Charles Selby, Class of 1957

Posted Jul 15, 2022

Charles Selby ’57 died June 26, 2022. While at Otterbein, Charles played tennis, was in the ‘O” Club and in the Lambda Gamma Epsilon (Kings) fraternity. He retired from fulltime ministry in 1997, and after Janet retired as a Toledo teacher in 2000, they divided their time between Lakeside and Sarasota, Fla. His longest stay, from 1972-83, was at Zion United Methodist Church in Luckey, Ohio.

During his tenure, he corresponded with Millard Fuller, founder of the nascent Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Fuller came to stay at the Selby family home and spoke at a community worship service. The Rev. Selby later met one of Habitat’s best-known volunteers, former President Jimmy Carter. A pastor in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, he was at Zion United Methodist in Whitehouse from 1983-85; Old Fort United Methodist from 1985-89, and Faith United Methodist in Gibsonburg from 1989-93. He retired from Metamora United Methodist Church. He earlier served churches in Piqua, Ohio and Cincinnati.

Surviving are his wife, Janet Risch Selby ’60; sons, Mark Selby ‘85 and Matthew Selby; daughter, Melinda Selby Juergens ‘85; sister, Joanne Stoffer; six grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.