Jan. 1, 1915 - Sept. 11, 2011
G. LeRoy Selby, 96, passed away in his sleep Sept. 11, 2011, at home in Walla Walla.
LeRoy was born in Wauneta, Neb., to Harvey and Louida Selby and lived in that area as a child. Even though he was raised on a farm, he always claimed to know little about farming. He spent much time at his grandparents as a child and loved the extra attention from his grandmother.
After graduation from high school in Benkelman, Neb., LeRoy attended Denver Bible Institute and sold shoes for a living. He graduated from Sterling College in Kansas and from Pittsburgh Xenia Seminary and obtained a master's degree from Fuller Theological
Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., in 1955 while on furlough. In 1947, he married Mae Darnel and settled in Alexandria, Pa. where he pastured a church while completing seminary. After he was ordained as a minister of the Presbyterian Church they applied for missionary work in a section of India, which became Pakistan before they arrived in 1949. Their first daughter was born while they were waiting for travel to be
arranged and was 6 months old when they sailed from the U.S., subsequently three more daughters were born in Pakistan and their one and only beloved son was born in Iowa on their first furlough. They were first stationed in Gujranwala and Lyallpur followed by various other locations in Pakistan with brief furloughs in the U.S. from 1949 to 1980, when LeRoy retired for the first time. During these years LeRoy worked with pastors in the local churches and spent winter months in camps, working with the local pastor (who served several villages). In the last years he was working with low caste Hindu group, Fagirs who wanted their children to be educated. In 1971, his
beloved wife, lla Mae, passed away due to cancer. LeRoy left many friends in Pakistan.
After retirement LeRoy was hired as assistant pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Walla Walla starting in November 1981. In July 1982, he married Anita Landau, who was on the selection committee. God worked in wonderful ways to bring these two together to enjoy another 29 years of wedded bliss after having been widowed early in life. He retired a second time in December 1989, yet remained very active in the church and community.
LeRoy loved music. We would gather around him at the patio and sing hymns, psalms, and worship songs. LeRoy and Anita enjoyed playing together, LeRoy at the piano and Anita on the organ.
LeRoy leaves behind his wife, Anita; five children, Mary and David Johnson of Midway City, Calif., Becky and Denny Yoder of Wellman, Iowa; Jerry and Lois Selby of Indianola, Iowa, Esther and Rick Eshbaugh of Harvey, N.D., Janet and Jack Schoessler of College Place; three step-children, Jerry and Joan Landau of Longview, Wash., Marcia and Rich Engeln of Fresno, Calif., Dan and Joyce Landau of Grandview, Wash.; 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, IIa Mae; a brother, Don; and sister, Fern.
Viewing and visitation will be held 1-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Herring Funeral Home. The service will be at the First Presbyterian Church in Walla Walla at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. Burial will be in Washington, Iowa.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or 2011 Flood Relief Work in Pakistan or charity of your choice through the Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, WA. 99362.
Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at www.herringgroseclose.net.