Louis Dean Selmer had a love of the outdoors and meeting new people. That love led Louis and his wife of 38 years, Robin, to spend much of their time traveling the country in their RV. When they retired they became snowbirds, living half the year in Arizona. The other half of the year they spent as camp hosts in many parks in Washington, or at their cabin in Cle Elum, Washington. Louis made friends everywhere he went.
Louis was born in Haines, Alaska to Alice & Louis Selmer Sr. on Aug. 12, 1938. He grew up as an only child in Skagway, Alaska, the Gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush. He and his pals enjoyed the freedom that came with living in a small town. They spent much of their day bicycling around town, playing kick the can, or as they got older, hiking up to Lake Dewey. They have fond memories of trick-or-treating on Halloween and the Skagway Fourth of July celebration. His gang became life-long friends.
In the 50s the family moved to another small town, Bainbridge Island, Washington, where Louis continued to make friends that lasted a lifetime. They all have good stories to share of those teenage years. His favorite thing to do on the island was camping at Faye Bainbridge State Park, fishing and crabbing.
Louis was a NAPA salesman which is how he met his wife, Robin. It was always his dream to own his own auto parts store. Louis and Robin owned and ran the NAPA Auto Parts store in Woodinville for many years. He thoroughly enjoyed making sales calls, working behind the counter helping customers and building friendships along the way.
Louis had four children with his first wife, Sharon: Dean Selmer (Traci), Michelle Hogg (Walter), Lisa Steilen (Joe) and Laurie Selmer who died at birth.
He has five grandchildren: Beck Selmer, Bret Hogg, Marissa Tullis (Kaleb), Kayla Steilen and Courtney Steilen. The grandkids enjoyed the outdoors with their grandpa. Camping, swimming, sledding, riding in his golf cart, jet skiing or snowmobiling — it was never a dull moment with Papa Louie.
Louis passed away on July 25. The staff at Prestige Post-Acute and Rehab Center in Ellensburg cared for Louis like he was family with compassion and kindness. Louis would always greet other residents with a smile or a wink. His love of people never ended.