Ervin William Seiler

April 3, 1926 ~ June 9, 2018 (age 92)

Ervin William “Umps” Seiler of Benld, IL passed away at the age of 92 on June 9, 2018 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. Born in Sawyerville on April 3, 1926, he was the son of Henry William and Lydia (Schweppe) Seiler. Umps graduated from Benld High School in 1944 and briefly served in the Merchant Marine and U. S. Army prior to the end of World War II. He worked for the Shell Oil Company refinery in Wood River as a pipefitter/welder for over 33 years. Umps was a member of Croatian Lodge 217. He was a Master Mason and a member of Gillespie Lodge 214 for over 50 years. On October 19,1957 he married Marlene Kaitner, at Gillespie Methodist Church . They have been married for over 60 years. Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, LeRoy and Harold Seiler; half sisters, Rosina (Bierbaum) McKee and Verna (Bierbaum) Harmon. Umps is survived by his wife and two daughters, Lori (Greg) Bradfisch of Carmel, IN, and Julie (Brad) Pintar of Mahomet, IL; grandchildren, Jennifer Bradfisch, Ryan Pintar and Paige Pintar; and 4 nieces and 1 nephew. He loved to spend time with friends and family and was a passionate Chicago Cubs fan. Cremation will be accorded to Kravanya Funeral Home. Private gravesite services will be held in the Benld Cemetery. Anyone wishing to send online condolences may do so at

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