Obituary: Seignemartin, Ewald E. “Sig”
SEIGNEMARTIN, Ewald E. “Sig”
Sig was born May 29, 1929 in Greenfield, Wisconsin to Erich Wigano Seignemartin and Myrtle Fields Seignemartin. He died March 17, 2012 in his own home in Spokane, WA. He is survived by a brother, Elbert E. Seignemartin and family; a sister Eileen Schifano and family; two sons from his first marriage, David Allen Martin and Mark Randall Martin; his wife Ruth; their children, MaraLee Seignemartin Kamstra and Erich Lee Seignemartin and wife Wendy; Sig and Ruth’s three grandchildren, Christina Marie Kamstra, Strider Lee Seignemartin, and Rowan Ash Seignemartin; Christina’s father, Alan Kamstra; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Paul W. and Susan Knoll; niece, Elizabeth Knoll Hicks and husband Neil, nephew, David L. Knoll; and numerous cousins.
Sig led a fascinating life in the rapidly exploding world of electronics. He worked on the Titan missile system and the Apollo guidance systems. His proudest professional accomplishment was that he helped put a man on the moon. Later he worked in Barrow, Alaska on the Distant Early Warning radar system (DEW Line) where he met his wife, Ruth Knoll. They settled in Spokane to establish their family. He worked at Keytronic in the research and development department for many years as well as several other places in Spokane.
He was known for his creativity, innovation, wide interests, the ability to make things work, and his ability to make us all laugh. Always private about his faith, Sig was fully aware of God’s goodness working in his life. His choice to trust God led him to his end of life without fear and in peace.
Those of his family who could be in Spokane celebrated his life and death with a family bonfire. They will hold a memorial service on May 27, 2012 - the weekend of his birthday - in the front yard of his home. All of his friends are invited to that party.