Local Storm Spotting Community Mourns Loss Of Jim Sellars

Storm spotters and amateur radio operators throughout the Ozarks are mourning the death of Jim Sellars. 

Sellars died Tuesday after battling several health problems in recent years. 

He was the regional coordinator for the National Weather Service SKYWARN program, and was a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. 

In his self-written obituary, Sellars said he was always intrigued by the weather, seeing his first tornado in 1975, and while he was unable to do storm spotting in recent years, he helped out SKYWARN and his friends in emergency management across the Ozarks and the National Weather Service. 

Sellers said "I liked all kinds of weather....rain, snow, sleet, hot cold....I really didn't care as long as I was here to see it." 

Sellars retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone/AT&T in 2007 as a manager, spending 33 years with the company. 

In the 1970's, he served as a reserve Springfield Police officer. 

Cremation was handled by Greenlawn Funeral Home East, with no additional services planned. 

Sellars wrote "my friends the 'Outlaw Chasers' will launch my cremains into a tornado at a later date....that'll be fun!!!"

Jim Sellars was 64.

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