Lester A. Selin, 92, a lifetime Aberdeen resident, was reunited with his beloved wife, Maxine, for eternity on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Les was born at the Aberdeen family home on Aug. 2, 1921, to Scandinavian immigrants, Edvart John Selin and Anna Lisa (Sederman) Selin. He spent his childhood within the local Scandinavian community, fishing alongside his father and living what is now some of the early history of Aberdeen. As an adult, Les continuously shared that history with his children, grandchildren and friends.
Les attended Aberdeen’s Franklin, A.J. West and Miller Junior High School. He began his formal working career with the Daily World as a paper carrier from 1936-38, then continued with the President Roosevelt WPA program on the Bonneville Power project. He also worked for the Grays Harbor Chair Factory, Harbor Plywood, West Coast Plywood, Aberdeen Plywood, over 30 years with the City of Aberdeen, and over 12 years with Red Ralls and Rich Hartman’s Five Star Ford, finally retiring in 2004. He enlisted into the US Navy on July 29, 1942, at Seattle and served with the US Naval Blimp Squadron 33, stationed in Tillamook, Ore. Les was a decorated World War II Navy veteran, being awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Area Campaign Medal and the World War Two Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 28, 1946, at Bremerton, Wash., as a Seaman First Class.
Lester Selin married Maxine Lewin on Aug. 2, 1958, at the home of her parents in Aberdeen. After 53 years of marriage, his beloved Maxine preceded him in death in 2012.
Family was the center of Les’ life and he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There was also a special place in his heart for his dearly loved sister, Irene, his brother, Art and his nieces, Bonnie and Gail and his nephews, Doug and David.
Les was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and clam digging, a passion that he shared with his children. He also had a love of cars ranging from his first car, a Model A Ford, to his most current car, a Buick.
Les leaves behind his dearly loved children, Jerry (Carmen) Blanchard and Arthur (Jean) Blanchard all of Aberdeen, Lester (Cindy) Selin of Montesano and Maxine M. Selin of Arlington, Wash.; nieces, Bonnie Pyatt of Bremerton, Gail (Dorrel) Quinton of Oak Harbor; nephew, David (Jan) Anderson of Normandy Park; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Les was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Maxine; infant daughter, Mary Ann; parents, Edvart and Anna Lissa Selin; sister, Irene Kosar; brother, Arthur VonVolkli and nephew, Doug VonVolkli.
The family would like to extend a special thank you and appreciation to neighbors Jim and Della Neeley and Ona O’Brien for their friendship, kinship and generosity that they shared with Les over the years.
A graveside service of inurnment with full military honors will be held at the Elma Masonic Cemetery on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at 11 a.m. A memorial tribute will be held at the Cosmopolis Lions Club beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street, Hoquiam, WA 98550
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.