John Lorenzo Seitzinger
Retired United States Navy Chief Warrant Officer IV John L. Seitzinger of Bandera passed from this world on Wednesday, April 23. He was born in Hammond, Indiana to the late Martin Delbert Seitzinger and Zilphia May Dunlap Seitzinger.
A decorated sailor, John served in the USN from 1960-1988, working his way up from seaman apprentice to a commission as a CW04/SW naval officer. He served in the Vietnam War, as well as conflicts that included The Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, Operation Power Pack, Operation Nickel Grass, Operation Frequent Wind, the Mayaguez incident, the Lebanese evacuation, Zaire-Congo Support Mission and the first Gulf of Sidra incident, among others.
During his naval career, John was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/Valor, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, (3) Navy Battle "E" Ribbons, (5) Navy Good Conduct Medals, (2) Navy Expeditionary Medal Armed; National Defense Service Medal, (4) Vietnam Service Medals, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Humanitarian Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Ribbon, Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon, Navy Recruiting Service Training Ribbon, Navy Expert Rifleman Medal and Navy Expert Pistol Medal.
Consistently evaluated as "a strong leader who motivated and encouraged," John possessed "the courage to make difficult decisions." He was "truly an outstanding sailor and commissioned officer."
A lover of people, animals and nature, John volunteered and contributed to many church, community, military and humanitarian organizations, including the Salvation Army, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, AMVETS, United States Naval Memorial Foundation, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Ronald Reagan Ranch-Young American's Foundation, George Bush Presidential Center Foundation, St. Joseph's Indian School and Heifer International.
John served as judge advocate for Bristol, Rhode Island VFW Chapter 15 and as a soldier with the Salvation Army. He also attended church services at the Kerrville Salvation Army.
John is survived by his son, Leif Seitzinger and his wife, Cindy, of Hanover, Pennsylvania; daughter Melina Seitzinger of Amesbury, Massachusetts; beloved brother, James D. Seitzinger of Bandera, who both enjoyed retirement together on adjoining properties they fondly named the "Double J Ranch"; brother Paul E. Seitzinger; and sisters, Raydell Hershberger, Zilphia Alice Brown, Phoebe Giacomara and Mary Ann Sparks.
John was predeceased by his wife Donna Gail Kristoff Seitzinger.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am, Saturday May 10, at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive, in Kerrville.
The final resting place of John and his beloved departed wife, Donna, will be at the Arlington National Military Cemetery.