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Henry S. Sedmak

July 10, 1918 August 18, 2010
Henry S. Sedmak
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Obituary for Henry S. Sedmak

Henry S. Sedmak of Brighton, MI, died at the age of 92 on August 18, 2010. Mr. Sedmak was born in Detroit in 1918 and graduated from Southeastern High School in 1935. He proudly served his country in World War II as a Military Police Officer in London, England and later during the Korean War, eventually attaining the rank of Major in the United States Air Force. It was in England where he met and married his beloved wife of 65 years, Marie, who survives him.
In 1946, after returning from the war, he joined the Detroit Police Department. Mr. Sedmak retired in 1971 as the Director of Technical Services, the equivalent of today�s Deputy Chief rank. He was instrumental in the development of the Department�s computerized police modus operandi systems, which was one of the first in the United States. During his tenure with the DPD, he received three coveted Commissioner Citations.
After leaving the Detroit Police Department, he joined the Michigan State Police in a civilian capacity and became Executive Secretary of the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) and worked to implement the system throughout the state. He was one of the original creators of the LEIN system.
Mr. Sedmak was one of only a few recipients in history from the law enforcement field to receive the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Bill of Rights Award in 1960 for his tireless efforts in his off-work time to prove the innocence of wrongfully convicted prisoners. Henry was a longtime member of the Brighton Senior Men�s Club.
In addition to his wife, Marie, Mr. Sedmak is survived by his sons, Michael (MaryAnn), Tim (Claudia) and Mark (Theresa) and his daughters, Ann (Mark) Edwards and Sally (Ric) Perry. He also has ten beloved grandchildren: Leslie, Michael, Jennifer, Erin, Emmelyn, Colin, David, Henry, Marcus and Julia. He also leaves behind three great grand-children: Brooke, Thomas and Michael and many other wonderful step grandchildren.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held from St. Patrick Catholic Church, 711 Rickett Rd., Brighton, Monday, August 23 at 10:30 AM with gathering beginning at 9:30 AM. Fr. Mark Rutherford officiating. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 600 E. Main St., Brighton, Saturday 5-9 PM & Sunday 2-9 PM. Scripture Service Sunday evening 7 PM.

Memorials encouraged to: Detroit Rescue Mission or Gleaners Food Bank.

For further information, phone 810.229.2905.


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