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Luther Warren Selbo

September 4, 2018 | 10 comments

Luther Warren Selbo; born March 2, 1946; passed away September 1st, 2018

He was born in La Crosse as the first of four sons to Warren and Margie (Sween) Selbo. A graduate of Stoughton High School he earned his B.A from North Central College and M.S. from Winona State University. He spent his 34 year career in education as a teacher, coach and administrator at Weston H.S, Holmen H.S., Mauston H.S. and the last 23 years at West Salem H.S. before retiring in 2003. Retirement brought opportunities for more golf with his friends, winter escapes to Florida beaches and long motorcycles rides on the nation’s back roads.

He married Tammy (White) in 1979 and their union created a family of 5 children: sons Peter Selbo of Madison, Phillip Selbo of Belgrade, Montana, and Eric Schroeder of Onalaska: daughters Laurie Schroeder of Galesville and Lisa Witzke of La Crosse. They have 6 grandchildren: Dorian and Perigrin Selbo of Montana, Brandon Witzke of Madison, Alec Witzke of La Crosse, Sam (Abby) Naas of Holmen, and Nora Naas of Galesville. They also welcomed one great grandson, Luther Naas of Holmen.

Luther’s long time avocation was officiating high school basketball and football. He liked being a part of the game at a full gym and being on the football field with his crew for a Friday night game.

In addition to children and grandchildren He is survived by his aunt and uncle Kent and Mary Sween of Onalaska ; his brothers John (Burneatta Bridge ) of Middleton, David (Jean Schnoor) of Stoughton, and Paul (Sue) of McFarland, brothers in law Phillip (Sonya) White of Reno, Minnesota, and Richard (Rhonda) White of Buffalo City.

Luther was a lucky man. He lived a life with a beautiful loving wife and family. He was a man of faith and optimism, had a rewarding career, and many true friends. Remember: “Pack light and stay well balanced”.

A celebration of Luther’s Life will be held at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in the Prairie Room at Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason St. Onalaska, with visitation from 1:00 pm until the time of the service.

Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.



  1. Olin Harried

    I as sorry to learn of Luther’s passing; in high school, as those years ago we played basketball and baseball together and won more than we lost. He had a great mom and dad that I came know over the years and also a fine set of brothers. My condolences to Luther’s family at this difficult time.

  2. Ron Selbo

    Sorry to hear of Lute’s passing. Will forever be thankful to him for filling in for our family re: my father’s induction to the LaCrosse Logan HOF after his passing. RIP Lute,and condolences to the whole family.

  3. Matt Evanson

    Lute was a great man and I’m glad I got to meet him. He was surrounded by strong women that he cared for very much.

  4. Pete Waddell

    As a college teammate of Lute’s I saw him make all those around him better both on and off the field. A well deserved North Central College Hall of Famer and quite simply a great guy.
    #11 will always be very special to us.
    Condolences to all Lute’s loved ones.

  5. Larry Harlow

    Sorry to hear of Lute’s passing, my thoughts are with his family.

  6. Dave Amundson

    My condolences to Luther’s family, he was a good man, my special thanks to him for saving my life during an accident in Holmen High School many years ago. God bless.

  7. David Molldrem

    So sorry to read of Luther’s, Lute as I recall, passing. Remember him as being such a very good person. To all of the Selbo boys please accept my heartfelt prayers.
    Dave Molldrem

  8. Jacque Potter


    So sorry to read of Lute’s passing. Thinking of you and your wonderful family at this difficult time. You both were always such good friends during your time in Mauston. I will always remember his love for his students and his family. You were the center of his life. My best to you.


  9. michael maher

    LUTE [#11]… You will always be with me in spirit… We have shared much since those halcyon NCC daze of yore. Your heart, your courage, your genuine humility… your very soul, have enriched my life — i am one of the lucky ones to have crossed your path. Be forever at peace, my brother… be forever at peace.
    May love and harmony always be thine,
    ol’ 85

  10. Nick Weber

    I have known Luther for close to 20 years. I first met him at a Badger game that my dad took me to when I was 15 years old; we didn’t have tickets to the game but happened to run into Luther. Luther told my dad, “your son can use my extra ticket”. So I watched the game next to Luther. Little did I know about five years later I would be spending every Friday night in the fall officiating high school football with him, Steve Otto, Joe Zietlow, and Tom Larson. I have so many stories and memories of the time with Luther and our football crew. Luther was one of those guys who lived in a way that provoked others to respect and listen no matter what the topic. He believed that no matter the game or situation that we owed it to the athletes and coaches to give them 100 percent of our preparation, focus, and effort. Even after Luther retired from our crew, his legacy lived on in how our crew approached games, and if we knew that he was watching the game, we tried to be extra sharp. Luther was a mentor and a close friend to us. I know he will be watching us on Friday nights for years to come!

    To Tammy and Lute’s family, our prayers.
    Nick and Jamie Weber

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