Obituaries

Richard Earl Seitz

November 17, 1943 - March 16, 2022

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Obituary For Richard Earl Seitz

Richard Earl Seitz, “Dick," age 78, of Trinity, FL, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2022. Born and raised in Omaha, NE, Dick graduated from Cathedral High School in 1961. Dick attended Creighton University before serving in the United States Air Force from 1962-1966. He was a Morse Code intercept operator serving in Crete, Greece, and later as a programming specialist in San Antonio, TX. After the Air Force, Dick spent over 35 years working for United Airlines, primarily in Information Services. Dick was one of the lead managers that implemented United’s first electronic ticketing process.

During high school, Dick played baseball and basketball, but his passion was basketball as a player and a fan. During his senior year, Dick averaged 25 points per game. Dick married Patricia Deane in 1962 in Omaha. In 1969, Dick and family moved from Omaha to the Chicago area, living in several Chicago suburbs, including Des Plaines, Hoffman Estates, and Gilberts. After retiring from United Airlines in 2003, Dick spent time refining his golf skills in Bella Vista, AR; Oakland, TN; and Palm Harbor, FL. Dick married Pamela Irwin Sipple in 2015 in Key West, FL, and eventually settled in Trinity, FL.

While in Oakland, TN, Dick was a devoted literacy advocate becoming a board member for the Friends of the Library at Somerville Public Library. In between golf rounds, Dick loved traveling, watching Jeopardy, and completing crossword puzzles. Dick will be remembered by family and friends for his legendary merrymaking, being the ultimate fun uncle (“funcle”), and never forgetting anyone’s birthday.

Dick is survived by his wife, Pamela Seitz; siblings Gary Seitz and Barbara Seitz; children Jeff Seitz (Kathleen), Dan Seitz (Kristin), and Kristine Seitz; grandchildren, Erin Henricksen (Clayton), Kelsey, Trey, Margaret, Andrew, and Tanner; great-grandchild, Quinn; and many nieces and nephews. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Earl Seitz; great-aunt, Sister Mary Giles; sister, Janice Bentle; and spouse, Patricia Seitz.

Memorial celebration services to be determined for a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Somerville-Fayette County Library or DAV (Disabled American Veterans) using the links located on the left side of the page.

Condolences

  • 03/30/2022

    Dear family of Dick... what a treasure you have in Dick while he was here and in spirit. I will never forget how he made so many positive changes to our Somerville-Fayette County Library as Chairman of our Board of Trustees. (And he was very involved with the Library Friends.) He was so very methodical and creative in planning for this library and making things happen. He loved his family, he loved life and he loved golf. I'll never forget when there was a conference that board members and librarians attended at the State Capitol in Nashville. We were given a tour of the Capitol and when we were asked if we wanted to take the stairs to the "tip top" pinnacle where the U.S. and TN flags are flown...I bolted to get in line...slowly Dick came too. The view of all of Nashville from the top of the Capitol was breathtaking... I just didn't understand why Dick didn't seem that interested to take in the view. It wasn't until later on the return trip back to Somerville that Dick confessed he didn't like heights. Sorry Dick... it never occurred to me that a man who served in the U.S. Air Force and later worked with United Airlines, did not like heights. Thanks Dick for your piloting of our library as you did. We knew we were blessed while you were here and hated to see you leave TN to head for Florida. You've gone to glory now... and there's no better place than that. May strength, comfort, faith and peace be with Pam, Gary and Barbara, Jeff, Dan and Kristine and families. We were all so very fond of Dick and blessed to have known him.

  • 03/29/2022

    Dick was a really nice person. I enjoyed working with him at United Airlines Executive Office EXO in Information Technology for many years. Jim Sommerfield

  • 03/28/2022

    Dick was a good friend and one of the best high school basketball players in Omaha in the early 1960's. We enjoyed many buddy golf outings together throughout the years. Tom (TQ) Smith

  • 03/27/2022

    We are so sorry for your loss. Dick was one of a kind and will be missed by so many. We have lots of happy memories of all the times we spent with him especially that smile and his laughter. He was always the life of the party! Sending hugs and love to all of you!

  • 03/27/2022

    Pam So sorry to hear about Dick's passing. What a great individual. Remembering so many fun times we had at Cathedral High School. Our condolences to you and your family. Ed and Pam Stanek Ed and Pam Stanek

  • 03/27/2022

    Dick was a great friend. He and Keith Cornish explored golf together back in the 60's here in Omaha. We kept contact in their moves to Chicago and beyond. Always a smile on his face.

  • 03/26/2022

    Dick was a great guy, enjoyed several years of great friendship while in Oakland. May he rest in peace!

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