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Dane County,Wisconsin Libertarian leader dies in plane crash

Stu Seffern, the former leader of the Dane County Libertarian Party in Wisconsin, tragically died in a plane crash in Illinois on the night of January 1st. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported here.

The Dane County chairman of the Wisconsin Libertarian Party died with his wife in a fiery plane crash last night in Joliet, Ill., according to a man who works for the chairman’s Madison business and a member of a Madison flying club.

Investigators today are trying to determine the cause of the crash Thursday night at the Joliet Regional Airport.

The crash killed Stuart D. Seffern and his wife, Debbie, Joshua Stabenau said. Stabenau manages Stuart Seffern’s business, Madison Area Carpet Cleaning.

Seffern owned the carpet cleaning business for 29 years, Stabenau said. Stabenau said he was told about the wreck by the Dane County Sheriff’s Department.

Reader Rolf Lindgren knew Stu Seffern personally and has written an obituary for him over at the “Pro-defense” Libertarian Republican group blog, run by Eric Dondero. Once the cause of the crash is determined, it means the family if they wanted to, could contact law firms and see if they could start a claim for compensation.

Our condolences to the Seffern family.

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  1. mdh mdh June 30, 2009

    lol, siphoning fuel… To quote Henry from “A fool’s progress”, his hispanic credit card… 😉

  2. Galileo Galilei Galileo Galilei June 30, 2009

    Update on Stu:

    NTSB: Small plane stalled before fatal crash

    June 30, 2009 12:25 PM

    The small plane that crashed at the Joliet Park District Airport killing its two occupants the night of Jan. 1 stalled during takeoff and hit the ground with its left wing before catching fire and flipping over in a field, according to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

    But the report didn’t say what caused the plane to stall.

    The report also found the plane flow by Stuart D. Seffern, 50, of Wisconsin, was slightly over the allowable maximum weight limit.

    A pilot of another airplane who landed earlier that night reported having to wipe frost off his wings and tail before taking off again, according to the NTSB. Another person reported seeing deer on the runway earlier in the day. However, the investigation could not determine whether deer were on the runway at the time of the accident, the report said.

    Seffern had been flying from Orlando, Fla., back to Wisconsin with his long-time partner, Deborah A. Loiselle, 42. They landed at about 6 p.m. with four to five gallons of fuel. Seffern attempted to locate fuel before siphoning fuel from another plane at the airport and leaving a note and money. No one was working at the airport due to the New Year’s holiday.

    The two-seat single-engine plane was an amateur-built Lancair 360 built by the flying club Lantzair Flyers, Inc., of which Seffern had been president for the past three years. He also was chairman of the Wisconsin Libertarian Party of Dane County.

    –Caroline Smith

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/06/cause-revealed-on-plane-crash-which-killed-2.html

  3. Rolf Lindgren Rolf Lindgren January 8, 2009

    Celebrating Stu & Debbie’s Life

    “Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a service at 2 p.m. to celebrate Stuart and Debbie’s life on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME.”

    Seffern, Stuart D.
    MADISON
    Stuart D. Seffern, age 50, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, with Debbie Loiselle, his partner of 30 years in a tragic airplane accident. He was born March 20, 1958, in New York City, the son of John J. and Billee (Riley) Seffern. He was also the stepson of Carl H. Ludders Jr. and Arlene (Stillman) Seffern.

    http://www.madison.com/obits/print.php?refDate=2454840&refPage=listing&ad_number=1332027

    Loiselle, Deborah A. “Debbie”
    MADISON
    Deborah A. (Debbie) Loiselle, age 52, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, with Stuart Seffern, her lifelong partner in a tragic airplane accident. She was born on March 12, 1956, to Harold and Betty (Bambrough) Loiselle. She grew up in Madison and graduated from West High School.

    http://www.madison.com/obits/print.php?refDate=2454840&refPage=listing&ad_number=1332042

  4. Rolf Lindgren Rolf Lindgren January 6, 2009

    Stu Remembered – Video

    VIDEO: Watch The report
    http://www.channel3000.com/news/18399840/detail.html

    VIDEO: Victims Remembered 01-02-09
    VIDEO: Community Remembers
    http://www.nbc15.com/weekendlive/headlines/36998259.html

    Best Stu quotes:

    “A 12 year old on the Internet could find out that this is not a good idea.”

