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    Glenn Zieseniss

    I just got this e-mail this morning about gwz2:

    "Dear friends,

    I have just learned that Glenn Zieseniss, our longtime friend and leading member of the electrical inspection community, has passed away. It was only last week that we learned that he was gravely ill.

    I do not know any real details, suffice to say that we no longer have the pleasure of his company. It is certain that his family was at his side. I am forwarding the published obituary and it shows that his family is much larger than I was aware.

    Services will be held Saturday at 10:00 am at the Pruzin & Little Chapel. Friends may call at Pruzin & Little Funeral Service, 811 East Franciscan Drive in Crown Point, Indiana on Friday, January 16 from 2-8 PM (cdt). The phone number at the funeral home is 219-663-4302 and their web site address is: www.pruzinfuneralservice.com.

    Sincerely,

    David R. Stalf
    President
    Northwest Indiana Division,
    Indiana chapter of the IAEI"

    Glenn was gwz2, member #48 and was an inspector in Northern Indiana in Crown Point. Glenn was a friend that I served with on the board of directors of the Indiana chapter of the IAEI and I always looked forward to seeing him at the meetings. Glenn always made good solid posts to this forum and I will miss him.
    Charlie Eldridge, Indianapolis, Utility Power Guy
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    Re: Glenn Zieseniss

    This is the obituary:

    Glenn Zieseniss

    Glenn W. Zieseniss Crown Point Glenn W. Zieseniss, age 78, a lifetime resident of Crown Point, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2004. He is survived by four children: Linda (Dean) Bradley of Valparaiso, Joy (Rich) Spencer of Charleston, SC, Mark (Catherine) Zieseniss of Idaville, IN and Lori (Bill) Gramenz of Crown Point; 10 grandchildren: Glenda (fiance Jim Walsh) Burke of Valparaiso, Deann (Steve) Knoche of Valparaiso, Tracey (Robert) Caldwell of SC, Trisha Spencer of SC, Sherry (Jeri- miah) Johnson of Monticello, Rhonda Zieseniss of Idaville, IN, Glenn Donald Zieseniss of Idaville, IN, Kandi Anderson of Cedar Lake, Kelly Gramenz of Lafayette and Timothy Gramenz of Crown Point; 13 great grandchildren; brother, Albert (Frances) Zieseniss of Crown Point. Preceded in death by loving wife, Doris. Mr. Zieseniss was a member of Electrician's Local #697 for over 55 years. He was an electrical inspector for Crown Point and East Chicago, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Crown Point and a member of International Association of Electrical Inspectors since 1985. He was an Army Veteran of World War II and a graduate of Crown Point High School, class of 1944. Friends may call at Pruzin & Little Funeral Service, 811 East Franciscan Drive (on State Road 55 south of State Road 231), Crown Point on Friday, January 16, 2004 from 2-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Pruzin & Little Chapel with Rev. Matt Sauer officiating. At rest Calumet Park Cemetery. www.pruzinfuneralservice. com.
    Published in The Times from 1/15/2004 - 1/16/2004.
    Charlie Eldridge, Indianapolis, Utility Power Guy
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    Re: Glenn Zieseniss

    Charlie, thank you for letting us know about this

    My condolences and prayers to Glenns family

    Glenn will be missed here too, he was a great teacher here.

    Roger
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    Re: Glenn Zieseniss

    I too am very saddened to hear of this, as I always thought very highly of Glenn.

    Perhaps someone that knows Bennie's e-mail address should let him know...I know that Bennie always liked Glenn.

    [ January 16, 2004, 09:50 AM: Message edited by: ryan_618 ]
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    Re: Glenn Zieseniss

    I didn't know Glenn personally, but looked forward to his input on things. He will be missed.

    I found this article about Glenn awhile ago, now in the EC&M Archives:
    GLENN ZIESENISS
    Retired Lineman and Electrician
    Crown Point, Ind.
    Started in Industry: 1946

    Glenn Zieseniss got his start in the electrical industry courtesy of a milkman. “I lived on a farm, and the milkman quit his job and went to work for the electric line company,” Zieseniss recalls of his start in electric work. “It was 1946, and I had just come home from World War II, where I met the Russians at the Elbe [River]. [The milkman] told me electric work was good work.” On the milkman's suggestion, Zieseniss tried it and never looked back.

