Retired Army Maj. Gen. Fred F. Marty, of Springfield, Mo., passed away at home on Wednesday evening, Nov. 20, 2013, after a long illness.
Maj. Gen. Marty was born Jan. 12, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo. He attended Missouri State University, in Springfield, Mo., where he earned a bachelor of science in education degree and served in the Army ROTC detachment.
Maj. Gen. Marty was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate and entered Army active duty in June 1963, after being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Field Artillery. His military schooling included the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Air War College. In 1974, he earned a master of business administration degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Maj. Gen. Marty served extensively in command and troop leadership assignments in combined arms units located throughout the world. During two tours of duty in Vietnam and four tours in Germany, he soldiered predominantly with field artillery units supporting cavalry and armored forces. Maj. Gen. Marty has commanded field artillery units at every echelon from battery through corps artillery, and directed operations of the United States Field Artillery School. Additionally, he was assigned in key operations, logistics, and resource management staff positions from battalion through corps level, including service as Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Maj. Gen. Marty commanded major military units and installations both in the United States and overseas. Prior to his retirement from active duty following 30 years of distinguished service, Maj. Gen. Marty was assigned as the Commanding General of Fort Sill, Okla., which under his leadership was named "The Best-Managed Installation in the Army" in 1992. At the same time, he was the Commandant of the United States Field Artillery School, and served concurrently as the Army's Chief of Field Artillery.
Maj. Gen. Marty is a recipient of the Army's highest peacetime award, the Distinguished Service Medal. During his career he also earned three awards of the Legion of Merit, six awards of the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three awards of the Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three awards of the Army Commendation Medal, including one for Valor, and the Army Achievement Medal. He also earned the Army Parachutist Badge and Non-Crewmember Flight Badge.
In July 1993, Maj. Gen. Marty commenced a second career in public service as Vice President for Administrative Services at Missouri State University. Five years later, the University's Board of Governors selected him as Chancellor of the West Plains Campus. Maj. Gen. Marty relocated to Springfield, Mo., in 2001 to serve as Executive Director and oversee the opening of the new American National Fish and Wildlife Museum. He returned to Missouri State University two years later as Associate Vice President for Administrative Services. In 1989, he was chosen as an Outstanding Alumnus of Missouri State University and in October 2013 was inducted into the Missouri State University Wall of Fame.
Upon his retirement from the University in March 2006, Maj. Gen. Marty was employed as Executive Director for the Generations Sports Complex, an 80-acre sports and family recreation enclave being developed near Williamsport. In January 2007, he was chosen by the Board of Commissioners for the County of Lycoming to become the Director of Administration and Chief Clerk for the County government. In October 2010, Maj. Gen. Marty returned to Springfield, where he served as Deputy City Manager until his retirement in late October 2013.
Maj. Gen. Marty is survived by his wife, Marty Marty; two sons, Patrick (Trisha) Marty of Williamsport, and Michael (Emily) Marty of Darien, Conn., both of whom also served as Army field artillery officers; a brother, retired Col. Thomas J. Marty of Woodbridge, Va.; and five grandchildren, Devin, Morgan, Teagan, Kyla and Ryan.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the Mercy Hammons Heart Institute, 1235 E. Cherokee on the Mercy Hospital campus in Springfield. A funeral with full military honors will be held Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the New Post Chapel, 1005 Shade Ave., Fort Sill, Okla., with interment at the Fort Sill Old Post Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the Marty family respectfully requests contributions be directed to the Missouri State University Foundation ROTC Building Fund, 300 S. Jefferson, Springfield, MO 65806, to ensure the continued development of our country's future leaders.
Submitted by family.