LTG Richard J. Seitz Passes Away

Lieutenant General  Richard “Dick” Seitz of Junction City has died. He was 95.

His nephew, John Seitz ,  confirmed that Richard Seitz died Saturday morning at his home in Junction City. RICHARD

Richard Seitz was a native of Leavenworth, Kansas, but had been a resident of Junction City since 1975 after retiring from active duty service in the military. John Seitz noted his uncle was active in the Boy Scouts, the Armed Services YMCA, served as a former president of the local AUSA chapter, and was also involved with the Saint Xavier church activities, and in Republican Party politics. “He’s been involved in everything that involves soldiers and helping soldiers do better, and their families.”

Richard Seitz commanded the Second Battalion of the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War Two. His selection for that command made him one of the youngest infantry battalion commanders during World War II at three days shy of his 25th birthday. In march 1967 Seitz was promoted to major general and a month later assumed command of the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg. In May 1973 he was promoted to Lt. General, and his final assignment returned him to the Airborne as the commanding general of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Ft. Bragg.

The new Seitz Elementary School at Ft. Riley was named after Richard Seitz in 2012. His nephew stated, “He used to say, there’s a whole list, a long list of people who were more deserving of that. For my money there wasn’t anybody more deserving. He just did things for soldiers and their families, and the community.”

Richard Seitz is survived by four children: Rick Seitz, Judge Patricia Seitz, Dr. Catherine Seitz, and Dr. Victoria Seitz.    Funeral Services will be handled by Penwell-Gabel Funeral Homes  & Crematory.


  • Bill McKale

    I know this echoes everyone when I simply say – A TRULY GREAT AMERICAN! It was an honor and privelege to have known General Seitz. My thoughts and prayers are extended to his famiy.

  • Cheryl Lyn Higgins

    LTG Richard Seitz was an honorable man as well as a distinguished soldier. I valued his counsel and friendship when I served the Junction City Chamber of Commerce. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
    Cheryl Lyn Higgins

  • JoJo

    Everybody that Knew General Seitz will truly miss this Great American. He was one of Fort Rileys best known Military Leaders he was always there to support our troops during the deployments and redeployments of our brave troops. Our thoughts and prayers our with his family during this great loss.

  • Stephanie

    LTG Seitz was a wonderful man and American. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • SGM (Ret) Mike Seitz

    Uncle Dick was an amazing man, a true hero and a Soldiers leader. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. RIP uncle Dick, we love you.

  • Susan McKenzie

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Gen. Seitz’s family. I got to know him when I worked for the Military Affairs Council. He was a very kind and generous person. He will be missed.

  • http://Suchverysadnews.LTG(Retired)RichardSeit Pam Shilling Romig

    Such very sad news. LTG Richard Seitz was a HERO leaving a great Legacy. Our Condolences to his proud family. MG (Retired) Thomas J. & Pam (Shilling) Romig

  • Patricia Spurrier Bright

    I will miss Dick very much. Our families go all the back to Fort Leavenworth, where Dick and my Mother were friends in school. Then Dick and Mama attended Kansas State together. When I moved to Manhattan and we got to know Ginny. My parents would come for long visits, so Daddy and Dick could play lots of golf. What fun we had at dinners and especially thanksgiving, when Dick and Daddy fixed their 2 martini gravy. I think that is the only time Dick cooked. Now they are all together. Look forward to joining them someday. Since we were the last two left of the little group, I will miss his phone calls, checking up on me. God Bless his family.

  • Greg & Barbara Morgan

    It is difficult to find the words to describe what a truly gracious & honorable person LTG Dick Seitz has been throughout his lifetime. We are blessed to have known him. Our sincere condolences to his family.

  • Alan Yeater

    General Seitz was a great Soldier, leader, and a super person. Anyone who knew him will certainly say he was one of the best, and our world will seem smaller without him.

  • Melinda Geczy

    As a nation we are blessed to have the heroic yet humble Seitz family among us. Upon hearing the news of General Seitz’s passing my first thought was we as a nation have lost so much. Upon further reflection, I realize that this is not the case. We as a nation have been given so much. With his gracious gift of service to country and community General Seitz protected our way of life, our Constitution and our freedom. Those of us who were fortunate enough to know him, to learn from his wise counsel and share his great love for country, community, soldier and family member remain his living legacy. It is upon us to serve it well. To General Seitz I say thank you, sir, for being the warrior willing to do battle that I might be born in a country of unlimited opportunity. Thank you sir for the words and lessons passed on to young warriors. Words and lessons that shaped their vision and steeled their will against a determined enemy focused on taking from us that which you fought so hard to give to us. Thank you for your humble, gentle humanity shown to the families of soldiers. Thank you for taking such great care of us!

    I pray for comfort for the Seitz family, and the Army family in this time of grief. May God bless both.

  • Richard Peterson

    Sir, all our prayers to you and yours. You will be missed. God Bless you.

  • Grateful

    We are grateful to have the chance to view the interview given by LTG Seitz just a short while ago.

  • Paul Barrett

    So sorry to hear of General Sietz passing. I knew him through my father Benedict Barrett via the 517 PRCT reunions. A great man.

  • Richard F. O’Hare

    I was a young Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division in February, 1968. He deployed the 3rd (Golden) Brigade to Vietnam in response to the Tet Offensive. He did everything humanly possible to make sure that our Brigade had a full compliment of troops (no easy task at the time) and all the equipment authorized. What a commander and an even finer man! Airborne, All the Way, Sir!!