Victor Leo Sells Friday, September 11, 1942 - Thursday, February 9, 2017

Victor Leo Sells, 74, of Eau Claire peacefully went to rest on Feb. 9, 2017.

Vic was the husband of Joyce Rumbaugh Sells, and father of Rory (Kim) Sells and Gale (John) Rue. He was happily married to Joyce for 54 years.

He was born Sept. 11, 1942, in Benton Harbor, the oldest of eight children born to Robert and Marian Sells. His brothers and sisters include: Judy (Oscar) Smith, Nancy (Jerry) Scoma, Allen (Judy) Sells, Cheryl(Laurel) Green, Lewie (Jan) Sells, Steve (Denise) Sells and Sandy (Ben) Mendoza. He was also a brother-in-law to Janet (late Carl) Harris, and a loving friend to Margaret Swisher.

He was a kind and gentle man with a heart of gold. Always willing to lend a hand or give wise words of advice. He had a love for John Deere tractors, and was a member of the Two Cylinder Tractor Club of Berrien County. He was owner of Vic Sells Backhoe and Bulldozing for a number of years and was well known in the community, a lifelong resident of Berrien County. He would often lend a helping hand to his son, Rory, owner of Pro Tech Plumbing, and was also the smiling face of many deliveries for his daughter Gale’s local store Edible Arrangements, Benton Harbor. He saw the good in everyone and his bear hug was one not to be forgotten. A loving husband, and supportive father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Victor is survived by his wife, Joyce; children, Rory (Kim) Sells of Eau Claire, and Gale (John) Rue of Stevensville; grandchildren: Nicholas Schlipp, Ryan (Allyson) Schlipp, Jamie (Nicholas) Schultz, Adam Sells, Aaron (Kaitlyn) Sells; and eight great-grandchildren: Maycie, Shelby, Landon, Mattie, Brooklyn, Carter, Lexie, and Lainey.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 18, at Bowerman Funeral Home, 6635 E. Main St., Eau Claire, with a brief celebration of life to follow. Memorials/contributions may be made to Friends in Faith Community Church, 6550 Keigley St., Eau Claire.



Join us on February 18, 2017, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday

Bowerman Funeral Home, 6635 East Main Street, Eau Claire, MI 49111

My condolences to the Sells family, the bible describes a God of comfort, "who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God." ( 2 Corinthians 1:3,4) May God comfort you during this difficult time.


So, so sorry, Joyce!  Ed and I are in Florida and I was looking up another death on the HP site and saw Vic's!  Man, that sure was a surprise.  Praying for you and your family.  Please, Lord, ease the pain that Joyce must be feeling.  Give her peace in knowing that we will all be together again one day.  Wrap your loving arms around her, Lord, and hug the pain away.  In Jesus' name...Amen!  Speaking of hugs...Vic WAS a good hugger.  Such a sweet, sweet man.  Geez...:(  He will be greatly missed among his family and friends.  Sorry I can't be there to give you a hug today, Joyce.  Love you!

So sorry Joyce. You 2 were amazing together. I absolutely will miss his bear hugs. In the days and months ahead hold onto the memories and love and support of the amazing family you guys created. May the lord's blessing be with you and your family. Jo

Joyce and family.

My deepest condolences to you and family. I'll never forget Vic working at Alcotts. Every morn it was " It was hey Fuzzy". I always was happy to see Vic when the 2 of you would come into the store.  I remember Vic being very low spoken and a heart of gold. I understand what your going thru.

My prayers and thoughts go out to you. May God bless and watch over you in the times ahead.

Jim (Fuzzy) Edwards





Sorry to hear of Vic's passing. Although a few years older than me, I remember him well, growing up in Spinks Corners.

Our Deepest sympathy Joyce to you and your  family.  May our God hold you tight in his arms and comfort you as only he can at this very trying time.  Ella Jarvis Stubelt and Charles Jarvis