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Barney Allison Selleck

Barney was born on May 18, 1923, in Seattle, WA, and passed away on August 27, 2012, in San Pedro, CA. When he was 6, Barney, his mother, and sister moved to Los Angeles, where he attended local schools, and was a proud graduate of Manual Arts High School. Upon graduation, Barney was accepted as a cadet at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. He graduated as an officer and served on several Liberty ships during WWII. It was during this time that he lost his best friend, Don Murray, to the war. Barney married Merial Stanford on June 7, 1947, in Inglewood, CA, and was a devoted and loving husband until his passing. His career in aerospace began at North American Aviation, which later became North American Rockwell. Upon Barney's retirement from Rockwell, he served as a volunteer at Torrance Memorial Hospital, helping to develop the hospital's psychiatric care unit. During the course of his volunteering, he was offered a position as an employee, and served in this capacity for many years, where he developed the Pet Visitation Program that linked dogs with patients who were comforted by their interaction with the animals. His last years were spent as a tireless caretaker to Merial until his own health prevented him from caring for her any longer. Barney is survived by his wife, Merial; his daughters, Sherrill (Doug) Truax, Laura (Casper) Zublin, and his son, Dan. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Christine (David) Jacobsen, Lisa (Robert) Mears, and Katherine, Emma, Eli, and Mia Zublin, and great grandsons, Nicholas and Sam Jacobsen. Also surviving him are numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in May by his older sister, Helen, with whom he enjoyed an especially close and loving relationship. Barney will be remembered as a kind, gentle, and caring man with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be sorely missed. A celebration of Barney's life will be held at the Truax family home on Sunday, September 9, at 1:00 p.m. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybeeeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8, 2012
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