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In memoriam: Former OmniTRAX executive Selby dies


Longtime railroader and short-line executive Stephen Selby died April 1 in Kansas City, Kan., following a stroke, according to American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. He was 62.

Selby retired in 1997 from OmniTRAX Inc. after spending 41 years in railroading. He served OmniTRAX in various executive roles after joining the short-line holding company in 1991, including president of Central Kansas and Kansas Southwestern railways from 1993 to 1995.

He began his career in 1959 with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, and later served Apache Railroad. In 1979, he joined Green Bay & Western Railroad as vice president of operations, and later served as president and chief executive officer.

Selby spent his retirement years enjoying recreation activities at Selby Island in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, and traveling to spend time with his children and grandchildren. A lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, he tried to attend at least one home game per year.

Selby is survived by his wife Betty, two sons, a daughter and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Stephen P. Selby Memorial Fund, 605 State St., Emporia, KS 66801.

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