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Clarence E. Sell
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“Speaking not only for myself but my sons as well we truly offer our thoughts and prayers to the Sell family. Mr. Sell, as we were taught to address...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Henry Schafer and family - MI

“All our love & prayers to your family. I am sure he was a proud father and grandfather. Wish we could be there with you. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Jim, Debbie, Greg, Mike Haugan - VA

“Uncle Clarence was one of my sponsors when I was baptized. When I was a young girl, I remember my family going to the farm on Northline to help pick...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Dorothy & Darrell Schepmann - TX

“The twinkle in your eyes and in your smile, your love for God's creation and your willingness to care for, tend and nourish it, and your sharing of...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Bruce and Karen Siebarth - MI

“Well Clarence dad, you do not have to worry about going to that palce any more. Your pain is gone and your kidneys are all good now. David said it...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: David and Linda - MI

“Uncle Clarence will be in our thoughts and prayers. He has gone home and will be with God and his family, including Aunt Lois. Our prayers also go...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Laura E. Engelsman-Bowser - NJ

“When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. ...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Jim and Terri Sell - Saline, MI


Clarence E. Sell, Carleton, Michigan, age 92, passed away early Saturday morning, August 13, 2011 at Henry Ford Hospital in Wyandotte. Clarence Edward Sell was born in a part of Taylor, Michigan known as Wyandotte on September 26, 1918. His parents were John Edward Sell and Emma Bertha Paschke. Clarence was baptized and confirmed at St. Johns Lutheran Church. His baptism was on October 20, 1918; his godparents were Willy Sell and Maria Paschke. On April 9, 1933, Clarence was confirmed, his confirmation verse is 2 Peter 3:18: "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen." Clarence attended Fletcher School in Taylor through the 8th grade, he was the top speller in the spelling bee and won a dictionary. Clarence served in the United States Army from March 28, 1941 until October 31, 1945. He was a Staff Sergeant in the 451st Medical Collection Company during WWII. He supervised a company supply room which equipped 96 enlisted men. He received and issued clothing, filled out requisitions, was in charge of the physical inventories and kept record of all stock received and issued. Clarence sailed over to England on the ship Queen Mary, landed D2 on Normandy Beach and subsequently moved with his unit through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. He is a member of the Carleton VFW Post 4093. When Clarence came home from the Army in 1945 he purchased the Sell family farm from his parents. Clarence met Lois Mae Kaschafsky and the two were married on April 26, 1952 with Elmer Sell and Doris Gardner standing as witnesses: Clarence's brother and Lois' sister. Rev. Gagern officiated the marriage at Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn. After the ceremony a reception was held at the IOOF Hall in Flat Rock for 400 guests with the Wegienka Brothers band providing the music for the evening. For 26 years Clarence and Lois lived and farmed the Sell family farm in Wyandotte (later becoming Taylor) in the house that is now the Downriver Council for the Arts' Home Gallery. They were given a private tour of the gallery before its grand opening. Wayne County Community College also is on the land that was farmed. In 1978 Clarence and Lois moved to a farm in Carleton and continued farming. In addition to grain and hay they grew produce and plants for sale at the Eastern Market and the Western Market prior to its closure. Clarence continued to reside in Carleton until April 2011 when after a hospital stay he was transferred to the Rivergate Health Care Center for rehabilitation. He was looking forward to moving back home to Carleton in the very near future. Clarence loved farming, his nephew Ray Mehling noted that "Uncle Keg" (as he was known to his siblings and many of his nieces and nephews) told him that when he was in Europe during the war he kept saying if he got home all he wanted to do was farm. Clarence is survived by: Two sons, Larry (Blanche) Sell of Romulus, David (Linda) Sell of Carleton; two daughters, Susan Sell of Carleton, Connie (Wayne) Haugan of Warren; one grandchild Daniel Haugan; one sister Emma (Stanley) Malik of Westland; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

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