Richard “Dick” Selman, father, grampy, and friend, passed away peacefully with his daughter by his side on Nov. 5, 2020 in Green Bay, Wis., at the age of 78.

Born in Chicago Ill., to Raymond and Ann (Stahl) Selman on April 22, 1942, he grew up with his younger brother, John, in Norridge, Ill.

He graduated from Steinmetz High School in 1960, and attended the University of Illinois directly afterward. Never one to turn down a good party, he was forced to abandon his university studies only after a year and a half and headed back home to find work.

He eventually resumed his advanced education with honors at Bradley University in 1966, with a Bachelor of Science of Building Construction and a Minor in Business Administration.

While attending Bradley University, he met and married Carol Urbanc and together they raised four daughters in East Peoria, Ill.

For 43 years he worked for the construction industry as Project Manager for a number of general contractors. He managed a wide variety of projects over the years including hospitals, high-rise housing, laboratories, offices, and correctional facilities throughout Illinois.

In 1999, he and his second wife, Deborah (West) Wright, retired in Three Lakes, Wis. Moving to northern Wisconsin was a lifelong dream where he pursued his passion for fishing and snowmobiling.

For many years he was involved in the Lions Club and Three Lakes Trails.

Ever the trickster, Dick will be remembered for his wry, quirky, irreverent humor. Despite his charac- teristic gruff exterior he had a soft spot for animals (fish excluded, of course).

He was fond of repeating little nuggets of wisdom such as “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying,” “Some people find it diffi- cult to track with genius,” and his favorite, “Don’t poke the skunk!” His daughters would often reflect that despite this sound advice, he spent countless hours of his life skunk poking.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Ann Selman; and his brother, John.

He is survived by his daughters, Heidi, Greta, Lisa and Monica; son-in-law, Chris; as well as his two grandchildren.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Just a few weeks prior to his passing, he remarked to one daughter how he had been secretly compiling a haunting list. As a warning, if anyone finds him/herself the unlucky recipient of one of his spectral visits, please stay calm, offer him a Manhattan, and don’t poke the skunk. Please tell him he will be sorely missed.

PAID OBITUARY