Robert D. Sellberg

  • Born: January 1, 1925
  • Died: September 12, 2012
  • Location: McPherson, Kansas

Stockham Family Funeral Home

205 N Chestnut
McPherson, KS 67460
Tel. (620) 241-2442

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert D. Sellberg, 87, of McPherson, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at Salina Regional Health Center. He was a retired farmer and Postal Worker, having worked at the McPherson Post Office from 1959 to 1988.

He was born January 1, 1925 in Marquette, Kansas, the son of Arthur T. and Ellen E. (Olson) Sellberg. Robert was a 1941 graduate of Marquette High School. After high school, Robert served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

On November 4, 1953, he was united in marriage to Peggy J. Sitts in McPherson, Kansas. This marriage was blessed with two daughters; JoEllen and Roxanne. Peggy preceded him in death on October 9, 2001.

Robert was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and McPherson V.F.W. Post #2715.

Survivors include: two daughters, JoEllen Barnard and husband, Douglas, of Kansas City, MO and Roxanne Sellberg and husband, Gary Tallman, of Evanston, IL; four grandchildren, Ian, Neil, Hannah, and Mayalisa Barnard; and a sister, Rosalie Borg of McPherson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother, LeRoy Sellberg, and sisters, Marie Larson, Adeline Schafer, and Grace George.

The funeral service will be at 10:30 AM, Monday, September 17, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Tim Leaf officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in McPherson Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday at Stockham Family Funeral Home, with the family receiving friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Memorial donations may be given to McPherson County Humane Society or Trinity Lutheran Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Roxanne and families, my deepest sympathy go out to you all. I did not know your dad, but I know he must have been very special. Blessings to you.

Posted by Kathy Burk Nicholson - McPherson, KS   September 19, 2012


Our families were close as we kids were growing up, and it was a joy to see all the pictures on display at the time of Bob's funeral. Pastor Tim's good imitations of Bob's "upbeat" greetings were also right on.

But a very special memory I have of Bob is his getting me started on the clarinet. If I remember correctly, I'd been given a toy clarinet early in grade school, and Bob told me he had a clarinet, too. I likely bugged him about it for a couple of years until he showed it to me. It was a metal instrument he'd probably played in high school - and he was perhaps not its first owner. Then, when he finally introduced me to it and showed me the basics, he loaned it to me to practice on.

By junior high age, I wanted to take clarinet lessons, and the folks bought me my own more standard, wooden clarinet. I went on to play the clarinet, and then other woodwind instruments in high school band, but Bob was the one who got me started. That, among the many other memories of Bob, is one I'll never forget!

It was a privilege to play the organ at his funeral service. All my sympathy to Roxanne, JoEllen, and their families.

Posted by Carrol Hassman - Wichita, KS - nephew   September 18, 2012


Bob was such a favorite of Rich's. Rich cared deeply for Bob and Peggy as well. Marge Johnson, my mother-in-law, was so close to Peggy and Bob for many, many years. I feel fortunated I had the opportunity to know them both.
My sympathy, love and prayersa to all. Shanon Johnson

Posted by Shanon Johnson - Denver, CO - wife of Rich Johnson   September 15, 2012

Roxanne and JoEllen,

My deepest sympathies to you and your families in the loss of your father. Bob was a wonderful man and I enjoyed our phone conversations every few months.

With Sincere Condolences and Blessings,


Posted by Rob Johnson - Jackson, WI - Family friend   September 15, 2012