June 18, 1942 – December 8, 2010
Shig never closed doors because he was truly born in a barn– he was one of the first babies born at the Santa Anita Relocation Center, better known to most as the Santa Anita Racetrack. His earliest memories were happy ones of the tadpoles in the puddles inside the camps. The government later relocated him and his family to Seabrooke Farms, New Jersey, and at war’s end they made their way to Chicago.
Shig, then known by his middle name of Glenn, graduated from Hirsch High in 1959, where he was an avid wrestler and football player. After a brief stint at junior college Shig joined the US Navy. For 22 ½ years he served happily and enthusiastically, studying typhoons and volcanoes, and forecasting the weather. He retired from the Navy in Corpus Christi, Texas, as an Aerographer’s Mate (PO1/E6) in 1984, and became a bailiff for Judge Blackmon of the 117th District Court. He retired for the second time in December 1999 due to health issues.
Shig lost his long and hard-fought battle with diabetes peacefully and is survived by his wife of 21 years, Jane, his daughter, Ellie, his son, Thomas, and his step-son, Eduardo Medina. He also leaves behind one brother, Wayne, two sisters, Lynne and Carole, a number of nieces and nephews and a loving set of in-laws. He was predeceased by his parents Masami “Sam” and Toshiko Yata Seno, and by his first wife, Nyna Sechler Seno. He will be interred at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. There will be a Memorial Service at 3:00 p.m., Monday, December 27, 2010, at Fellowship of Oso Creek in Corpus Christi, Texas. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Shig’s memory to the South Texas Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Services under the direction of Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Service, Inc. (361) 884-2411.