R. Bruce Sellers

  • Born: February 21, 1926
  • Died: August 7, 2017
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

R Bruce Sellers, loving husband; father; grandfather; and great-grandfather, died at home on August 7, 2017. Born in Elkhart, IN in 1926, Bruce grew up on the family farm and graduated from Elkhart High School. He lettered in football, basketball, track, and baseball and was inducted into the Elkhart County, Indiana High School, Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bruce proudly served his country during WWII. He then attended WMU and lettered in football and baseball and earned a B.S. degree in education. More importantly, this is where he met his treasured, life-long love, Faith. He later earned a Master's degree from the U of M, and a Specialist degree, in Educational Leadership, from WMU.

After being a teacher, coach, and principal at Petersburg Schools, Bruce became the Superintendent of Schools in Edwardsburg, MI, at the age of 29. From 1958-1983 he was the Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, MI. He then became an Associate Superintendent, Business Manager, and later Superintendent for the Battle Creek Public Schools after Springfield Schools and Battle Creek Schools merged. He retired in 1989. He was inducted into the area Battle Creek/Springfield Schools, Hall of Fame in 2007.

Bruce was involved in many educational, service, and civic organizations; too many to list. He received numerous awards for his work. A few of his interests were golf and playing cards.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 69 years (Faith), children Debra Greenwold, David Sellers, Bob Sellers (Diana Tomlinson), Karen Reeves, and sister (Patricia Rezutko). He has 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. His legacy of kindness, passion for sports, love of education, and zest for life will live on through them. He was an inspiration, and always had a smile on his face and a joke or song on his lips!

He was preceded in death by his parents (Alice and Wayne), brother (Donald) and granddaughter (Angela Reeves).

Visitation will be on Thursday, August 17th, from 5-7 p.m. at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 105 Capital Ave. N.E., Battle Creek, MI. where funeral services to celebrate Bruce's life will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 18. Interment will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thinking of all of you and sending loving thoughts. He was a special person.

Posted by Carol Zalner - Battle Creek, MI - friend   August 21, 2017

Very sorry Fay for your loss. Many fond memories.

Posted by Paddy and Dick Enos - Kalamazoo, MI - Friend   August 17, 2017

Many fond memories working with R. Bruce and the Springfield Schools.
May your memories give you strength, peace and comfort.
Our Sincere Sympathy.

Posted by Don & Mary Bidwell - Whitewater, WI   August 17, 2017

Mr. Sellers was a very important pillar of Springfield Schools and will always be remembered fondly through his students and staff. So sorry for this tremendous loss in your family. Memories are golden.

Posted by Diane Leatherman    August 15, 2017

Sending love to my old friend Bobby Sellers and the entire Sellers family. I know the unspeakable pain of losing a Dad. My heart goes out to you all.

Posted by Sue Narmore - Marshall, MI   August 14, 2017


Miss you, dad!

Posted by Karen    August 13, 2017

We have known this family for many years. God's Blessings for comfort, strength, and peace.

Posted by Bernie & Joan Larson - Battle Creek, MI - acquaintance   August 12, 2017


So sorry....many many memories of you beloved father. Prayers being sent your way....you now have a very special Guardian Angel to watch over you.

Posted by Debbie Eason-DiGregorio - CleRwater Beach, FL - Friend   August 11, 2017

My heartfelt Condolences and Prayers to the Sellers family about their loss of a good man. The memories of being a Springfield student wouldn't be complete without remembering, with much warmth, Superintendent Sellers.

Posted by Alvin Green - Springfield, MI   August 11, 2017

So sorry to hear about your Dad Dave. The Frost family will have all of the Sellers family members in their prayers.

Posted by Patrick Frost - Olivet, MI - Friend   August 10, 2017

So sorry for your loss. I have many found memories of Mr. Sellers as a student.

Your family is in our prayers

Ken & Karen Meinke

Posted by Ken Meinke - Spartanburg, SC - Student   August 10, 2017

My sincere sympathy to the entire Sellers family. Bruce was a wonderful gentleman.

Posted by Sally Ploehn - Battle Creek,, MI - Friend   August 09, 2017