Leo Selzler passed away peacefully on May 25, 2021 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Leo was born on May 17, 1936 in Minot, North Dakota to Joseph and Viola (Dexheimer) Selzler. He was raised and educated in the Velva/Voltaire area.
Lee went to work at the Velva Creamery in 1953 until 1955 when the family moved to Coeur d'Alene and Hayden Lake, Idaho. Lee was hired by the Coeur d'Alene Creamery and subsequently worked for the Big Y Truck stop at 23rd and Sherman. After a few years, he went to work for the State of Idaho Department of Transportation as a road maintenance foreman. Throughout his career, he built many relationships and worked closely with surrounding area governments, like the City of Hayden. He worked for the State of Idaho until his retirement, and went on to work for the Coeur d’Alene Garbage Service for a few years.
Lee married Darline Schilling on July 20, 1958 and shortly after purchased a new home where they were blessed with a son, Kevin. Lee loved being the host of any event, and welcomed everyone into their home with open arms. Lee was always proud of the garden and yard maintained at the house, and his knack for growing tomatoes. He also loved making all types of sausages, and was an activity that he and his dad shared back on the farm in North Dakota. Throughout his life, Lee had a deep love for music. He learned how to play every instrument he picked up, and could always be heard singing or humming his favorite songs.
After his retirement, Lee could always be found in his shop, “tinkering” on various projects, he had a particular love for classic cars or anything with a motor. Among his many projects were cars, pickups and a John Deere tractor. Among his favorites was a 1926 Star, 1955 Ford Sunliner convertible,1955 Ford Crown Victoria,1957 Pontiac 4-door sedan,1971 Mercury Cougar convertible, 1953 Ford F-100, and a 1958 Ford Thunderbird. Lee had also been an avid pheasant hunter since moving to Coeur d’Alene in ’55. He and Kevin spent decades together doing various activities such as hunting and fishing. Lee and Darline vacationed and managed a resort at Arrow Point on Coeur d’Alene Lake for many years during the summer months. He always enjoyed spending the day out fishing, and even owned a boat for a few years when he was an avid fisherman. Lee also spent a lot of time with his granddaughter Rachael, and the two held a close, special bond.
He will be placed in the St. Pius X Columbarium along with Darline and his sister, Mary Irving.
Lee was preceded in death by his wife, Darline; his parents; brothers Joe, Eddie, Jim and John; and by his sisters, Carol, Betty and Mary.
Lee is survived by his son, Kevin and his granddaughter Rachael Selzler. Lee is also survived by his brother, Leonard Selzler brother-in-law, Jim Irving, along with numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
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