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Donald Ralph Selby, 84, of Joplin, Mo., passed from this life on Thursday, April 27, 2017, following a long illness.
Don was born in Ashland, Mo., on October 17, 1932, to the late Ralph and Alma Selby. Don was the oldest of five sons; JC, Lewis, Wayne and Terry Selby.
After a long and successful career, Don and his wife, Faye, retired in Joplin, Mo., in 1983. Don was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He was happiest when he was among family.
Don married his wife, Faye, on June 4, 1955 upon returning from the Korean War in 1955.
He is survived by his wife, Faye, of 61 years; sons, Gary and Ruth, of Kimberling City, Mo., Duane and Sue, of Lee Summit, Mo.; four grandchildren, Tiffany Selby, Tara and Andrew Mitchell, Tyler Selby, Logan and Katy Selby; three great- grandchildren, Palmer Selby, Mickelson Selby and Hudson Mitchell. Other than his parents, Don is also preceded in death by a brother, JC Selby.
Funeral services will be Monday, May 1, at 2 p.m. at Parker Mortuary, in Joplin, with entombment to follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, Joplin. Family will receive friends starting at 1 p.m. up to service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association or Hospice Compassus, both in care of the mortuary.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.
Published on April 29, 2017
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