks. He loved to entertain friends and sometimes complete strangers by instantly turning an everyday item such as a quarter or a cigarette into an illusion that perplexed them. He skillfully performed magic tricks up to his final week on earth.
Ed has been elected to the city council for East Tawas, a member and past commander of the American Legion, a member of the Elks Club
, a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the official organizer of the ETHS class reunions and an honorary Finn.
He is survived by his children, Randy (Sally) Seifert of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Joann Seifert of Tawas City, Kurt (Shellee) Seifert of Shelby Township and Liisa Seifert Whitman (Jim) of Williamston. Also surviving five grandchildren, Liz Goble, Kristin Ranshaw, Grace and Hunter Whitman and Hailee Seifert; along with five great-grandchildren, whom he loved very much. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Blake of East Tawas.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kim; and his loving wife of 62 years, Nona.
Memorials can be sent to Grace Lutheran Church of East Tawas or the
A viewing will be held at Buresh Funeral Home, Tawas City, on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in East Tawas, with visitation at 10am. Following the service he will be interned next to Nona in the American Legion Cemetery. A small luncheon at the church will follow.