On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, Steven Alan Sell passed away at the age of 58. He was born on May 5, 1954, to Helen and Edward Sell in Iola.
After graduating high school first in his class, Steve left Iola to attend the University of Kansas, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. He studied both painting and classical guitar, while pursuing an interest in furniture design and construction in his spare time.
His passion for woodworking led him to Madison, Wis., where he was employed by Carly Wood Associates as a designer and cabinet maker from 1984 through 1991. His work may be seen in the Wisconsin State Capitol and numerous other establishments across the Midwest.
In 1992, Steve returned to school, attending classes at MATC. He earned a degree in computer programming and was hired by the State of Wisconsin as an information specialist. He rose to the position of senior database administrator with the Department of Workforce Development, where he was employed at the time of his death.
Steve played an active role in many communities in the Madison area. He was both student and instructor at the Aikido of Madison Dojo, and his love of fly fishing led him to become a mentor with the Project Healing Waters rehabilitation program for veterans.
Steve brought creativity, intelligence and commitment to all of his endeavors. His absence will be felt by those fortunate enough to have known him.
He is survived by his children Oliver, Max, Molly, and their mother Jill Innes, Madison, Wis.; his partner, Anne Abraham, Madison; his brother Dee and wife Paula, Iola; sister Paula and husband Tim Card, Burlington; nieces and nephew Eryn and Ryan Sell, and Audra and Korinn Card; and great-nieces and nephews Taylor, Drake, Chloe and Thomas.
A memorial gathering will be at noon on May 5 at the Olin Park Pavilion, 1156 Olin-Turville Court, Madison, Wis. Anyone who would like to hear or share stories about Steve is welcome to attend.
Mary L. Martin, 77, Iola, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at her home.Mary was born Feb. 11, 1938, in Parsons, the daughter of James David and Dorothy Helen (Tomlinson) Murrow. She grew up in Iola and graduated from Iola High School in 1956.On Aug. 31, 1957, Mary married... [More]
Gro Gifford, 73, Garnett, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 at St. Luke’s South, Overland Park.Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, Garnett. Family will greet friends from 1 p.m. until the service time at... [More]
Jean Barr, 97, Garnett, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at Golden Heights, Garnett. Graveside memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Garnett Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church or to Garnett Library.You may... [More]
When Duane Bauer cut soybeans west of Elsmore a few days ago, they made 38 bushels to the acre. Generally, that’s not remarkable for beans, but in this case was because they were a short-season variety.“You don’t see that kind of yield but about every... [More]
Shelia Lampe, executive director at the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce, has resigned.Aileen Wilson, who worked under Lampe at the Chamber office in downtown Iola, confirmed Lampe’s resignation, but did not comment further.She could not immediately be reached for comment.Lampe... [More]
Russell Vallier was 25 when he first heard the call to the ministry. “I was sitting in the church choir near a fellow by the name of Jim Lovelace, who was my Sunday school teacher at Caney Methodist Church. The pastor that day called for someone anointed of God, and... [More]
In 2014, Iola picked up win No. 2 after eight games. The second victory of the season for coach Doug Kerr’s team was more of a end-of-the-year consolation prize than a potential turning point.On Friday, Kerr and his Mustangs earned win No. 2 with a 41-6 pounding of Central... [More]
RICHMOND — Iola High’s varsity boys cross country team took home a second-place finish at the Central Heights Invitational even without one of its top runners.Kendall Jay, who has been the Mustangs’ No. 2 runner this season, sat out of Thursday’s race... [More]