Maurice E. Seelig

Bridge tender, 71Maurice E. "Mauri" Seelig, 71, of Warrenton, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 in Astoria.

Mr. Seelig was born Feb. 9, 1932 in Lisbon, N.D., to Edward Chris and Martha Tina Hellberg Falk Seelig. He grew up in Lisbon and received his education there.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was 18 and served during the Korean War, stationed in Alaska before it was part of the United States. His parents moved to Warrenton while he was in the service, and when his term ended he settled there.

On Feb. 9, 1954 he married Joanne Richardson in Warrenton. She survives, living in Warrenton.

Mr. Seelig started working at Prouty Lumber Mill. He then worked for Pacific Power & Light Co. and later S.P. & S. Railroad, which became Burlington Northern, for more than 37 years. He started working as a bridge tender for the John Day Bridge and was relief tender for the Youngs Bay Bridge and Clatskanie Bridge, retiring in May 1990.

Family members said his hobbies included going to garage sales, baseball, bowling, coin collecting and visiting with friends.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Seelig is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Mike Dougherty of Astoria, Karla and Ron Fortelney of Rainier and Kristi and Bill Davis of Warrenton; a grandson and his wife, Nicholas and Melissa Fortelney of Rainier; two granddaughters, Ashley Fortelney of Rainier and Chelsey Gustafson of Astoria; two nephews, Bruce Harris of Ilwaco, Wash., and Jim Harris of Phoenix, Ariz.; three brothers and two sisters. Six brothers and sisters died earlier.

Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary in Astoria.

A funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday at Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, followed by interment in Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 380 S.E. Spokane St., Suite 110, Portland, OR 97202.


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