Howard E. “Harv” Sellers, founder of Milford, Ind.-based Sellers Manufacturing Inc., died July 7 of natural causes at his residence in Syracuse with his wife, Karen, and his dog, Riley, at his side. He was 87.
Sellers Manufacturing, established in 1962, modified chassis primarily for producers of Class A and Class C motorhomes, transit buses and specialized commercial trucks. The company originally built travel trailer and fifth-wheel frames for several prominent manufacturers, including Holiday Ramber and Skyline Corp. He also founded EZ-Ride Corp., a producer of rubber suspensions systems.
In 1995, Sellers launched a recreational and commercial vehicle manufacturing firm through a sister company called Sellers Motor Corp. near Syracuse, producing a “Road Cruiser” bus-style coach — one 29-foot model of which was shown in late 1995 at Europe’s Dusseldorf Show equipped with “the industry’s first rear slide.”
He sold Sellers Manufacturing in 2010 to Lippert Components Inc.
Sellers was born Dec. 5, 1925, in Maplewood, Ohio, to Roy J. and Loretta Griffin Sellers. On July 4, 1982, in Las Vegas, Nev., he married Karen Linville, who survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Susan McClish and Debra I. Kuhn, both of Syracuse, and Christine “Tina” A. (and spouse Robert) Reid, Goshen; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, LoaAnn Dahl, Syracuse, and Barbara (and spouse Sam) Bontrager, Lake Wales, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his children, Ruth Sellers; a son, Larry Sellers; a daughter, Kathy Sellers; stepson, Mikel Peters; three brothers, Marvin, Jesse and Charles Sellers; and a sister, Glendora Madlem.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Monday (July 15) at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, with Anjenette Hasse officiating. His body will be cremated. Calling is from 4-6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to RV/MH Hall of Fame or the New Hope Pet Rescue, Syracuse. Condolences may be sent viawww.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.