Richard Selleck
1929 - 2020
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Selleck, Richard The Rev. Dr. Richard Arlan Selleck passed away peacefully on December 29th, 2020, at Clark Home in Grand Rapids, Mi. He was 91. Rev. Selleck (Dick) was born on December 21st, 1929 in Breckenridge, Michigan, to Lloyd and Ruby Selleck. As a young man, his family moved to Lansing, where he would attend and graduate from Everett High School. It was here that he would meet and marry Marion Dadd and bear their 3 sons: Rev. David Arlan Selleck (Anne) of Grand Haven, Rev. Micheal Lee Selleck (Christine) of Cumming, Georgia, and Rev. Gerald Lynn Selleck (Claudia) of Grand Rapids. Marion passed away in 1995. In addition to his 3 sons, Dick is survived by 9 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Finally, he is survived by his 2nd wife, Eloise Banta-Selleck, his ray of sunshine, whom he married in 1996. After graduation, Dick joined his father's painting business, before heeding the call to ministry in 1955. Subsequently, he was appointed to a student charge of the Ogdensburg Methodist Church on the Old Mission Peninsula, north of Traverse city. While there, he completed his Associate's degree at Northern Michigan University, and his Bachelor's degree at Michigan State University. While at Ogdensburg, he led a building program for a new church, that today, is known as the Old Mission United Methodist Church. His remains will be buried at the cemetery there, alongside those of Marion. Dick and family then moved to New Jersey, where he received his MDiv degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Returning to West Michigan, Dick's pastoral appointments were Oakdale Methodist Church in Grand Rapids (1963), Rockford Methodist Church (1966), Temple United Methodist Church in Muskegon Heights (1970), Kalamazoo District Superintendent (1977), Conference Council Director (1983), Christ United Methodist Church in Lansing (1987), and Sand Lake/South Ensley United Methodist Churches (1992). Dick retired from active ministry in 1996. In addition to faithfully serving churches, Dick was well known for his work in civil rights and leadership. He was part of the founding of Mission for Area People (MAP) in Muskegon Heights as well as other organizations and ministries. Adrian College bestowed on him an honorary doctorate for his achievements. Dick will be remembered for his love of Christ and His Church. He also loved fishing, motorcycling, and reading. Even towards the end, he was always learning and teaching. He will be missed by his family and all who were touched by his Faith, generosity, and preaching. Due to COVID-19, services are pending and will be updated on the Pederson Funeral Home website when finalized. Condolences can be sent to David Selleck, 13687 Pinewood Dr., Grand Haven, Mi. 49417. If you wish to give a memorial gift in Dick's name, consider the Selleck Scholarship Fund, that benefits those from Temple UMC attending college. Checks should be made out to Temple UMC, designated for the 'Selleck Scholarship Fund', and can be sent to Temple UMC, 2500 Jefferson St., Muskegon Heights, Mi. 49444



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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Jan. 7 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
I was saddened to hear about Rev. Selleck. I am on bended knee sending prayers of comfort to the entire family. May the many memories you have shared together over the years help you thru this sad time. I also pray that in the years to come that those same memories will bring a smile to your face when you think of them. My fondest memory was years ago at a father son fishing outing and David showing my dad how to skin a catfish. And Rev Selleck and I standing there watching, his arm around me and telling me how good catfish was..
Andy Youells
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January 11, 2021
He was one of the great ones! Our sympathies to your amazing family!
Dan Minor
January 9, 2021
Some 50 years ago My family were weekly attendees at Temple United Methodist Church. I was saddened to read of Reverend Sellecks passing. I fondly remember him making special time for me; whether it be at "cookie time" after the service, mentoring my confirmation class, or us kids sitting at the altar while he gave the children sermons. He was one impressive human being! Signed,
A young boy who was made better
by knowing Rev. Selleck.

P.S. He also had one cool dog; a Boxer named Caesar if remember correctly.
David Clark
Friend
January 8, 2021
To the family of Pastor Dick Selleck,
As a young couple with six children during Dick's time at Temple he, and Marion too, meant so much to our entire family. Besides being great leaders they were also our friends.
Sincerely,
Judy & Joe Clark and children
Judy & Joe Clark
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January 7, 2021
Our condolences to Eloise and the entire Selleck/Banta families. Dick was an amazing man and we pray your precious memories of him will bring you through this difficult time. Our prayers are with all of you. God bless!
Chaplain Wes and Lil Spyke
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