Douglas Curran Seiler

June 18, 1953 ‒ June 23, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: A sense of humor is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that a person has a pretty good grasp of life. Doug Seiler was well equipped with humor and joy and common sense. His quick wit could elevate every situation, bring humor to everything and spread smiles.

Doug passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from The Good Shepherd Home, Ashland. He was 67.

Born Douglas Curran Seiler June 18, 1953 in Mansfield to Justin and Marian (Little) Seiler, he remained a lifelong resident. He was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1971, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Purdue University in 1975.

His college degree instilled a lifelong appreciation for nature, which was evident in his photography work – Doug created many stunning images of nature.

As a professional land surveyor, Doug operated Seiler Surveying for nearly 40 years, and was a member of Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio. He served on Mansfield Planning Commission and was a member of American Congress of Surveying and Mapping.

A member of Grace Episcopal Church, Doug formerly served on Vestry, on the building committee, as an usher, and wrote “Vestry Minutes” for the church newsletter – applying his humor – keeping people in stitches!

Doug had a high appreciation for nature, and enjoyed outdoor activities – hiking, and other events with his family.

Remembered for his big heart, and his generous personality, the family that he cherished includes his wife Lynn (Wallington) Seiler, whom he married November 17, 1979; their children Kara (John) Niziurski of Suwanee, GA and Steven (Sarah) Seiler of Fishers, IN; grandchildren Emeric Seiler, Josie Seiler, Warren Seiler, Evie Seiler, Toby Niziurski, and Ethan Niziurski; his sister Gail (Earl) Young of Zephyrhills. FL; and a niece and nephew.

His parents preceded him in death.

The Seiler family will receive guests Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Facemasks are requested, and reduced occupancy will be followed. A private memorial service will be held Friday in the funeral home. The 11 a.m. service will be available on Facebook livestream on the funeral home’s location page: The Revs Joe Ashby and David Sipes will officiate.

Memorial contributions to Gorman Nature Center, Hospice of North Central Ohio or Prostate Cancer Research Institute, may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Seiler family. Send them a message of support – or watch Doug’s tribute video – online at:


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  • So sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Lynn and the family during this difficult time. He was a good man. Craig and Nancy Cheney

  • So sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Lynn and the family during this difficult time. He was a good man.

  • Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and the family. Many great memories and lots of laughs from his jokes.

    Jon and Meredith Dewald

  • Dear Lynn,
    I am so sorry to read about Doug‘s passing. Having fond memories of our dinners at our favorite Mexican place. Doug had a wonderful humor and quick wit. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Michael Schornack

  • You two shared a great love that will never die. May you feel God’s love thru this hard time of adjustment til you are together again. Thoughts and prayers for all.

  • Steve and Sarah and family. So very sorry to hear this. May God bring you comfort and peace.

  • Aunt Lynn,

    We are praying for you and wish we could be with you in this time. This is so perfectly written…I’m thinking back on so many special memories. I’m thankful and take comfort in the fact that Uncle Doug is in heaven!

    We love you,
    Phillip and Laura

  • Lynn,
    You’ve been on my heart and in my prayers. Please accept my condolences. Prayers of comfort for you, Gail and your family during this time.

  • Dear Lynn and family. So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. We had so many great times together. We are so glad the kids kept in touch.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love Bill & Jody

  • We are so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. We lived next to his retreat property on Possum Run Road. He was one of the best neighbors that you could have.
    Vic and Karla MacTavish

  • Doug was a man that you couldn’t help but love and respect.
    He had such a huge heart.
    We feel honored to have been even a small part of his life.
    Such a kind friend that will always hold a large place in all our hearts.

    You and Doug made the perfect team.
    May all the happy memories you made together sustain you.
    I know he will want to see you smiling.

    All Our Love,
    Bill and Kathy

  • Doug and I were fraternity brothers at Purdue University where his keen sense of humor made him friends wherever he went on campus. At the same time, he had a deep respect for the brotherhood we enjoyed at Alpha Chi Rho during an era where fraternity houses still played a valuable role in teaching young men the responsibilities of managing and operating their residence (and having some fun along the way).
    I will miss Doug but keep all the great memories of our days at Purdue.
    With sympathy
    Reagan Stephens

  • sorry for your loss …we lived on carpenter rd. across from the Seiler’s it was a great neighborhood to grow up in. you are in our thoughts and prayers.. the Philpott Family

  • I went to school with Doug. We were good friends. We both went our separate ways and just never saw each other again. He was upstanding in high school and from what I read he continued that. So sorry for your loss, I know he will be greatly missed.
    R.I.P. Doug.

  • My sincere thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. You have my deepest sympathy at this difficult time. May God bless and keep you.

  • Hi, Doug and I were fraternity brothers and I still remember his great smile, humor and great times at Purdue. Especially going on spring break with him and other brothers in his dodge green station wagon. He kept us all laughing and in stitches. I will greatly miss Doug and wish I kept in touch. God bless and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The Hogle family.

  • Lynn and family, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Dougs passing. I got to know him when he was a camp counselor at Hidden Hollow Camp. His humor with the campers was unmatched and his dry sense of humor with the other counselors I loved. Again ,so sorry ,he was great . Mr. Nelson Whisler

  • I’m sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure to talk to Doug, he could put a humorous slant on almost any topic.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. God be with you.

  • So, sorry for your families loss. We had the Dental Lab. across the hall from his business. He was always a pleasure to talk to. Missed his wit, when he retired!
    Praying for you and all his loved ones.
    Sincerely , Tom and Darla Hipp

  • Jeff and I are so sorry !!! It was great being neighbors with you guys while our children were so young! We will Continue to be praying for all of you !! We can’t imagine the pain. Always loved Doug’s smile! The picture you chose was perfect!

  • Lynn, I am so sorry for your loss. Doug was a very caring family man. Brent and I will be praying for your family. Again , our condolences.
    Brent and Barb Snyder

  • So sorry for your loss. I will be out of town and can’t attend but I thought a lot of Doug while we were on the Planning Commission..,

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