Leo Rogers Sellars

March 21, 2013 • Obituaries

On March 21st, 2013, Leo Rogers Sellars, 87, peacefully slipped his earthly bonds and greeted his family in Heaven who welcomed him with open arms.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2013, at Memory Lawn Memorial Park. Pastor Troy Grant of Berrendo Baptist Church will officiate with military honors provided by the Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Leo was born on May 24th, 1925, in Geary, Okla., to Reba Morrow Sellars and Clarence Sellars. At 17, he enlisted in the US Navy, where he was assigned to the USS Sioux ATF-75, a Navajo Class Fleet tug. During his three years in the Navy, he attained the rank of Carpenter’s Mate Third Class, and earned the WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal – 4 Stars, Good Conduct Medal and an American Campaign Medal. He was Honorably Discharged in March of 1946.

Sometime after his discharge, he found his way to Roswell, where he met Mildred Vance Kiper. They were married in July of 1952, and celebrated more than 50 years of marriage. Leo retired from the US Postal Service in Roswell. He then devoted his time to taking care of his wife, and his wood carving hobby. Leo was moved to Alamogordo in March 2005, to be closer to family. He enjoyed spending time at the Alamogordo Senior Center, walking around the neighborhood with the family dog, and eating.

Leo was predeceased by his parents, his wife, his brother Ray Sellars; son Jimmy H. Kiper and daughter Annette Kiper Lamb. Survivors include his six grandsons: Jimmy Kiper, Mike Kiper, Steve Kiper, James Lamb, William (Bill) Lamb, Randy Lamb, and their families, which include numerous great and great-great- grandchildren. Grandpa loved us all, and he will be greatly missed.

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Arrangements are under the professional directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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