Garlen L. Selmyhr
Selmyhr, Garlen L. 93 Jan. 12, 1923 Sept. 29, 2016 On Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 Lt. Col. Garlen L. "Spike" Selmyhr, Ret. passed peacefully with his longtime companion, Cecille "Cec" Kelly by his side. Spike was born in Colfax, Wis. on Jan. 12, 1923 to Arthur and Ida Dahl Selmyhr. He was predeceased by siblings, Doris Sundall-Salton and Warren Nelson; and his much beloved granddaughter Michelle Trojanowski of Atlanta, Ga. He is survived by daughters, Kerry Auld, Lakewood, Colo. and Kelly (Tony) Trojanowski, St. Petersburg, Fla; grandson, Parker (Nikki) Trojanowski; great-grandsons Gavin and Gunner; granddaughter Ahna Trojanowski; all of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandson Cameron Auld, Huntersville, NC; granddaughter Jennifer (Greg) Ketcham and granddaughter Annie; all of Littleton, Colo. Spike was a career Marine and fought in the Korean War. Seriously wounded in battle he was shot twice in the same day and evacuated to Japan. His best friend took command of his company and was killed in action the next day. Spikes wounds left him totally deaf in one ear and likelihood of amputation of his right shoulder and arm, which he refused, as he was determined to return to the battlefield and continue his best to protect his fellow Marines - and how can one do that with just one arm. One ear - OK, but he needed both arms to shoot his weapon. Because of the seriousness of his injuries, the Corps had a different idea for him and scheduled him for medical discharge, which he fought with all his worth, using subterfuge, lies(!) and whatever he could come up with. Ultimately he got his way and flew back to his 1st Marines and never regretted it. His biggest regret later was that some of the ground taken at the expense of Marine lives, was given back during peace talks. In recent years when he learned of a Marine lost in battle he would mourn for "My Marines". One of his favorite sayings was "Once a Marine always a Marine". His 25 years spent in the Corps were defining years that he would always cherish, and he often said, "Never again will I ever serve with such a grand, gallant group of men". Post military retirement Spike went on to several successful careers mostly as business manager for private secondary schools and colleges. His biggest joy in life was his family and after that came golf with his dearest friends. He was one of the fortunate few who golfed with the lightest of heart, always happy to be on the course and rarely angry about his play or score. He also loved traveling with his beloved companion, and his time spent modeling, acting, play writing, learning guitar, writing poetry and riding his much loved BMW motorcycle across country. He was a proud 50 year Freemason, and spent five years as secretary/manager of Portland Scottish Rite. Service at 2 p.m. Oct. 18, 2016 at Willamette Nat'l.
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