Steven Lee Selby

Steven Lee Selby, age 61, a residence of Athens since 1992, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.

He was born on December 29, 1958 in Pekin, Illinois the son of Ronald Carl and Phyllis Kay Gambrel Selby.      

He married Deborah Ann Severns on October 1, 1983 at the Oakford United Methodist Church in Oakford, IL. Then married her again on February 14, 1991.  Steve and Deb liked to say “the divorce did not work out.”       

Steve is survived by his wife, Deborah; two children, Elizabeth Ashely (husband Josh) Davis of Athens, IL and Grace Abigail LynnAnn Selby of Athens, IL; five grandchildren, Isaac Michael and Lucas Alexander Sandlin of Washington, IL, Zander, Lilly, and Seth Odin Davis of Athens, IL; father, Ronald Carl Selby of Peoria, IL; sister, April (husband Chuck) Benkiel of Streamwood, IL; brother, Phillip Selby of Springfield, MO; sister, Kelley (husband Tim) Gibson of Tampa, FL; sister, Angela Gullick of Charleston, SC; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Kay Selby; brother Ronald Allen Selby; nephew, Jeremy Selby; beloved uncle, Richard “Dick” Gambrel; maternal grandfather, Lelon Gambrel; and best friend Robert “Bob” Bolyard.   

Steve was an electrician, a cabinet maker, and a contractor.  He was self taught in many of his trades.

He was a lifelong NRA member and an old western gun enthusiast, and a member of SASS.  He was also a Hamm operator with the Sangamon Valley Chapter of Hamm operators.  Steve also adored his classic country music and was quite a country bumpkin aficionado.   Steve was a great lover of kitty cats and one dog, Peanut Selby.

Steve was baptized at and was a member of the Athens Christian Church.  He came to have a deeply personal relationship with the Lord prior to his passing.

Visitation for Steve will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 10:00 AM until time of funeral services at 11:00 AM at the Athens Christian Church with Rev. John Swinford officiating.

Cremation rites will be accorded after the services.

Memorials can be made to the “Steven Selby Memorial Fund” for assistance towards funeral expenses.

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