JOHN “SPORTY” SALSMAN was an icon in men’s fastpitch softball in Wisconsin and the United States. Courtesy Photo
GALESVILLE — John J. “Sporty” Salsman, 96, of Galesville passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at Grand View Care Center, Blair.
John was born Aug. 28, 1920, to William and Lilly (Van Vleet) Salsman. He was raised in Galesville and graduated from Galesville High School. At the age of 17, he joined the Army Air Corps.
On April 20, 1948, he married Vivian Bortle at the Centerville Methodist Church.
John flew P51s in World War II and many other aircraft in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. John was an avid outdoorsman. He trapped and hunted up to the age of 92, shooting his last trophy buck with a crossbow at the age of 91.
He loved all sports and coached both men and girls softball teams. John also enjoyed watching high school sporting events. John’s accomplishments are too many to list in this obituary. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors are his children, Renee Page, Patricia Sleeter, Robert “Buck” (Karen) Salsman, David (Sandra) Salsman; his grandchildren, Jamie Page, Stacy (Rudy)Perez, Kelly Sleeter, John Salsman, Jacob Salsman, Angela (Shawn) Himebauch, Aaron Salsman, Dan Salsman; and his great-grandchildren, Christian Perez, Taylor Himebauch, Brandyn Himebauch and Jayde Himebauch.
His wife, Vivian, preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at Mill Road Banquet Center, 20020 Mill Road, Galesville, with the Rev. Anna Sorenson officiating. A celebration of life will immediately follow the service until 6 p.m.
Burial will be at a later date with military rites in the Trempealeau Public Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the G-E-T High School Athletic Department.
Zwickey Funeral Homes, Galesville Chapel, assisted the family.