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Selden "Sel" Leighton

February 21, 1952 — June 24, 2023

North Mankato, MN

Selden “Sel” Leighton, age 71, of North Mankato, died on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at Oak Terrance Senior Living, North Mankato surrounded by family.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2023 at Crossview Covenant Church, North Mankato with one hour visitation prior to the service. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 3, 2023 at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Mankato. The service will be livestreamed and available below the obituary.

Selden Leroy, was born on February 21, 1952 in Minneapolis to Richard and Mary (Riel) Leighton. He graduated from Southwest High School in Minneapolis in 1970. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from MSU, Mankato in 1974. On November 12, 1977 he married his best friend & college sweetheart Jody in North Mankato, MN. Sel was an accountant working for Brown Printing, MICO Inc, and Brennan Construction over the course of his career. He was a member of Crossview Covenant Church in North Mankato where he served on several committees. Sel loved to be active in the community often giving his time to Echo Food Shelf, Neighborhood Thrift Store, Civitan, & Harry Meyering. He loved people, extending friendship to everyone who crossed his path. Some of Sel’s favorite memories include going to the cabin with his family, riding bike around Lake Harriet as a child, and enjoying several family trips to Florida, Texas, the Grand Canyon, the East Coast, and Norway. He will be missed greatly.

He is survived by his wife, Jody; children, Kimberly Leighton, Jennifer Leighton, and Brian Leighton; granddaughter, Jolene Leighton; siblings, Kathy (Rick) Bluedorn and Dave Leighton; brothers-in-law, Milton (Rose) Burgess, Mark (Rachel) Burgess, and Mike (Deb) Burgess; and many other loving family & friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.




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