Longtime Plainville resident and community leader Charles F. “Chick” Selbe passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in Hays Medical Center with much of his family at his side at the age of 84. Chick was born in Sharon Springs, Kansas, one of 9 children of William and Adelaide (Barnes) Selbe.
Chick excelled in sports in high school playing quarterback all 4 years and serving as the captain on both football and basketball teams. On February 23, 1945 when the Marines were famously raising the flag on Mount Suribachi, Chick turned 17. At 18, and before officially graduating from Plainville High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he proudly served in the Hawaiian Islands among other locations during the end of World War II.
Upon returning to Plainville following his service, Chick fell in love with Margaret Wise. They were married on September 3, 1950. Chick and Margaret were more than a couple, they were a team, often working side by side on one of Chicks many projects.
Chick may have run more businesses and held more jobs that any person in America. He sold tires, sporting goods, carpet, minnows, worms, cars, fireworks and real-estate and he loved being an auctioneer. He gave everything to his family and community.
He will be missed by his four children, Susan Stahl and husband Greg of Plainville, Lora Weigel and husband Randy of Plainville, Steve Selbe and wife Jackie of Kingwood, Texas, and Sheila Hachmeister and husband Kenny of Natoma; ten grandchildren, Josh and Jason Stahl, Jake and Dan Weigel and Katie Youll, Lucas, Jared and Seth Hachmeister and Maggie and Graham Selbe; and best friend and brother, Jack “Johnny” Selbe of Plainville.
Chick was preceded in death by his parents, William and Adelaide; wife, Margaret; and seven brothers and sisters.
Funeral Services are planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Plainville with Pastor Claire Gadberry and Roger Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in the Plainville Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Church.
Memorials are suggested to the Andreson Memorial Park and may be sent in care of Moore-Overlease Funeral Chapel, 409 S. Cochran, Plainville, Kansas 67663. Condolences may be left for the family at www.mooreoverlease.com
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