John C. Seiler Sr. died on April 5, 2008, in Prescott at age 90. He was born on Dec. 15, 1917, in Detroit, Mich., the son of John and Marie (Ziegler) Seiler. John graduated in 1935 from Henry Ford Trade School and in 1950 from the Detroit College of Law.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Caroline, to whom he was married for 52 years, and by one brother and two sisters.
He is survived by three children, John Jr., Caroline, and Edward; three grandchildren, Meranda Curiel, Carrie Rose, and Christoffer; and five great-grandchildren, Steven, Samantha, Jacob, and Jordin by Meranda, and Ian by Carrie.
John was a tool and die maker until 1941, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving until 1945 and rising to the rank of Captain in World War II, fighting across France and Germany. After the war, he became a lawyer in 1950. In 1960, he was elected a judge for the city of Wayne, Mich., and until 1985 presided over the 29th District Court. In 1987, he and his wife, Caroline, retired to Prescott. He was a member of Kiwanis for more than 50 years.
John was an exemplary provider and protector, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who is greatly missed by his family and friends.
Services will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.
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