Robert H. Sell

Robert H. Sell

April 16, 1928 – March 16, 2020


Robert was born on April 16, 1928 in Mount Pleasant Precinct, Nebraska, to Carl and Ora Sell.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Beverly (Robbins) Sell; two daughters, Jane Hlavac (Donn), and Joan Truhlsen (William); three grandsons, Robert Hlavac (Stacy), Daniel Hlavac (Brandi), and Matthew Winingham; and five great-grandchildren: Cale and Breanna Hlavac, and Braydan, Bryar and Bodan Hlavac.  He is also survived by his brother, Jim Sell (Rose), and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and five brothers.

Robert was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He was always the happiest when he was around his family.  He especially enjoyed his three grandsons and his five great-grandchildren.  They always greeted him with unrestrained jubilance.  He was affectionately known by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as “Grandpa Dugan.”

He was also known by many old friends as “Dugan.”  He enjoyed playing   cards with his many friends in Louisville.

Robert retired from Ash Grove Cement Company after 40 years of service.  He is past president of the Plattsmouth Eagles Club and past president of the Louisville Rod and Gun Club.  After retirement, he and Bev liked to travel.  They spent over four years in Naples, Florida.  They were compelled to return to Nebraska upon the birth of their first great-grandchild.  Robert suffered from macular degeneration, and over the years his vision continually deteriorated.  His life became increasingly more difficult, but not once did he ever complain about his disability.

We will miss you, Grandpa Dugan!

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the family regrets the services must be private.  To view a live broadcast of this service, go to our website and click the View Live Cast button on our homepage.  GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Saturday, March 21st, 11am, Glendale Cemetery-Louisville, NE followed by Family SERIVCE at 12:30pm, West Center Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorials to the American Diabetic Association.

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  • Marla Miner Posted March 19, 2020 12:13 pm

    So Sorry to hear about the passing of Bob..All my Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Family!! May the good Lord let him Rest in Peace🙏🙏Marla Miner

  • Peggy Maier Anderson Posted March 19, 2020 12:18 pm

    Joan and Jane – My heartfelt sympathies to you guys at the passing of your beloved Dad. I remember him as being very kind and a gentle. Have many good memories of time spent at Buttercup when my Mom worked there with your Mom and Sharon and also times spent at your house. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your Mom and families. Please give your Mom my sympathy and a hug

  • Dan & Marla Rawson Posted March 19, 2020 4:33 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We always had a great time playing keno with him and Bev. Our Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  • September Williams Posted March 20, 2020 1:51 am

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bob he was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Debra Goeden Posted March 20, 2020 3:06 pm

    Uncle Bob
    There will never be another you! Thank you for stepping up and being the father we never had. I honestly dont know where I’d be without you in my life. Forever in my heart, my memories and my soul❤

  • Delores Fitzpatrick Kassmeier Posted March 20, 2020 8:28 pm

    Joan, Jane, and Family, So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. With Deep Sympathy.

  • Shala stroud Posted March 21, 2020 9:12 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about bob’s passing. I have sure missed trouble since I’ve been gone from keno. I love you guys. Bev I’m so sorry. I’ll have a sneaky Pete for him 😉

  • EDGAR David LYNCH Posted March 21, 2020 9:56 am

    Sorry .to hear about Bob

  • Chandra Ford Posted March 21, 2020 11:07 am

    Uncle Bob I love you so much. I am so grateful to of had you in my life even though we didn’t see each other as much as we wanted to, You always had a smile on your face no matter what! Im thankful my children had the chance to meet you, they will cherish those memories as do I. You will be forever loved and missed.

  • Tony Goeden Posted March 21, 2020 11:15 am

    You’ll always be loved Uncle Bob! Thanks for the great memories.

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