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Charles Edward Seeger

Husband, Navy captain

Former Claremont resident, Charles “Chuck” Edward Seeger died January 31, 2014 in La Verne. He was 83. Mr. Seeger was a retired captain of the United States Navy.

Captain Seeger was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 11, 1930 to Emil Carl and Freida Simon Seeger. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1952, he embarked on a long naval career, serving on various ships and as a senior instructor in the Weapons Department at the United States Naval Academy from 1962 to 1965. After serving as Executive Officer of the USS Lawrence in Norfolk, Virginia, he attended the Armed Forces Staff College there. He then served as Weapons Officer on the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt out of Mayport, Florida.

In September 1968, Captain Seeger reported to Naval Ordnance Systems Command as Head, Advanced Guided Missile Branch and then as Director, Guided Missile Division. In August 1973, he assumed duties as Naval Plant Representative of General Dynamics in Pomona and became the first Commanding Officer of the Pomona plant when the facility was designated as a Command in 1974.

He retired from the Navy on July 1, 1977. Subsequently, he became Vice President of Quality Control at General Dynamics in Pomona.

Captain Seeger enjoyed woodworking and model trains. His Christmas season HO train display was known to many in Claremont and La Verne, and was featured in a story in the Progress Bulletin.

As a longtime member of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Pomona he was a moderator and served on boards.

Captain Seeger is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret E. Seeger of La Verne; his three children, Susan Selters (Ben) of Claremont, Kate Myers (Ron) of Rancho Cucamonga and Chuck Seeger (Leanne) of Thousand Oaks, and by his grandchildren, Joshua Seeger (Ang), Cole Seeger, Curtis Seeger, Clark Selters, Charlotte Selters, Brittany Carpenter (Kent); and by his first great-grandchild, Lexi Marie Seeger born December 25, 2013.

He is also survived by his siblings, Howard C. Seeger, Robert L. Seeger and Elaine J. Treff and their families; and by his sister-in-law Laura E. Bartholme (Ed) and her family all of Maryland. He is also survived by families of his deceased brother-in-law, John H. Borleis Jr., all of Maryland.

The family invites friends to a reception on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Smeltzer Lounge at Hillcrest, 2705 Mt. View Dr., La Verne, California 91750. A private service will be held at Riverside National Cemetery with full military honors.

Donations in Captain Seeger’s name can be made to the United States Navy Memorial at P.O. Box 96570, Washington DC 20090-6570 or to the Good Samaritan Fund at Hillcrest.

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