Mr. Gary D. Sell

  • Born: January 20, 1936
  • Died: October 11, 2016
  • Location: Springviwew, Nebraska

Hoch Funeral Homes Inc

1320 E 4th St
Ainsworth, NE 69210
Tel. (402)-387-1880

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather

Message From The Family

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Gary D. Sell 80 of Springview, Nebraska passed away October 11, 2016 at his home with family at his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Gary was born January 20, 1936 at Winner, South Dakota to Henry and Theresa (Gehlsen) Sell. He grew up in Todd County South Dakota, the youngest of five children, along with his sister, Delores Holmes, and brothers, Gerald, Donald, and Howard. He attended school in Todd County.
Gary married Bobbi Pettit on April 24, 1958 in Winner. To this union were born, nine children; Cindy, Connie, Ryan, Debra, Dave, Merrit, Brett, Kaye Lynn, and John.
He ranched in South Dakota and Nebraska throughout his adult life. He was a police officer in South Dakota, and served as the Keya Paha County Nebraska Sheriff for twenty-eight years. After his retirement as Sheriff, Gary worked part time for the Brown and Rock County Sheriff departments. Gary enjoyed woodworking as evidenced by the many items he made for family and friends. He was also very proud of the casket he crafted for his final resting place here on earth.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, wife Bobbie, and his infant sons, Ryan and Brett. He is survived by his children, Cindy Lackey of Elko, Nevada, Connie (Scott) LeZotte of Rapid City, South Dakota, Debra (Keith) Davis of Madison, Nebraska, Dave (Mary Kay) Sell of Martin, South Dakota, Merrit Sell of Rapid City, Kaye Lynn (Larry) Day of Bartlett, Nebraska, and John Sell of Miller, South Dakota; sister, Deloris Holmes of Winner, and brother, Donald (Mary) Sell of Otis, Oregon; along with his fifteen grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family.
Funeral Services were held Monday October 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bassett, Nebraska with Father Phil Flott serving as officiant. Music was provided by Nichole Flynn and Jason Nelson. Special music selections of "Amazing Grace," "Old Rugged Cross," and "Be Not Afraid" were also provided. Internment followed at the Winner South City Cemetery in Winner, South Dakota. Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth was in charge of the arrangements.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Sincerest sympathies to the family of Gary Sell. Your family was good to me as a "neighbor kid" and were instrumental in my beliefs with Jesus Christ. A home away from home. Thoughts and prayers to his family

Posted by Stacie & Russell Nilson - Springview, NE - Neighbor   October 18, 2016


Our sincere sympathy to the Sell family.

Posted by Al & Barb Shannon - Plainview, NE - Friend   October 18, 2016

My sincere sympathy to Gary's family. I always had the utmost respect for Gary. He and Bobbi were a great asset to the community.

Posted by Kathy Wenger - Mills, NE - Friend   October 17, 2016


Posted by Kristie Mizner - Springview, NE - Neighbor   October 16, 2016

I am saddened to hear of the lost of Gary Sell and wish to extend sympathies to the family and to the community. When I remember him, the first image that comes to mind is him sitting patiently in the squad car as school let out each day. Just being there. Solid. Watching. On duty.

Posted by Nita Gelling Cloran - Central City, NE - Coworker   October 16, 2016

Thoughts and prayers to all. Mitch and Bev (Hostert) Nelson.

Posted by Bev Nelson - Creighton, NE   October 15, 2016

Condolences to Gary Sell family. I alwsys enjoyed our conversations he was a great man who gave so much to our community. Our family will miss Gary deeply.

Posted by Carl Chaze - Springview, NE - Friend   October 14, 2016

Dear Sell Family, I extend my deepest sympathy. Gary was a true gentleman.
May he rest in peace.

Posted by Glenn Sealey - Colome, SD - Acquaintance   October 14, 2016

Sorry for your loss

Posted by Joyce Steffen - Winner, SD - Family   October 14, 2016

So sorry for your loss

Posted by Matt & Jolene Hagen - Winner, SD - Family   October 14, 2016

Sorry for the loss of a good man

Posted by Chris Tuttle - Meadow Grove, NE   October 13, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Bud and Elsie Fisher - Valentine   October 13, 2016

May all the yesterdays you shared bring the comfort and peace you seek today.
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5 : 4
(former Keya Paha county resident.)

Posted by Gene Cook - Central City, NE - Friend   October 13, 2016

Sorry to hear of Gary's death. You older girls may remember me. I was Lila Kay Schrantz, daughter of Elden and Helen. You were our neighbors on the ranch in Keya Paha County.

Posted by Lila Gudgel - Grand Island, NE - Friend   October 13, 2016

Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. May your memories bring you peace. Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Rosa Kepler - Ainsworth, NE - Friend   October 13, 2016

Sympathy to the family

Posted by Marsha Risseeue - Winner, AK   October 13, 2016

He will long be remembered. A man to respect m appreciate

Posted by Sally Conner - Valentine   October 13, 2016

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Gary. I first met him when he ask for assistance on a case involving farm implements being stolen in Nebraska and being sold in South Dakota. He was very appreciative of the assistance and was worried the whole time that my partner and I were being taken care of. When the trial came, his main concern was centered around the hospitality he and Bobbi could provide. Every meal during the trial was at his home and was a feast. You would think we were two long lost children. When I thereafter described Gary to friends and co-workers I would advise he was a big man with a bigger heart. I have nothing but fond memories of my association with him and Bobbi. My prayers are with the family. May God welcome this kind and gentle man into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Ronald C. Rawalt Senior Resident Agent FBI (Retired)

Posted by Ron Rawalt - North Plattte, NE - Coworker   October 13, 2016


Posted by ROSS/MARVA HICKS - Martin, SD - Friend   October 13, 2016

Sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Marie Reagle & Family - Mission, SD - Friend   October 13, 2016

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