MOUNT VERNON — George E. “Casey” Seitz, 91, of Yauger Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the Emeritus at HillenVale with his family at his side.
He was born Sept. 18, 1921, in Negaunee, Mich., to the late the Right Rev. William Clinton Seitz and Florence (Comstock) Seitz. George “Casey” lived a life of service to others. A lifetime resident of Knox County, he was known as an energetic and enthusiastic supporter and participant of whatever he was involved in. Because of this approach to life, he was well thought of and well liked throughout our communities and touched people’s hearts with his infectious positive attitude.
He graduated from Gambier High School and was a regular at their Alumni Banquets. He was an alumnus of Kenyon College and also attended The Ohio State University. His adventurous spirit led to many life experiences that only added to his being such a special person. He served as a Merchant Marine in the Military Sea Transport Service during World War II. He sailed in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and Mediterranean Sea carrying troops and supplies. Aboard ship he survived an attempted torpedo attack and later a shipwreck.
After the war, he started farming, with horses, near Artanna. He became a very involved member of Pleasant Grange. He eventually moved on to work at Sears Roebuck Co. in Mount Vernon, where another circle of friends was formed. His appreciation of everything military drew him into the Ohio Army National Guard and in the 1950s he re-enlisted. He served as a full-time Technician in Mount Vernon, Zanesville, Toledo and finally Norwalk, where he retired in 1981 with over 27 years of military service.
Since that retirement, he and his wife, Ann, then living in Mount Vernon, traveled throughout the U.S. and also became more involved in the local community. He was a respected and admired member of the Knox County school district and became a much loved teacher’s aide to learning and behaviorally disabled students in all the local schools.
He was also a member of the local military Color Guard and proudly played taps at many military funerals all over Knox County for many years. He had long been a member of Monroe Grange. He was a 63-year member of the Masonic Lodge 9 in Bladensburg. He was a life member of the Mohecan Saddle Club in Bladensburg. He fulfilled a life-long dream and got his first riding horse, Sonny. They enjoyed many hours of riding and camping at the club grounds. At the age of 75, he went on a 100-mile trail ride with club members in Indiana.
As an Episcopalian he was a member of Harcourt Parish in Gambier, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Granville and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon. Over the years he rarely missed any service at the church. He also served on the Vestry, taught Bible Study and served as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor. Along with his wife, Dorothy, he also regularly attended Greer Wesleyan Church.
He loved music and people remember him always having his guitar with him and taking advantage of any gathering of friends to sing. He loved hunting, farming, the outdoors and everything about nature. But, over his entire life, nothing meant more to him than being with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Bagent) Seitz; his son, Lt. Col. David (Lisa) Seitz of Gambier; his three daughters, Barbara Seitz of Gambier, Patty (Dann) Todd of Howard, Paula (Perry) Stamp of Colorado; seven grandchildren, Deborah Baldwin, Levi Todd, Luke Todd, T.J. Sheller, Levi Sheller, Casey Seitz, Angie (Doug) Kinney; six great-grandchildren, Michael Branch, Raelyn Todd, Reese Todd, Matthew Sheller, Nichole Valdez, Trevor Valdez; a great-great-grandchild, Conner Joseph Valdez; his brother, the Rev. Thomas (Jan) Seitz of Florida; and his sister, Lucy (Florence) Pierce of Illinois.
Besides his parents, Casey was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna “Snookie” (Beach) Seitz; his brother, the Rev. William Seitz Jr.; and his brother-in-law, the Rev. Nicholas Pierce.
Friends may call Wednesday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, where a Masonic service will be held at 3 p.m. The funeral service will be held Thursday at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 100 E. High St., Mount Vernon, beginning at 2 p.m.. with the Rev. David Kendall-Sperry officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Gambier.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Knox County (or) St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
The family of Casey Seitz wishes to thank the staff at Emeritus at HillenVale and Hospice of Knox County for their loving and compassionate care. “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
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