|Joseph Ellery Seiler was introduced to this world on August 14, 1922, in New Orleans, Louisiana, as the first son of Ludwig Joseph Seiler and Ethel Muir Bays.
He received his basic education at Warren Easton High School in New Orleans and later earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Tulane University. Later in his life, he was guided to both Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Divinity Degrees from Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri.
On August 10, 1944, Joe united with Gloria Teresa Scholl in matrimony. In time God blessed this union with three children: Gloria Ethel Seiler French, Keith Edward Seiler, and Dale Louis Seiler.
During his calling with God, Joe enlightened, served, and guided people in Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, and Iowa. Throughout his ministry he continued his education in order to better serve others through Christian Education Workshops, counseling in Veteran’s Administration Hospitals, participation in Church Conference Committees, conducting various types of religious television and radio programs, authoring newspaper and magazine articles, and producing audio-visual courses for his churches. Joe was allowed to continue this active service to others to within hours of his sudden death.
God chose Joe for his own purpose on the morning of April 4, 1981, during a successful and rewarding ministry to the Livingston-Mangum Chapel-James Chapel Charge in the Louisiana Conference.
Joe’s continual desire to work, to achieve, to succeed, and to care, has nourished within the lives of his personal family members. His influence and guidance of those drawn close to him by God serve as a monument to his life on this earth.
Joe is survived by his wife, Gloria; his three children, Gloria, Keith, and Dale; a sister, Mrs. Thelma Thompson; and three grandchildren. A host of friends and a large multitude of those to whom he ministered give gratitude to God for his life spent among us. We are all richer because he shared his life with us. Funeral services were held in the Mangum Chapel Church on April 6, 1981. The service of celebration was conducted by his District Superintendent, Kirby A. Vining, and two fellow ministers, Lester Nance and Joe Rountree. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans.
For those of us who knew and loved Joe, we rest our hearts in that confident faith, that “. . . neither death, nor life, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1981, p. 177 By Keith Seiler|