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In Tribute to Michael L. Selves
53 years old.   Residence: Fairfax, Va.
Died in Pentagon

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It's been 8 years today. I posted 4 years ago all of my memories, of you being my boss and my friend. You are not forgotten. Rest in peace, Mike. We'll a have a reunion up there in heaven one day. Until then, keep the angels smiling by sharing your laughter and love!

*** Posted by Annette Suzanne Law Martin on 2009-09-11 ***

I have had no better supervisor and senior rater than Mike. Mike Selves and Tom Kuklish cared for us all and allowed us to grow. I'll always remember the loving kindness Mike showed me when I was going through a major change in my life, one that disrupted my work. Firmly maintaining standards, but forgiving and understanding in greater portions! I missed him and Tom as soon as I left the Pentagon in 1999, and treasure the advice they gave.
Tom, thank you for all you've done.
Mike, I'm trying to live the values you and Tom taught me. I miss you. I know you worked even when you didn't really have to. You were there to give to others, because you could. That was awesome! I hope someday to be as good a boss to others as you were to me.
Love in Christ,

*** Posted by Kenny L. Stockton, LTC, Army Reserve (Retired) on 2009-09-11 ***

I worked for Mike Selves at the Pentagon. I, like Sarah, enjoyed him and learned from him. He provided Customer Support to HQ DA that cannot be compared to any other organization I worked with. A wonderful caring man whose life was taken too early. I truly miss him and strive to hold his values of team work.  -Tom Kuklish

*** Posted by Thomas Kuklish on 2007-06-25 ***

Mike was my dorm roommate at the University of Oregon in 1965-66. Yes, the smile and laugh mentioned by others was there even then. Real easy ... real natural. Mike was a kid from Pendleton, Oregon, a farming community in eastern Oregon. We had great times as college freshmen are apt to do. He was a class act who stood out in a sea of nerds and doofusses. The last time I saw Mike was in June 1966 when he left college to enter the Army. In the early 1980's while returning from an elk hunting trip in eastern Oregon, I stopped in Pendleton to get gas and called Mike's folks to see what had become of him. In a few days I received a letter from him. We kept in touch periodically by letter and then by that new fangled e-mail thing. In fact, it was through an e-mail I sent to Mike after 9-11 that I learned of his death when it was answered by one of his co-workers. Mike will never be forgotten.

*** Posted by Joe Schultz on 2007-01-23 ***

I worked for Mike in my first job out of college. Over the 5 years that I worked for Mike, I learned so much from him. He was one of the few people who understood the importance of maintaining a balance between work and personal life. He also put high importance on enjoying the work you do and having fun at work. He built an organization that provided customer support at a level that I have not encountered since I left the Pentagon.

I have carried the important things I have learned from Mike to all of the positions I have held since working at the Pentagon. I feel extremely lucky to have known and worked for Mike.

*** Posted by Sarah Haut on 2006-09-11 ***

I worked with Mike Selves in the Pentagon in MSS-ISD in 1987/1988.  He was not only a great boss, he was truly a friend.  I left the Pentagon over 15 years ago, but kept in touch with Mike (and everyone at the old office) thru Christmas letters up until  about 5 or 6 years ago.  When I think of Mike, I get a huge grin on my face, because he always had one on his.  He made everyone at ease with his humor and constant smile.  I was fresh out of college when I went to work for Mike, and a bit naive.  At one of our weekly meetings he asked me how I liked working with the military personnel, as well as the civilian personnel (I was civilian).  I commented that I was glad that  he was civilian, as I wasn't sure I'd like having to report to a military boss. His face turned red, he got a huge grin on his face, and he just starting laughing so hard!!!!!  He opened his closet door, and there hung a uniform.  He flipped over his name plate.  On the other side, it read Maj. Mike Selves.  OOOPS!!  I really put my foot in my mouth!  Turns out he was close to retirement from the military and was in a civilian slot temporarily.  He always razzed me about that, but always with a big grin on his face.  I will never forget how he always tried to boost the morale and self-confidence of everyone he came into contact with.  He was a really great boss, but I was  honored to say that he was also a friend to me and my husband. I had always hoped to go back to the Pentagon and show my kids (all 4) where I used to work.  I had planned to call Mike to get in......... that won't happen now.  Mike will be missed by every life that he touched.  We need more people in this world like Mike.  We all miss you, Mike.  Its been 4 years since 9/11, but I WILL NEVER FORGET.  Rest in peace. God bless you and your family that you left behind............

*** Posted by Annette L. Martin on 2005-09-13 ***

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