    Zieseniss started out as a groundman, or “grunt,” on utility line crews, but says circumstances soon led him to work as a lineman. “We were short of workmen then, and there were several of us that started out as apprentice linemen stringing wires,” he recalls. “I started doing mostly 7.2kV line extensions to homes and/or farms in rural areas, and by 1948 was promoted to journeyman lineman, in part because of the shortage of qualified linemen. For the next four years, I worked on increasingly higher voltage lines, and in 1951 and 1952 I worked in an ordnance plant in Illinois that produced ammunition for the Korean War, where I started in the inside wiring field.” From 1952 to 1989, Zieseniss worked as a journeyman lineman and electrician in the Chicago area.

    Zieseniss says he saw major changes in equipment and safety materials. “I would say the biggest changes in line work were the use of bucket trucks and improvements in safety equipment,” he says. “When we worked in the ordnance plants, it was all either rubber gloves or maybe some hot-stick work. I've been bitten by 2300V a couple of times, but never got burned, just got bit heavily.”

    From 1947 through 49, Zieseniss did a lot of conversion work in Hammond and smaller cities. For the most part, the work consisted of burying conduit in concrete. He also worked with 17 different contractors on schools, hospitals, and the occasional odd job. “In one case an airplane hit a smokestack and that was a specialty job, reconstructing that,” he says.

    Zieseniss also served as an electrical inspector for the city of Crown Point, Ind., from April 1984 to March 1998. “On the inspection side, I saw that many contractors were not really keeping abreast of what the Code says for safety,” Zieseniss says. “They seemed to be fighting that all the way.” He says safety is a big thing today for most contractors and utilities, and he points to the increased use of flash hazards and low-impedance transformers as steps in the right direction.

    Zieseniss says today's emphasis on design-build may be an example of electrical work going in the wrong direction. “When I was working in the mills, the working prints were excellent,” Zieseniss recalls. “Now you don't know what is going on. The engineers have been priced out of the job for detail work. They leave it up to the guy in the field to figure things out. The prints are just not complete when I see them. In the early years, they had a detail for every column for all the electrical. Nowadays, you have to fight for your spot on that column or figure out what should go on the column.”

    In his long electrical career, Zieseniss always enjoyed the freshness of new challenges. “I was never in the same place for very long,” Zieseniss says. “I never was much of one for the maintenance jobs, and preferred building new things and moving on. I was a free electrician to go wherever I was sent. I never drove more than 50 miles for day-in and day-out work, and could always find plenty of work in the Chicago area.”

    Zieseniss, who says he has been a faithful reader of EC&M for decades, says something he read in a 1970 editorial has stuck with him through the years. “It was in a ‘Thoughts From Our Shop’ article on page seven of that issue,” Zieseniss recalls. “It said that the inspector must enforce the letter and spirit of the Code that is written, not as the designer or installer would like to see it written. We need to live by laws or else we will have electrical anarchy.”
    above is from an Article Voices of the Industry

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    Re: Glenn Zieseniss

    I too a'm sadden by this as I have always enjoyed his insite into the trade as very informitive. I had just joined the local IAEI here in november and was able to meet him for the first time Little did I know it would be the last. The meeting was as informitive as he was here. He will be missed.
    Thank's Charlie for posting it. as I was just told today about it too. I knew he went into the hospital and wasn't at the IAEI metting last month but I was unaware of how bad it was. This is truly sad news. Wayne
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    Re: Glenn Zieseniss

    I recall seeing his frequent posts, but did know who the poster really was. I'll miss his posts.
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    Re: Glenn Zieseniss

    It is sad to see one of 'us' pass away, especially that I did not know who Glen was by his posting name, even though I did know of him.

    Maybe we can start a section where we post a little about our own history in life/industry where one can look into that thread to gain a little insight about the posters we all read everyday. Just a thought.

    Pierre

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    Re: Glenn Zieseniss

    Very sad news.

    I've discussed things with him at both forums over the years.

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