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“Sorry to hear of the passing of Richard. He was a classmate and friend when I attended A H S. Rip in peace my friend. REB ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: Robert E. Lee - Bowie, MD

“Sorry to hear of Richard's passing . Lots of memories from working together at VA.rest in peace Richard. ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Daniel Harvey - urbandale, IA

“So sorry for families loss graduated with Rich and respected him greatly a very gentle human being RIP ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Don(Doc) Isley - Perry, IA

“So sorry for your loss, thinking of your family. ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: Alan Harrington - Albia, IA

“My thoughts and prayers for the Selby family. ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Pam Ford - Albia, IA - Friend

“So sorry for your loss, Richie was always fun to be around at the VAag ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Mike McCall - Branson, MO

“To all the Selby family: What fond memories I have of your family. My sincere sympathies to all. Praying for God's grace to guide, strengthen and...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Carol (Visser) Rozenboom - Bussey, IA

“I worked with Richie for 20 years at the VA. He was great friend, always willing to help in any way he could. I loved his sense of humor and we...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Margaret Beaver - Knoxville, IA

“I enjoyed working with Rich at the VA. He was very kind-hearted and enjoyed making people laugh. It's so hard to lose a loved one - my thoughts...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Darla Marsh - Knoxville, IA

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Selby family at this time. Kathy Lientz ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Kathy Lientz - Austin, MN

“was sorry to hear of rich's passing my thoughts and prayers go out to all of rich's family. I remember a lot of fun times and fond memories with Rich...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Wayne Steele - knoxville, IA

“I will miss you dear brother. I don't know what I'll do not getting to talk to you on the phone several times a day. I love you. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: BRENDA J SELBY - Albia, IA

“Dear Selby Family: I am so sorry for your loss. I spent many a weekend with Val and her family (and Donna). Rich will be dearly missed. My...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Vicki Mitchell Wheatcraft - IA

“My prayers are with you all ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Kathy Griffin - Albia, IA

“I am so sorry to hear for your loss tell pam and the whole family they will be in mom and I prayers during this sad time -Amy Michelle Peterson ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: Amy Peterson - Indianola, IA

“Very sorry for your loss ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Mark and sandi williams - Bussey, IA

“So sorry for your loss. Rich was a hoot to be around and work with. Always a smile, joke, or prank could be expected. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Betty Thompson - Albia, IA

“We will miss you Richie!!! Love ya!!! ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Valerie Selby Small - Audubon, IA

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19 of 19 | Posted by: Valerie Selby Small - Audubon, IA


Richard Ernest Selby, age 63, of Bussey, passed away July 8, 2015, at the Griffin Rehabilitation Center in Knoxville.

Richard was born May 21, 1952 in Albia, to Gene and Madge (Spurgin) Selby. He graduated from the Albia High School, Class of 1970. Richard served his country in the United States Navy, as an Air Traffic Controller on the U.S.S. Constellation. Richard married Sandy Marlin on February 21, 1970 to this union two children were born, DeAnne and Lisa Jane. They later divorced and he married Lisa Kendall on June 14, 1991.

He worked for Clow Valve in Oskaloosa before going to work for Brookwood Plumbing and heating and later for the Veterans Hospital in Knoxville, where he worked for 28 years before retiring. Richard was a Past member of the masonic Lodge, and the Lovilia Fire and Rescue. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing and riding his Harley Davidson. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan and an animal lover especially his Terrier Bobby. Family was everything and his true joy in life was spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Selby of Bussey; his two daughters, DeAnne (James) Robinson of Petal, Mississippi, and Lisa Jane (Jason) Meyer of Fort Dodge; Six grandchildren, Regan, Sawyer, Emersyn, Izabella, Peyton and Lily. Richard is also survived by his siblings, Valerie (Rick) Small, Kirby (Pam) Selby, Brenda Selby and Tim (Mary Jo Grimes) Selby; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Madge and a niece Megan Selby.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Vince Goemaat officiating. Burial will follow services at Liberty Cemetery in Bussey, with military rites provided by the American Legion, of Melrose, Albia and Lovilia.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Richard's family present.

An open memorial has been established.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.tharpfh.com.