Richard “Bud” Sell


Richard SellRichard “Bud” Sell, age 89 of Walnut Grove, passed away Monday, August 27, 2018 surrounded by his family at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 31, 2018 at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 30 at Walnut Grove Funeral Home. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at church on Friday. Interment will be in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.  Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Richard “Bud” Sell was born October 15, 1928, youngest of twelve, to Wilhelm and Emilia (Noding) Sell in Westbrook, Minnesota.  He attended school in Westbrook.  After his schooling, he worked on the family farm until his brother Alfred came back from the service.  Bud then worked at Westbrook Produce.  On June 3, 1950, Bud married Delores Jean Nelson in Westbrook.  They moved to Hartley, Iowa, where Bud graded produce for the Army.  In 1953, Bud and Delores returned to Westbrook.  They bought a filling station and returned to farming for four years.  Then Bud and his brother Alfred bought Nelson Implement and made it into Sell Brothers, Inc.  They sold the dealership in September of 1998.  Bud loved playing softball and organized the Old Fogies Softball Team.  He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and watching Westerns on TV.  Bud loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.

Richard is survived by his wife Delores of 68 years; children: Ric (Lisa) Sell, Debra (Rich) Martius, Kathy (Loren) Knakmuhs all of Walnut Grove and Jim (Lynnelle) Sell of Medina; grandchildren: Tim, Staci, Ben, Jackie, Ashley, Joshua, Jordan, Ty and Drew; 11 great grandchildren; sister Hilma Thompson of Minneapolis; brother-in-law Floyd Schadt of Slayton; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and ten siblings.


  1. So sorry to hear of your loss! You are all in my Thoughts and Prayers!!

  2. Jenifer Manthei says

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending many prayers and thoughts your way during this difficult time. Blessed be his memory! With sympathy, Jenifer Manthei

  3. Digger and Dolly Phelps says

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Bud! May your wonderful memories give you peace and comfort at this difficult time.
    Digger and Dolly

  4. Jean Strong says

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. Bud was a true asset to the Walnut Grove community.

    Don & Jean Strong

  5. Craig & Deb Jans says

    Our sympathies to your entire family. Hold on to all the wonderful memories. Hugs to all!! Craig & Deb

  6. Dan Peterson says

    Sympathies to the whole family- I had the pleasure of working off and on at Sell Bros- with Bud Alfred and the whole crew. A lot of great memories. May he Rest In Peace.

  7. Nancy Pavelko says

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. What great neighbors to have growing up…will always remember you!
    Nancy (Erickson) Pavelko

  8. Randy & Darla Larsen says

    Sending our deepest sympathy .

  9. vonnie schaffran/kussatz says

    Prayers for family. Ric was a classmate.

  10. Mike and Norma Slorsve says

    Our sympathies to the Sell family. We have so many good memories of Bud and his golf. 4 couples had so much fun and for so many years in Az during rhe winter months. Only Delores will understand. Bud and I always had to have one more Margarita. Our prayers are with you now and for days to come.
    Mike and Norma Slotsve

  11. Dear Delores. & Family,
    I have, for so many years enjoyed every time we were able to spend times at family reunions, seeing you when I was entertaining. Quite a guy.

  12. Larry & Rutn Smith says

    Sincere Sympathy on the passing of Bud… May the Lord give comfort and peace during the days ahead. .Love you Delores. hug’s and prayers…

  13. My deepest sympathy to Delores and the Sell Family my prayers are with you all

  14. Thomas Van Zeeland says

    Delores, So sorry for you loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    We have a lot of good memories golfing in AZ????????

    Tom and Maureen

  15. Kevin Knakmuhs says

    Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  16. Joni (Peltola) Heath says

    Condolences to the Sell Family. We were lucky to have you as wonderful “Lake Neighbors”, so sorry to hear of your loss.

  17. Bruce & LuAnn Hansen says

    Our sympathy to all of you at this sad time. Bud was a big part of Walnut Grove’s history.

  18. Laura Kleven Eichner says

    So sorry for your loss. Delores, I have fond memories of times our families spent together before my parents semi-retired and we were spending more than half the year in Texas. My prayers are with you and the entire family.

  19. Lamberta Doll says

    Our sympathy in the loss of your grandfather.From the tributes I read he sounds like he was a great guy….one of twelve…wow. We can cherish our memories.

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