T. William “Bill” Selman, 66, died while visiting family in Portland on Oct. 30. A celebration of his life will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church.
Bill was born June 28, 1941, in Detroit, Mich., to Joseph and Catherine Selman. He lived in many places throughout his life and always said home was where his family was.
Those who knew him say his faith was the guiding principle in his life through which he strove to bring love and healing to others. He reached out with an open mind and an open heart to those most in need and always felt his family was his greatest blessing.
Bill was a scholar, artist, teacher, healer, husband, father, brother and grandfather, and still said he didn’t know what he wanted to be when he grew up.
Above all, those who knew him say he was devoted to honoring the power and glory of God. Bill believed his purpose in life was to be an instrument of God, and that everything he accomplished was only by God’s will and for His divine plan.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susan; his 13 children, William, Robert, Brian, Michael, Catherine, Kevin, Mary, Rebecca, Joseph, Christine, John, Thomas and James; 14 grandchildren; and brother, Joseph. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to FoodForThePoor.org or CovenantHouse.org.
La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending November 3, 2007 – Published: November 3, 2007