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