Greenwood Funeral Home
In Memory Of Thomas Selk
Thomas Selk
Thomas Selk
Born: March 22, 1947
Died: December 7, 2014
Age: 67
Thomas Selk
March 22, 1947 - December 7, 2014
Thomas Harry Selk was born on March 22, 1947 in Cherokee, IA to Harry and Ella (Hell) Selk. His childhood years were spent in Sutherland, IA where he graduated from High School in 1965. After graduating from Mankato State University, he was drafted into in the Army. He spent two years serving his country.

On December 1, 1973, Tom was united in marriage to Gertrude Messerole. They spent their married life in Larrabee, IA, and were blessed with three children, Michele, Sheila and Scott.

Tom worked in the Service Department for Peterson Motors before becoming a partner in Hwy 59 Tire Shop in Cherokee, Sioux City and LeMars, IA. He later worked in Parts and Sales for Holzhauer Motors in Cherokee, IA.

Tom was an active member the IC Church where he was on the parish council, sang in the choir, served as a cantor, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He also helped with RCIA. He loved to laugh and make others laugh as well. He enjoyed being involved in music and making redwood signs. He cherished time with his friends and family, especially going to his grandchildren's activities.

Tom passed away on December 7, 2014, with his family by his side, at the Ft. Madison Health Center in Ft. Madison, IA. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Anna Selk, Johannes and Sarah Hell; parents, Harry and Ella Selk; parents-in-law, Gordon and Gertrude Messerole; uncles and aunts, George and Dora Bern, Carl and Edna Meyer; brothers-in-law, Jesse, Tiny and Bob Messerole; sister-in-law, Sheryl Messerole.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Gert Selk of Larrabee; daughters, Michele Selk of Houston, TX; Sheila (Kyle) Trapp of Washta; son, Scott Selk of Sioux City, IA; grandchildren, Alyssa, Garrett and Gavin Trapp of Washta; brother-in-law, Red (Mary) of LeMars, IA; sister-in-law, Joyce (Mike) Bechtel of Cherokee, IA; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Friday, December 12, 2014
I'm so sorry to hear of your whole family's loss. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
Leah Johansen Kneisler
Friday, December 12, 2014
I was so sorry to hear of your husband's
passing. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers
Lee Wagner
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Tom will be greatly missed by all.
Bonnie L. James
Thursday, December 11, 2014
So very sorry for your loss Gert.
Carma Peck
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
We will miss Tom very much. It was always a joy to visit with him whenever we were in cherokee
Michael Wayne Schallau
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
We are going to miss Tom so very much... what a great man. Now a new member of the heavenly choir... I am so very sorry for your loss, Gert and family. Keeping you all in prayer.
Laurie Dreier
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.Tom was one heck of a guy and he will be missed dearly.I know if u ever needed any help or any thing Tom would always try and help out .R.I.P.Tom
Amy Strahmann
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
We are deeply saddened to hear of Tom's passing. His smile and good humor will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers to you all.
Jim & Brenda Perrin
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Little Gert & family, I was so sorry to hear about Tom. You are an awesome example of what marriage is all about. I so enjoyed the video. Lots of fun times and happy memories! I won't be able to be with you all as I am out of town, but I will be thinking of all of you and hoping your sadness will be eased with all of your many happy memories.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Gert and family, So sorry to hear about Tom. He was such an inspiration to so many of us, with his humor and wit, but even more so with his faith. We know he will be singing in the choirs of heaven
Dale Bartel
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
It's been several yrs since our paths crossed. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your children in the loss of your beloved Tom. God will help you through this most difficult time.
Jan Schwanz
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Gert and Family
Sorry to hear about Tom it was a shock to hear about his passing . He was a wonderful man and he was so good hearted to everybody .I enjoyed talking to him out to holzhauers. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family
Claudeen and Rosemary Bugh
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Joyana Pilquist
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Gert and family...
Sending my heartfelt condolences to you all. Tom was one of a kind and always had a smile on his face!! He will be missed!!
Jennifer Harsh-Dailey
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
My heart and prayers go out to Tom's family.
I only worked with Tom at Holzhauer Motors for a short time but I enjoyed his spirit and sense of humor.
Lori Thorson
Monday, December 08, 2014
My Deepest Sympathy to Tom's family. May you know that many care and share in your sorrow today and in the days ahead. If I know anything about Tom, and I do, it is most certain that he was right with his Lord and Savior. I will carry many good memories about our school days together and be glad that I grew up with this gentle man. May God Be With All of You
Marilyn E. Hansen (Krager)
Monday, December 08, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all..May God give you the strength during this difficult time. Hugs to you all!!
James & Karmen Hodgdon, Madison, Josie & Jacob
Monday, December 08, 2014
So sorry for your loss. May God be with you at this sad time.
Lynette Hyndman
Monday, December 08, 2014
We lost one of the good guys!
Beth and Howard Rupp
Monday, December 08, 2014
Deepest sympathy to all of your. Tom was a gift to me in all the music groups and church MYF and choir and etc for so many years. I have the best memories of a great man and thank the good Lord he was in my life. He was a blessing to so many.
Ruth E (Gellhaus) Ott
Monday, December 08, 2014
Tom you were a great mentor. We were all blessed to have you here at Holzhauers.
Liz Stofferan
Monday, December 08, 2014
My prayers go out to Toms family he touched many people and has and will be missed one of the most Honest car salesman ever
Chuck K Rosewall Jr.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 11th at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Mike Bechtel
Scott Selk
Dave Moore
Kyle Trapp
Larry Peterson
Jim Meyer
Alyssa Garrett
Gavin Trapp
Red Messerole
Kenny Bern
Visitation will be at the funeral home beginning at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 10th. The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. A prayer service and Knights of Columbus Rosary will follow the visitation at 7:00 p.m.
Charlotte Groves--Organist
I.C. Funeral Choir
Flute duet--Deb Anderson
Abby Anderson
Waterman Cemetery, Sutherland
Military rites will be conducted by the L.A. Westcott Post #2253 of Cherokee.
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