SCOTTSBLUFF -- Erceil Eugene Sellers, 92, of Scottsbluff, formerly of Hayes County, passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at Western Nebraska Veteran's Home in Scottsbluff.
His funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Monday, March 1, 2010, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte with Pastor John Lewis of Camp Bethel of Wellfleet officiating. Interment will be at 3 p.m., at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell with military honors provided by the Nebraska Army National Guard and North Platte Veteran's Honor Guard.
www.dugankramer.com. Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff is in charge of arrangements.
Erceil was born July 25, 1917, near Wellfleet, Neb., to Leo R. and Lola Pearl (Lawrence) Sellers. He grew up on the family ranch which was homesteaded by his grandparents, Solomon and Sophia Sellers. In 1935, he graduated from Wellfleet High School.
He served with the 35th Quartermaster Company from 1941 to 1945. They were awarded five battle stars for Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe, as well as, the Good Conduct Medal and Distinguished Unit Badge. He also received the Carbine Marksman Badge. He trained at Cooks and Bakers School at Camp Stoneman, California and The Institute of Baking in Chicago, Illinois.
On June 5, 1945, he married Vera Nicholson, in Kingsbridge, South Devon, England. After his discharge in October 1945, he worked around the Wellfleet area while waiting for his war bride to arrive from England. In March of 1946, they moved to the Willow Place in Hayes County, Neb. There they raised their family and remained until 2007, when at the age of 90 they moved to the Gering and Scottsbluff area to be near their daughter.
He was a member of the Evergreen Union Church serving on the board and as their missionary treasurer for many years. He also served on the District No. 1 School Board and was a member of Farm Bureau, American Legion, and Hayes County Historical Society.
Survivors include his wife, Vera of Scottsbluff; daughters, Carol (Steve) Barger of Phoenix, Ariz., Linda (Rich) Johnson of Kimball, and Diane (Mike) Alverson of Meridian, Idaho; daughter-in-law, Patti Bubna of Scottsdale, Ariz.; granddaughters, Crystal (Blake) Goodman of Cave Creek, Ariz.; Jackie (Jim) Palmer of Phoenix, Ariz., Christina (Steve) Burroughs of Phoenix, Ariz., Mitsi Sellers of Washington, DC, Melanie (David) Knox of North Hollywood, Calif., Cami Johnson of Scottsbluff, Kelli (Jarod) Whitehead of Chandler, Ariz. and Jocelyn and Breanna Alverson of Meridian, Idaho; great-grandchildren, Maddison and Taylor Goodman, Dakota, Natalie and Brooklyn Palmer, Gabriel and Amara Burroughs; brother, Stanley (Devonna) Sellers; sisters-in-law, Shirley Sellers, Marion Sellers, and Esther Sellers; brother-in-law, Orval Coykendall of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gary; granddaughter, Traci Jo; brothers, Vernon, Harrison, and Lawrence; sisters, Lois (Loren) Hall, and Donna Coykendall; infant brother and sister, Richard and Rita; nephew, Donald Sellers; niece, Marlene Sellers; in-laws, Edgar and Annie Nicholson.