    “We found it was more effective than millions of dollars of investment.”

    Note – A community walk for Stu & Debbie is planned for Sunday, January 11, at 4 P.M. in Madison in the Burr Oaks Neighborhood.

  5. Rolf Lindgren Rolf Lindgren January 5, 2009

    FYI

    I just sent this to the IPR people:

    Stu on the Radio

    They talked about Stu on the radio today:

    Outside The Box
    Outside the Box MON 1/5/08 HR 3
    Mitch starts this hour by sharing his thoughts…with Mike Theise…regarding their friend…and Madison activist…Stu Seffern.
    To download the podcast, right-click “Listen” and select “Save As” from the menu.

    http://www.wiba.com/cc-common/podcast/single_podcast.html?podcast=outsidethebox.xml

    Outside the Box THU 11/20/08 HR 1
    Mitch talks with Stu Seffern and you about THE BIG THREE getting denied (for now at least) on Capitol Hill. He targets the fact that all three…who are asking for miney…took their corporate jets to the meeting.
    To download the podcast, right-click “Listen” and select “Save As” from the menu.

    Outside the Box THU 9/11/08
    Stu Seffern fills in talks about a variety of topics this hour including justice, the RTA and he wraps up talking about 9/11. He talks with Clear Channel Reporter/Producer Paul Westcott out in New York

    Outside the Box THU 9/11/08 HR 1
    Stu Seffern fills in for Mitch today. His first guest is Kamal Nawash regarding 9/11 and then Brian Riedl of the Heritage Foundation regarding the deficit and more

    Outside the Box MON 8/4/08 HR 3
    Stu Seffern filling in for Mitch. The first part of this hour is with County Board Supervisor Eileen Bruskowitz. They talk about zoning and madison lakes. Then he’s joined by George Lightbourn, the Executive Vice President of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. They talk about school choice.
    To download the podcast, right-click “Listen” and select “Save As” from the menu.

    Outside the Box MON 8/4/08 HR 2
    Stu Seffern fills in for Mitch. The first half hour continues from the last…with J.D. Foster. Then he talks about Transport 20/20 and shoreline zoning. Dane County Board member Eileen Bruskowitz joins him as well
    To download the podcast, right-click “Listen” and select “Save As” from the menu.

    Outside the Box MON 8/4/08 HR 1
    Stu Seffern fills in for Mitch. This hour he talks to J.D. Foster who is an expert in the Economics of Federal Fiscal policy, formerly from the Federal Office of Management and Budget and now with the Heritage Foundation.
    To download the podcast, right-click “Listen” and select “Save As” from the menu.

    Outside the Box MON 7/28/08 HR 3
    Mitch talks to Stu Seffern about the Burr-Oaks Neighborhood. Then…Mitch wants to know what the best diet is.
    To download the podcast, right-click “Listen” and select “Save As” from the menu.

    Outside the Box FRI 7/11/08 HR 2
    Mitch’s guest for this roundtable is Brett Hulsey and Stu Seffern. They talk about oil drilling and nuclear power. Then they wrap up the conversation with the road to the White House
    To download the podcast, right-click “Listen” and select “Save As” from the menu.

    Outside the Box TUE 4/22/08 HR 2
    MItch talks with Stu Seffern of the Burr Oaks Neighborhood…talking about how they’re tired of being the dumping ground in the city. Also Joe Wineke, Chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, talks about today’s primary in Pennsylvania
    To download the podcast, right-click “Listen” and select “Save As” from the menu.

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