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Age 82

Date of Death May 16, 2016

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, beginning at 11:00 AM, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 504 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. A visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

Obituary Notice

Age 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 16, 2016, at home with family at his side. Don was born April 4, 1934 in Washington, D.C., to Francis and Florence Sellin. While attending high school at the Maryland School for the Blind, he also took classes at nearby Baltimore City College. Don then enrolled at Frostburg State Teachers College where he met the love of his life, Lucy, the mother of their five children and his wife of the last 59 years. Upon graduating he taught locally for three years before working in a fellowship program at the University of Pittsburgh through which he gained his doctorate in education or Ed.D. His focus would be on the newly forming field of special education with emphases on gifted and talented education, as well as educating mentally and/or physically handicapped persons. His career as a professor, researcher, and author saw him serve many roles. He taught at Michigan State University, Slippery Rock State College and Western Michigan University from which he retired emeriti. He also worked in the 1970’s at the Michigan Department of Mental Health as Cadre Coordinator of Services for Retarded Children. Don also managed to publish five textbooks at the university level alongside dozens of journal articles. Always a ready volunteer and an advocate for the un-championed, Don served many terms as board president of the Kalamazoo Association for Retarded Citizens as well as giving his time to his church, serving on the council and teaching adult Sunday School. In his private life, he always had a warm hello and a ready ear for anyone needing someone to listen, though he could just as easily supply the conversation. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was the consummate model railroader, preferring N gauge and Lionel. Don was also a lifelong reader, recently studying the presidents and the Civil War. In addition to Lucy, surviving are his brother, Wayne (Cindy) Sellin; four children, Elizabeth (Norman) Jackson, Francis (Cynthia) Sellin, John (Julie) Sellin and Andrew (Grace) Sellin; fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in passing by a son, Philip Sellin.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorial contributions may be given to the Marfan Foundation or The Arc Community Advocates, c/o of the funeral home.



Condolence Messages(6)
John, my prayers to you and your loved ones. I pray that God will give you and your family comfort.

Eric T. Williams gave their condolences on 5/18/2016 at 3:31 PM    


John, thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Travel safely.

Joe Armbruster gave their condolences on 5/19/2016 at 8:05 AM    


John, sounds like your father was a great man. My family will be praying for comfort for you and your family.

Bryan Allen gave their condolences on 5/19/2016 at 2:12 PM    


"Grief never ends...but it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith... it's the price of love."

Don West gave their condolences on 5/23/2016 at 2:16 PM    


My sympathy to the whole family. I have fond memories of Dr. Sellin as my professor in under grad special education classes at WMU. I also babysat for him and his wife a few times the first year they came to Kalamazoo. He was a gifted man, and I'm sure a great husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed!

Lorraine (Kozelink) Mosier gave their condolences on 5/28/2016 at 10:07 PM    


John, our prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Jim Brown gave their condolences on 6/1/2016 at 12:47 PM    

Age 82

Date of Death May 16, 2016

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, beginning at 11:00 AM, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 504 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. A visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

Obituary Notice

Age 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 16, 2016, at home with family at his side. Don was born April 4, 1934 in Washington, D.C., to Francis and Florence Sellin. While attending high school at the Maryland School for the Blind, he also took classes at nearby Baltimore City College. Don then enrolled at Frostburg State Teachers College where he met the love of his life, Lucy, the mother of their five children and his wife of the last 59 years. Upon graduating he taught locally for three years before working in a fellowship program at the University of Pittsburgh through which he gained his doctorate in education or Ed.D. His focus would be on the newly forming field of special education with emphases on gifted and talented education, as well as educating mentally and/or physically handicapped persons. His career as a professor, researcher, and author saw him serve many roles. He taught at Michigan State University, Slippery Rock State College and Western Michigan University from which he retired emeriti. He also worked in the 1970’s at the Michigan Department of Mental Health as Cadre Coordinator of Services for Retarded Children. Don also managed to publish five textbooks at the university level alongside dozens of journal articles. Always a ready volunteer and an advocate for the un-championed, Don served many terms as board president of the Kalamazoo Association for Retarded Citizens as well as giving his time to his church, serving on the council and teaching adult Sunday School. In his private life, he always had a warm hello and a ready ear for anyone needing someone to listen, though he could just as easily supply the conversation. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was the consummate model railroader, preferring N gauge and Lionel. Don was also a lifelong reader, recently studying the presidents and the Civil War. In addition to Lucy, surviving are his brother, Wayne (Cindy) Sellin; four children, Elizabeth (Norman) Jackson, Francis (Cynthia) Sellin, John (Julie) Sellin and Andrew (Grace) Sellin; fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in passing by a son, Philip Sellin.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorial contributions may be given to the Marfan Foundation or The Arc Community Advocates, c/o of the funeral home.


Condolence Messages(6)
John, my prayers to you and your loved ones. I pray that God will give you and your family comfort.

Eric T. Williams gave their condolences on 5/18/2016 at 3:31 PM    


John, thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Travel safely.

Joe Armbruster gave their condolences on 5/19/2016 at 8:05 AM    


John, sounds like your father was a great man. My family will be praying for comfort for you and your family.

Bryan Allen gave their condolences on 5/19/2016 at 2:12 PM    


"Grief never ends...but it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith... it's the price of love."

Don West gave their condolences on 5/23/2016 at 2:16 PM    


My sympathy to the whole family. I have fond memories of Dr. Sellin as my professor in under grad special education classes at WMU. I also babysat for him and his wife a few times the first year they came to Kalamazoo. He was a gifted man, and I'm sure a great husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed!

Lorraine (Kozelink) Mosier gave their condolences on 5/28/2016 at 10:07 PM    


John, our prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Jim Brown gave their condolences on 6/1/2016 at 12:47 PM    

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