Carl John Selchow, age 100, of Glencoe, formerly of Plato, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at his home in Grand Meadows Senior Living in Glencoe.
He was born Jan. 8, 1916, in Plato, the son of Charles and Frieda (Franke) Selchow. Carl was baptized as an infant Jan. 16, 1916, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth April 13, 1930, both by the Rev. Boumann at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg.
Carl attended school at Emanuel Lutheran School in Hamburg.
He was united in marriage to Elsa Miller May 18, 1941, by the Rev. Ehlen at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato. Carl and Elsa’s marriage was blessed with five children, Charles, Stuart, Ethel, Sherril, and Gail. They shared over 74 years of marriage.
The couple made their home in Plato until two years ago, when they became residents at Grand Meadows Senior Living in Glencoe.
Carl was a farmer and enjoyed working the land and tending to the animals.
He was a lifelong member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg, where he served on the school board, was a trustee, elder, and custodian. He was also a member of the Hamburg Lions, and served as director/president for the Young America Mutual Insurance Company.
Carl enjoyed tractors, hunting, fishing, wood-working, and flying in his son, Stuart’s plane. He also loved spending time at the family’s cabin in Menahga, MN. Carl cherished the time spent with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Elsa Selchow of Glencoe; children, Charles Selchow and his wife, Betty, of Green Isle, Stuart Selchow and his wife, Jackie, of Plato, Ethel Selchow of Warroad, Sherril Burr and her husband, Gerald, of Mesa, AZ, and Gail Kundinger and her husband, Todd, of Midland, MI; grandchildren: Chuck Selchow and his wife, Lisa, Donovan Selchow and his wife, Kristi, Neina Selchow, Deric Selchow and his wife, Kari, Kelli Palmquist and her husband, Tad, Adam Kundinger, and Ally Kundinger; and great-grandchildren Bennet Selchow, Arthina Selchow, Anna Selchow, Jack Palmquist, Jase Palmquist, Ben Selchow, Alex Selchow, Grant Selchow, and Ace Selchow.
He is further survived by sister-in-law Esther Wroge of Glencoe; brother-in-law Maynard Dammann of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Frieda Selchow; five brothers; three sisters; four sisters-in-law; and four brothers-in-law.
Funeral services took place Sunday, Jan, 24 at 2 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg, followed by interment in the church cemetery.The Rev. Donald Andrix officiated at the services. Kathy Oelfke was the organist. Special music was provided by Emanuel Lutheran Church Men’s Choir, which performed “Beautiful Savior” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Congregational hymns were “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” and “Abide With Me.”
Carl’s grandchildren were his casket bearers: Chuck Selchow, Donovan Selchow, Neina Selchow, Deric Selchow, Kelli Palmquist, Adam Kundinger, and Ally Kundinger.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.