Maurice E. Van Selus
Maurice E. Van Selus, more intimately known as “Van”, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Born October 20, 1924 to Thomas P. and Violet H. Van Selus, who raised their family on a farm on Halvorson Canyon Road in the Squilchuck area. Maurice proudly told of riding a horse to the little two room Sqiulchuck schoolhouse. Due to his father’s failing health, Maurice maintained the family farm during WWII. He also worked in defense factories in Seattle during the winter. In December 1947, he married Florence Wagner of Rock Island. They maintained their home in Wenatchee, raising three children. Maurice operated his own successful electrical business, Van’s Electric, from the
mid-fifties until retirement. His relentless attention to customer wishes, brought regular business from many area home builders. He taught his two boys the electrical trade while grudgingly working alongside him during school vacations. Reflecting back after retirement, Maurice realized he was born to be a working man, and felt satisfaction in doing it successfully.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ruthella Cadman. Maurice is survived by a brother, Cyril (Nixie) Van Selus of Auburn WA; a sister, Joan (Andy) Lolos; his children, Dave (Lois) Van Selus, Sue Van Selus, and Gene (Pam) Van Selus, all in Washington; five grandchildren, Mike (Alma) Van Selus, Victoria (Tom) Jones, Steven (Trisha) Van Selus, Kurt Van Selus, and Katie Van Selus. He also has four great-grandchildren, Zanthea, Koby, Garrett and Jonathan.
God bless Maurice, an unpretentious man of the trades, asking for little, receiving enough and giving much.
A Memorial Service for Maurice will be held at Telford’s Chapel of the Valley in East Wenatchee at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014, with a reception to follow at the Three Hierarchs Orthodox Christian Church in Wenatchee. Memorials can be directed to the Three Hierarchs Orthodox Christian Church building fund in Wenatchee, Central Washington Hospital Home Health and Hospice or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee, WA