Donavon Gene Sellers of Warsaw, Indiana passed away at 5:27 p.m. on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana at the age of 84.
He was born on January 9, 1937 in Warsaw, Indiana to Helen Odetta (Smith) Sellers and Wayne Cook Sellers. At the young age of 21 he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Barbara Jean Drudge. They were married on June 13, 1958 and spent the next 63 years together raising their three children and being blessed with becoming grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents.
Donavon was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Indiana where he was a 1956 graduate of Pierceton High School in Pierceton, Indiana. For a number of years, he worked at Standard Oil Company before he went into farming full time in 1961 for his entire life. He had a love and deep ties to the land his family farmed, which has been farmed by a Sellers since the land was parceled out in Indiana. Always a hard worker, Donavon had an appreciation for the natural beauty of God’s land and a sense of responsibility as a good steward of his farm.
He enjoyed the fellowship of his church family at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Warsaw where he played the guitar for the Friends Quartet. Donavon was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed by all.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife: Barbara Jean Sellers (Warsaw, Indiana); son: Dale (Eva) Sellers (Claypool, Indiana); two daughters: Sonya (Bill) Hathaway (Warsaw, Indiana); Rebecca Sellers (Wabash, Indiana); nine grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, William, and his great-grandson, Marius.
Donavon’s life will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021 at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana and officiated by Lew Collier. Friends and family may visit prior to the service from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A graveside service will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery of Pierceton, Indiana.
Memorial donations may be directed to Indiana Parkinson Foundation, 9669 East 146th Street, Suite 180, Noblesville, IN 46060.
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