John Ross Sellmer departed on his final flight on August 24th, 2017, surrounded by loving family and friends.
John was born July 4, 1941 in Beaumont, Texas, to John William Sellmer and Ruby Lucille Epps Sellmer.
After living in East Texas and Southern California when John was young, the family settled in Atlanta, where John graduated from Southwest High School in 1958. He then attended Georgia
Tech, where he studied and met his beloved wife Linda. In one busy and exciting weekend in early June 1963, John graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Management, was sworn in to the United States Air Force, and married Linda.
John completed Air Force pilot training in Del Rio, Texas, where his son Curt was born. He flew C124 and C141 planes for the Air Force, where he was then stationed at Tachikawa Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan for two years, where his daughter Kim was born.
John was discharged from the Air Force in 1968, following his tour in North Charleston, S.C. He moved his family to Atlanta, where he began his career with Delta Airlines in 1969. In 1973, John moved his family to Peachtree City, and he has lived there since that time.
He was a member of several organizations through which he made lifelong friends: Air Force Pilot Training Class 64XI, Retired Delta Pilots Association, R.O.M.E.O., Delta Golden Wings, Flat Creek Golf Club, Southeastern Bonanza Society, Jefferson Landing Golf Community and
Saint Simons Cove HOA.
John had a true love for family, country, flying and golf. He was a generous man of integrity, honor, loyalty, and honesty. He never knew a stranger, and was always happy to lend a helping hand to friends, family, and even a new acquaintance.
John was preceded in death by both of his parents, his wife Linda and many dear friends.
He is survived by his son Curt; daughter Kim (Greg) Johnson;, granddaughter, Alaina Johnson; brothers, Bill (Mary) Sellmer and Tom (Joanne Robben) Sellmer; brother-in-law Paul Schumacher; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and hundreds of loving friends.
He will be remembered……he will be missed.
By his own request, in lieu of a funeral service we are having a celebration of life party. Please join us Saturday, September 23rd from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Dixie Wing Commemorative Air Force Museum (1200 Echo Court, Peachtree City, Ga.) and share your favorite memories of John.
Expressions of sympathy may be made, at the family’s requests, in the form of donations to Hurricane Harvey Relief, as a tribute to help many people. John’s family is from Texas, and still has family in that area. He would love for us to help the relief efforts.
Suggested avenues to contribute towards are: https://www.cantorrelief.org; https://www.rebuildtx.org; https://thebennettfoundation.org/getinvolved
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Peachtree City – www.mowellfuneralhome.com