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John W. Selmar


1928 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
John W. Selmar Obituary
John W. Selmar

March 19, 1928 ~ March 6, 2014

John W. Selmar was born in Greeley, Colorado on March 19, 1928 to Herman and Alida Selmar.

He attended school there and graduated from Greeley High School, then joined the U.S. Navy.

He received his Bachelor's Degree from University Of Dubuque, Iowa and Master's Degree from University of Iowa in audiology and speech pathology.

John met and married Lois Schneider from Wheatland, IA on March 18, 1951. John and Lois had two daughters, Christine, and Katherine and lived in Seattle from 1954-2000.

John spent 12 years as a speech therapist with the Seattle Public Schools where John helped develop, and published a test of articulation in the 1960's which is still being published and used.

John published two booklets "Help, This Child is Starting to Stutter" and Help, This Child is Stuttering."

He became coordinator of the Speech and hearing in the Lake Washington Public Schools, where he spent 18 years working with children of all ages. After retiring in 1984 he went in to private practice working with adults and children who stuttered as well as coaching personal speaking, and relocated to Gresham in 2000.

John also was politically active at the local, state, and national levels. He was a devoted church member of Broadview Community Church in Seattle, WA, and Zion United Church of Christ in Gresham.

John was preceded in death by his parents, and daughter Katherine.

Survivors include his wife Lois, daughter Christine Pantera of Gresham; son in law Peter Stitch and granddaughter Allison Selmar-Stitch of Troutdale and granddaughter Stephanie Smith of Glendale, AZ.

A memorial service will be held at 2p.m., Sunday, May 4 at Zion United Church of Christ 2025 NE 23rd St. Gresham, OR.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion United Church of Christ P.O. Box 3099 Gresham, OR 97030.
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2014
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