George E. “Casey” Seitz

September 18, 1921 ‒ September 22, 2012

Mount Vernon, Ohio

George E. “Casey” Seitz, age 91, of Yauger Road, Mount Vernon, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Emeritus at HillenVale with his family at his side.

He was born on September 18, 1921 in Negaunee, Michigan 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 Co., 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 peoples’ hearts with his infectious positive attitude.

He graduated from Gambier High School and was a regular at their Alumni Banquets. He is 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 WWII. 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 1950’s he reenlisted. 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 US and also became more involved in the local community. He was a respected and admired member of the Knox Co. 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 has 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 lifelong 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 Parrish 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 Lieutenant Colonel 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 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 Rev. Nicholas Pierce.

Friends may call on Wednesday, September 26 from 1-3PM and 6-8PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home where a Masonic service will be held at 3PM. The funeral service will be held on Thursday at the Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church (100 E. High St. Mount Vernon) beginning at 2PM 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) Saint 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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