Albert R. Selk of Granby passed away Dec. 15, 2004, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat Springs. He was 85.
Albert was born April 10, 1919, in Dysart, Iowa, to John and Lydia Selk. Albert, the youngest of eight brothers and sisters, moved to Oak Creek with his mother and stepfather at age 10.
He married Frances Janet Miles of Steamboat on Aug. 11, 1946, in Craig. The couple had one daughter, Kay Frances Selk (Crowder), who was born Nov. 21, 1947.
Albert worked as a coal miner, body and fender man, policeman, missile base security guard and as a truck driver for wheat farmers from Oklahoma to the Dakotas. He also worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation's maintenance division in Idaho Springs, Walden and Granby for many years before retiring to his permanent home in Granby in the early 1970s.
Albert bravely served his country during World War II as a member of the Army's 9th Armored Infantry Battalion. He saw action in Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Normandy. Albert landed on Omaha Beach during the Normandy D-Day invasion, and he was captured by the German army in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. He received the EAME ribbon, for those participating in the European, African or Mediterranean theaters, with four Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Ribbon.
In December 1999, Albert was presented the Jubilee of Liberty Medal by Congressman Scott McInnis and retired Col. Roger Hagerty. The governor and Regional Council of Normandy had the commemorative medals minted to pay tribute to the men and women who were part of the D-Day invasion to restore freedom to Europe.
Albert loved the outdoors, and he spent many happy hours fishing and hunting with family and friends. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, a life member of Disabled American Veterans and a past member of the Steamboat Springs Oddfellows Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Selk of Granby; his daughter, Kay Crowder and her husband Kent of Walden; his sisters, Alice Pippert of Vinton, Iowa, and Roberta Meyer of Keystone, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services for Albert were held Dec. 20, 2004, at the North Park Community Church in Walden. Pastor Eloise Saltzgaver presided.
The family requests that memorial donations be made in Albert's name to the Doak Walker Care Center in care of Joan Lucas, 1100 Central Park Dr., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.