Dick Selvig Sept. 13, 1921 - Oct. 6, 2006 ALBERT LEA -- Dick Selvig, 85, of Albert Lea died Friday at his home. The service will be at 11 a.m. today at Christ Episcopal Church in Albert Lea. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on We...
Sept. 13, 1921 - Oct. 6, 2006
ALBERT LEA -- Dick Selvig, 85, of Albert Lea died Friday at his home.
The service will be at 11 a.m. today at Christ Episcopal Church in Albert Lea. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Wednesday.
Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
He was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Willmar to Albin and Juliet (Signal) Selvig.
He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He served as a medic in World War II. While living in Willmar, he was the sports editor for the West Central Daily Tribune and was a municipal judge.
He married his wife Elsa in Madison in 1953. At the Willmar State Hospital, he began a lifelong career of counseling people with alcoholism. He was instrumental in developing the treatment program at Heartview Foundation in Mandan, N.D. He was the author of many publications dealing with alcoholism and wrote the book "High and Dry." The extended care program at Project Turnabout in Granite Falls was named after him. He worked at Fountain Lake Treatment Center in Albert Lea and retired from The Meadows in Wickenburg, Ariz. He was inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame in 1992 and was noted for pitching a no-hitter against Kerkhoven on May 24, 1942. He was active in the Episcopal Church and was a lay reader.
He is survived by his wife; a son: John, of Albert Lea; two daughters: Jane Selvig of Albert Lea, and Mary Selvig of Sheboygan, Wis.; two grandchildren; and a sister: Carol Swenson of Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.