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Elmer A. Sellnow

March 2, 1930 ~ September 19, 2020 (age 90)


Elmer A. Sellnow, 90 of Belle Plaine, passed away on September 19, 2020 at Kingsway Retirement Living in Belle Plaine.

Elmer was born March 2, 1930 in Blakely, MN to Frank and Anna (Mueller) Sellnow.  Elmer grew up on the farm in Blakeley and was the youngest of nine children.  He attended Blakeley school through grade 8 and graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1948. After a short stint in farming, he worked for many years at Thermo King, Westerman Lumber, Norwesco and Mammoth, mainly specializing in sheet metal work.

On June 14, 1952, Elmer married Wanda Draeger at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo, WI.  Elmer and Wanda started out their married life on a farm near Waterloo, WI.  After several years, they moved back to Belle Plaine and raised their family of six boys.  Later in life, they moved to Cleveland, MN by Lake Jefferson to enjoy the lake life and were also proud to be Winter Texans, residing in McAllen, TX for the better part of 10 winters.  Their final moves were back to Belle Plaine and eventually into Kingsway Retirement Living.

Elmer enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards with family and friends. He was delighted whenever there was a large family gathering.  He also was talented with woodworking, making many pieces for family and friends.  He was a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine, baptized on March 30, 1930 and confirmed on May 23, 1943 and served in several capacities and as an usher for over 40 years.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Wanda; sons Ron (Barb) of Bloomington, MN; Dave (Denni) of Hubertus, WI; Tom (Janet) of Belle Plaine, MN; Larry (Lynn) of Montello, WI: Jeff (Annette) of Burnsville, MN; and Mark (Sue) of Bloomington, MN; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren and one sister-in-law, Joanne Harms.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sister-in-laws, Carl (Leona) Sellnow; Wesley (Edna) Sellnow; Martin (Ruby) Sellnow; Ben (Eleanora) Sellnow; sisters and brother-in-laws Marie (Lawrence) Mueller; Esther (Verner) Hillstrom; Ruth (Rudolph) Mueller; Nora (Floyd) Borchardt; and brother-in-law Gus Harms.

Elmer requested that any memorials be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine.  Funeral arrangements are being made by Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine.  Memorial service will be held at 1PM on Saturday, September 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine, with visitation an hour prior to the service.  Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery following the service.

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