Services for Don Sellers, 80, of Russell, Iowa will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Interment will follow at the Bethel Cemetery in Russell with Military Honors. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in care of Don's family.
Don Richard Sellers was born on November 6th, 1942 in Chariton, Iowa. He grew up in Russell and graduated from Russell Community High School in 1961. He worked for Gambles Hardware during the following year and, before joining the Air Force, met Virginia “Ginger” McGee. They married on July 7th, 1963 while he was home on leave and moved to Seville, Spain, where they had their daughter, Tammy, and son, Lloyd. Don served another 2½ years as a radio operator who specialized in Morse code before being honorably discharged. He and Ginger moved back to Lucas County.
A true jack-of-all-trades, Don worked a variety of jobs after returning to Russell. In 1977, he and Ginger moved to Post Falls, Idaho where Don drove long-haul semi-trucks. Mule riding was a passion, and he spent long days in the saddle on overnight trail rides and taught each of his grandchildren how to ride. In 2008, Don and Ginger moved back to Russell. Their shared love of travel made driving Hy-Vee Wellness buses the perfect endeavor in their retired years. Don made it to all fifty states.
Don was a cowboy at heart and could often be found wearing his cowboy hat up to get a cup of coffee with friends. He loved his family and spent many evenings playing cribbage or dominoes with his daughter, grandkids, and great-grandkids. Commander of the Legion in Russell, he enjoyed the community he and Ginger found when they moved back to Lucas County. He was a beloved father, (great)grandfather, brother, and uncle, and will be remembered as one of the kindest, most honorable people his family has known.
Don passed away on June 15, 2023, at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Don will be deeply missed by his daughter, Tammy (Joseph) Keough; grandchildren: Jesse (Jacqueline), Ashley (Anthony) Arola, Micaiah, and Jeremiah; great-grandchildren: Nathaniel, Stephanie, Ava, Alexander, and Rose (expected in October!); and his brother, Edward. Don was preceded by his parents, brother Allen, son, Lloyd, and wife, Ginger.