Winstan R. "Bud" Sellick

  • Born: August 14, 1921
  • Died: March 30, 2015
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

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Bud Sellick typified all that was best in the Greatest Generation. American by birth and Marine by choice, Sellick, 93, served the cause of freedom during World War II on Okinawa and in Korea less than a decade later. Like many in his generation, he believed passionately in the concepts of duty, honor, country. He and his college sweetheart enjoyed a marriage of 69-1/2 years. He gave back to his community and supported his beloved Butler Bulldogs with endowed scholarships and philanthropic contributions. He was a genuine people person who left the world far better than he had originally found it.

Winstan Raymond "Bud" Sellick died of natural causes in Stratford, Connecticut, on Monday, March 30, 2015.

Bud was born in Indianapolis on August 14, 1921, the son of the Rev. F. Stanley Sellick and Winifred (Schuler) Sellick. When Bud was a young boy, his father was called to serve the First Congregational Church in Stratford, Connecticut, where he ministered for the next 30 years.

Bud grew up in the rolling hills of coastal Connecticut and graduated from Stratford High School in 1939. He came back to Butler University for his undergraduate degree, where an aunt was assistant registrar and a second aunt was a librarian at the school. His pursuit of a degree was interrupted by World War II, and he served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Battle for Okinawa and the occupation of Japan.

Bud returned to Butler following the war, earned his degree in economics, and married his college sweetheart, Jacqueline Blomberg, Butler '44. As a student, he was involved in the band, Kappa Kappa Psi band honorary, and Delta Tau Delta fraternity. In 1947, he began his successful career as an insurance agent in the Indianapolis area.

His business career was also interrupted, this time by the Korean Conflict. In November 1951, then Major Sellick was involved in the brutal fighting around the Chosin Reservoir in the far northern reaches of the Korean Peninsula. Bud told of narrowly escaping an ambush by Chinese Communist Forces that claimed a number of vehicles in the convoy that was following him. Bud would be proud of his membership in the "Chosin Few" for the rest of his life.

He returned to Indianapolis where he would serve as President and Owner of Bud Sellick Insurance Agency and the Blessing-Sellick Insurance Agency for several decades until his retirement. He was also involved with his wife and brother-in-law in a very successful real estate business in the Indianapolis area.
Bud Sellick's association with Butler University was long and deep. When Bud was born, his father was the treasurer of Butler University in Irvington, as well as a professor of economics at the school. Consistent donors to Butler for more than a third of a century, Bud and Jackie Sellick endowed three scholarships at the school: The Winstan R. Sellick, Jacqueline Sellick, and Herman W. Blomberg Scholarship; the Sellick, Deming, and Schuler Scholarship; and the Winstan R. Sellick and Jacqueline B. Sellick Business Scholarship. They also made gifts to the Butler Fund and several athletic funds, including the restoration of Hinkle Fieldhouse. In 2007, Bud and Jackie Sellick received the Ovid Butler Society Mortarboard Award. In 2014, Bud also was honored when he received the Butler Medal. He also was a donor and strong supporter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.

Bud was an enthusiastic supporter of the Butler athletic department, particularly the basketball and golf team. He was a regular player in Butler's golf outings and sponsored and accompanied the golf team on several trips to St. Andrews in Scotland.

Bud's love of golf resulted in his being a charter member of Woodland Country Club in 1956. He was an active member of the Woodland Men's Club, the Woodland Veteran's Club, and was a former member of the Indiana State Seniors Golf Association. The main ballroom in the Woodland clubhouse is named after Sellick and
his wife.

Music was an integral part of Bud's life. He formed a high school band, the BDS Swingsters, in the late 1930s and recalled going to the Ritz Ballroom in Bridgeport during the Big Band era of the late 1930s to hear Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and other big band leaders play in person. An accomplished jazz pianist, Bud was a member of the Indianapolis Jazz Club. In later years, he enjoyed the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Pops Concerts. Bud also was a member of a volunteer musical group that entertained residents of local nursing homes with their music.

Bud was a longtime member of the Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple, as well as a member of the Indianapolis Chapter of the World War II Roundtable.
Bud Sellick is pre-deceased by Jacqueline, his wife of nearly 70 years; his parents; a sister, Winifred Lee Ingram, who passed away in Connecticut 17 days before Bud's death; a niece, Lucy Ingram Twarkins; and a nephew, L. Gordon Muesing.

Bud is survived by a sister, Edrie Sellick Hough, Bethesda, Maryland; and several nieces and nephews, including Stuart Sellick Ingram, Barbara Lee Ingram, Scott Ingram, Clayton Lee Hough, Penelope Hough Abrecht, Stanley Lee Hough, Amy Sellick Hough Gaynor, and John Theodore Muesing.
Calling for Bud Sellick will be held Thursday, April 23, from 4-7 p.m. at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center, Carmel. Additional calling will be held at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24, with services at 1:30 p.m. Bud will be interred immediately following with full military honors at Washington Park East Cemetery.

Contributions in Bud's memory may be made to Second Presbyterian Church; First Congregational Church, 2301 Main Street, Stratford, Connecticut 06615; The Salvation Army; the Butler University Athletic Department; or a charity of the donor's choice.

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