Lowell Selders died of dementia peacefully at home on August 21, 2013 with his daughter and son in law by his side under Hospice care. He was born in Tecumseh, Mich., on May 2, 1932. Lowell Selders and his father John Selders farmed not only their land on (M-52) Tecumseh, but all over the Tecumseh area. As a young boy and wanting to start a family, Lowell took his farming equipment and started digging basements and laying pipes. He kept expanding his business he got married to Marilyn Crow of Adrian in 1952. On their honeymoon they ventured to Sarasota, Fla., meeting families that were successful contractors. Lowell and wife soon learned commuting and working in both Michigan and Florida was for them. They purchased their first home in Florida in 1953.
Kids soon came but never stopped them commuting and becoming entrepreneurs. When Lowell wasn’t expanding his own businesses his greatest joy was helping others either achieve their dreams personally or helping many young kids start their own business.
Lowell was full of practical jokes as well as hugs and encouragement when life would get you down. He retired in 1984 after 40 years in the excavating and asphalt business. He stepped into all types of other businesses to keep himself busy: rentals, car washes, gas stations, real estate, and wood working just to name a few of his talents until 2012.
Lowell lost the love of his life, his wife Marilyn, of 61 years in March of 2013.
He is survived by his children Terry L. Selders (Renee) of Franklin, NC, Timothy L. Selders (Kathy) of Temple City, Calif., and Pamela J. Cook (Les) of Venice, Fla; sisters Betty Johns of Mich., Bo Cramer of Mich., Marilyn Pashel of Mich.; brothers John Selders of Fla., and Vernon Selders of Ariz.; and grandchildren Jeremy Selders of N. C., and Cali Selders of Calif. He was preceded in death by his brother Wayne Selders, and his parents John and Mildred Selders.
Visitation will be at the Venice Church of the Nazarene on Friday, Aug. 30, from 1:30–2 p.m. to be followed by a funeral service. Burial will be at Venice Memorial Gardens.
Farley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations to Tidewell Hospice 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238 or Manna Ministry, Venice Church of the Nazarene, 1535 East Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34292.