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.
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