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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Theodore Edward Sell

Theodore Edward Sell, age 88, of Glendive, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Glendive with Pastor Avis Anderson officiating. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Ted was born on August 3, 1929 to Henry and Edna (Wilhelm) Sell in Glendive.  As a young child he lived on the family homestead nine miles east of Circle before they moved to the farm two miles east of Lindsay. Ted received his early education at the Lindsay School through eighth grade and continued his education at Dawson County High School in Glendive where he graduated with the class of 1947.  Following high school, Ted enlisted in the United States Navy where he served on the USS Chatterer AMS 40 doing minesweeper duties in Korea. After four years of service, Ted was given an honorable discharge and returned to Glendive where he went to work for the 1st National Bank as a teller. He later continued his education, graduating from the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wis. in 1970 and later the Senior Bank Officers School at Harvard in Boston, Mass. in 1978. Ted continued his banking career for thirty-five years until he retired in October of 1989 as Executive Vice President.  Ted began his next career as a real estate agent for Badlands Reality which he enjoyed for ten years when he retired for the last time.

Ted was united in marriage to Ardis Rufsvold on July 5, 1955 and to this union four children were born, this marriage later ended in divorce.  On October 11, 1987 Ted was united in marriage to Barbara Lee and they remained happily married for the next thirty years until the time of his passing.

Ted enjoyed gardening and sharing his harvest with his family and friends as well as fishing with them at their cabin in Fort Peck, Mont.  Ted loved his family and cherished the time he spent with his children and grandchildren. Ted was a member of the Elks, Jaycees, Lions, Toastmasters and had served on the Glendive Elementary School Board for twenty years.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents; nine brothers, Kenneth, Havard, Roy, Harold, Alfred, Winfred, Raymond, Duane and Paul; three sisters, Francis, Irene and Eunice; two step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Ted is survived by his wife, Barbara of Glendive; three daughters, Greta (Eric) Beam of Billings and their children Megan and Mark, Geri (Pat) Cullinan of Glendive and their sons, Brian and Bryce, and Gwenna Peters of Billings and her daughters Katy and Pam; one son, Geoffery (Jackie) Sell of Pinedale, Wyo. and their children Gerald and Bobbi; two step-daughters, Sharon Meeds of Belle Plaine, Minn. and her son Kevin, and Karen (James) Sefton of Seward, Alaska and their daughter Kelley;  nine great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ted’s name are suggested to the Glendive Medical Center Home Care/Hospice.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.

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