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Donald Sellin

Donald Willis Sellin, 74, of Bemidji, died Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.

He was born June 16, 1934 in Todd County to Louis and Martha (Dehnel) Sellin. The family moved to the Solway area and he graduated from Bemidji High School in 1953.

After high school, he married Irene Silverthorn and worked on the Iron Range. They came back to Bemidji and he worked at Gambles. In the spring and summers he would go out to Kentucky and Ohio to help construct airport runways.

In 1968 he married Doris Chase in Clarissa. Throughout the 1960s and 70s he sold furniture and drove truck around the Bemidji area. In 1978 he became disabled and continued to reside in Bemidji.

He is survived by three daughters: Debby (Ron) Beckerleg, of Elk River, Darla Odland, of Park Rapids, Trinket (Greg) Schilling, of Sebeka; two sons: Kevin (Kim), of Bagley, and Donald Jr. (Heidi), of Park Rapids; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters: Neva (Howard) Forseth, of Bemidji, and Phyllis Sukert, of Bemidji; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Ellen; two brothers: Verlin and Devere; and his wife, Irene.

Memorial service: Friday, April 3 at Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji, with Rev. Derek Claypool officiating.

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