Carl was graduated from Storm Lake High School in May of 1946 and was sworn into the Navy on June 27, 1946. His first duty was an assignment to the U.S.S. Dixie (AD-14) San Diego. He re-enlisted in 1948 and returned to the Dixie. In 1950, as a First Class Petty Officer (E-6), he chose to re-enlist for 6 years. Petty Officer Sellden was assigned to the U.S.S. Belle Grove (LSD-2). Carl was promoted to Chief Petty Officer (E-7) in May of 1952. He was transferred to the Naval Recruit Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill. in November 1952. It was there that he met Frances Bedian who was working at a telephone center in Waukegan, Ill. Engaged on her birthday, July 9, 1953, Carl I. Sellden and Frances Bedeian were married in East Moline, Ill. on December 5, 1953.
Carl received orders April 1956 reporting to the U.S.S. Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16). Carl's 6 year enlistment was about to be up and he and Fran decided to make the Navy a career.
In June of 1958 he took the examination for Warrant Officer, and was commissioned Ensign, Limited Duty Officer in the field of Engineering at the Mare Island Naval Shipyards, Vallejo, Calif. While at Mare Island, he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade.
In 1960, WO Sellden was deployed on the U.S.S. Cascade (AD-16) and promoted to full Lieutenant.
In 1962 he received orders for Subic Bay, Philippines as the Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Windsor (ARD-22). In 1965 Lt. Sellden became Engineering Officer on the U.S.S. Chemung (AO-30), a large fleet oiler, and was promoted to Lt. Commander (O-4).
In 1969, Lt. Cmdr. Sellden was assigned to the Naval Recruiting District in Albany, N.Y. In 1971, he reported to the U.S.S. Yosemite (AD-19), a destroyer tender and was promoted to full Commander (O-5).
In 1973, Commander Carl Sellden was designated officer-in-charge of a new unit in Mayport called the Fleet Maintenance Assistance Group (FMAG) and in 1975 he became Commanding Officer.
On August 1, 1975, with 29 years, 1 month, and 3 days of active service, Commander Carl I. Sellden retired from the Navy. Carl worked for civilian contractor Tracor in the design and development of FMAG facilities and retired in September of 1985.
Carl and Fran were active members of the Masonic Fraternity since 1963 and Carl was a member of the Scottish Rite, the Shrine Mason, and an active member of the Morocco Temple of Jacksonville, Fla. and commanded the Legion of Honor unit. In 1998, he became the International Commander of the Legion of Honor and served in that capacity for one year.
Carl was an active member of the American Legion, Navy Enlisted Organization, Fleet Reserve Association, Retired Naval Officers Association, and was active in the formation of the American Society of Naval Engineers in Jacksonville.
Carl and Frances were longtime members of the First Christian Church at the Beach in Neptune Beach, Fla. Carl had served on the church board, as a deacon, and as an elder.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents Claus and Marie Sellden, and his wife of 57 years, Frances Bedeian Sellden in 2011. He is survived by his sister Barbara Jean Waters-Arneman, nieces and nephews Larry and Renee Waters, Pam and Scott Evans, Karen Walser, Tim and Sheila Waters, Marta Droddy, Jodi Boersig,and Larry and Maribeth Biess.
Services were held on Thursday, June 14 at 1000 hours at the First Christian Church of the Beaches. Commander Carl I. Sellden was laid to rest with full Naval Military Honors at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Jacksonville Florida.
In lieu of flowers, Carl requested that donations be sent to the Jacksonville Shrine Children's Hospital or to the First Christian Church of the Beaches.