Robert L. Salsbury, 77 of Otway, passed away Tuesday January 3, 2012, at the SOMC Hospice Inpatient Center. He was born on March 2, 1934 in Stout, Ohio, to the late Robert and Grace Stout Salsbury.
He was united in marriage on September 25, 1959, to Virginia Lorraine Conley Salsbury, who preceded him in death on November 4, 2005.
He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Greg and Linda Salsbury of Burlington, Ky., Robert D. Salsbury of Cincinnati, Lance and Suzy Salsbury of Otway, Todd and Amy Salsbury of Otway; two daughters, Debra Felty of Otway and Alicia Doss of Baltimore, Ohio; Sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat and Nick Vaccaro of Stout, Hope and Dan Flores of California, