In memory of
Norman W. Seip
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In memory of
Norman W. Seip
Norman W. Seip, a Chicago native, died on July 20, 2018 in Evanston. He was 99 years old. Norman was born on December 12, 1918 in Chicago to the former Ella A. Hausler and Ernst W.J. Seip. He was educated in the Chicago public schools, graduating from Tilden Technical High School as Valedictorian in 1936. He then attended the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, where he was elected Junior Class President in 1938-1939 and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1940. Norm was hired by General Electric immediately upon graduation and was assigned to the Erie, PA works of GE as a Management Trainee. When World War II broke out, the Erie Works shifted its production to war materiel, and Norman worked as a test engineer for electric torpedoes. Following the war, he worked in increasingly responsible management positions in various parts of GE Erie's businesses. He took early retirement from GE in 1974 and went on to become President of Westcode, Inc, the US subsidiary of Westinghouse Brake and Signal, before founding Norman W. Seip and Associates, a railway equipment constancy to railroads and railroad equipment leasing companies in 1979. He sold this company in 2005. In 1945, Norman married the former Margaret Ann "Dee" Decker of Erie. She survives him. Together they raised two children in Erie, Tom Seip, now of Easton, Maryland, and Christy Seip Fowler of Winnetka, IL. In addition to his wife and children, Norman leaves four grandchildren, Parker Seip and Jake Seip, Hayley Fowler Monahan, and Liza Fowler, plus two great grandchildren. Oliver Norman Seip and Amelia Margaret Seip. Norman was a life-long sailor and boater. He was an avid gardener, tending to his flowers and vegetables until his late 80's. He and Dee enjoyed spending winters at their condominium in Naples, Florida, for over twenty-five years. Naples became their primary residence for two years after leaving Erie and before moving to The Mather retirement community in Evanston to allow daughter Christy to manage their care. In addition to his parents, Norman was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Seip Shea, of Cincinnati, OH. A memorial service celebrating Norman's life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 250 W. 7th Street, Erie, PA at 11 am on July 31. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in his name to The Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First St, SW, Rochester, MN 55905; or The Salvation Army of Erie, 1022 Liberty St., P.O. Box 737, Erie, PA 16512.
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In memory of
Norman W. Seip
Norman W. Seip, a Chicago native, died on July 20, 2018 in Evanston. He was 99 years old. Norman was born on December 12, 1918 in Chicago to the former Ella A. Hausler and Ernst W.J. Seip. He was educated in the Chicago public schools, graduating from Tilden Technical High School as Valedictorian in 1936. He then attended the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, where he was elected Junior Class President in 1938-1939 and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1940. Norm was hired by General Electric immediately upon graduation and was assigned to the Erie, PA works of GE as a Management Trainee. When World War II broke out, the Erie Works shifted its production to war materiel, and Norman worked as a test engineer for electric torpedoes. Following the war, he worked in increasingly responsible management positions in various parts of GE Erie's businesses. He took early retirement from GE in 1974 and went on to become President of Westcode, Inc, the US subsidiary of Westinghouse Brake and Signal, before founding Norman W. Seip and Associates, a railway equipment constancy to railroads and railroad equipment leasing companies in 1979. He sold this company in 2005. In 1945, Norman married the former Margaret Ann "Dee" Decker of Erie. She survives him. Together they raised two children in Erie, Tom Seip, now of Easton, Maryland, and Christy Seip Fowler of Winnetka, IL. In addition to his wife and children, Norman leaves four grandchildren, Parker Seip and Jake Seip, Hayley Fowler Monahan, and Liza Fowler, plus two great grandchildren. Oliver Norman Seip and Amelia Margaret Seip. Norman was a life-long sailor and boater. He was an avid gardener, tending to his flowers and vegetables until his late 80's. He and Dee enjoyed spending winters at their condominium in Naples, Florida, for over twenty-five years. Naples became their primary residence for two years after leaving Erie and before moving to The Mather retirement community in Evanston to allow daughter Christy to manage their care. In addition to his parents, Norman was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Seip Shea, of Cincinnati, OH. A memorial service celebrating Norman's life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 250 W. 7th Street, Erie, PA at 11 am on July 31. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in his name to The Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First St, SW, Rochester, MN 55905; or The Salvation Army of Erie, 1022 Liberty St., P.O. Box 737, Erie, PA 16512.
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Services Provided By
Burton Funeral Homes and Crematory
602 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16502
Past Services ╲╱
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