John R. Erler, 79, passed away at 5:29 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, in Edwardsville.
He was born in South Bend, Ind., on June 26, 1935, the son of the late John R. and Esther (Rump) Erler.
He married Barbara Dawson on Sept. 5, 1959, in Indianapolis.
John received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1958 and an MBA from Washington University in 1965.
John was an engineer for Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals for 40 years and was a past president of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, Greg (Paula) Erler of Alton, and David Erler of Boston; four grandchildren, Charlie, CeCe, Christopher and Matthew Erler; one brother, Paul (Frances) Erler of Kalispell, Montana; and three sisters, Betty (Bill) Jantzen of Indianapolis, Mary Ann (Gordon) Ziemann of Cedarberg, Wis., and Doris Rittman of St. Louis.
John was a member of Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey. A memorial service will follow with Pastor Ted Laesch officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.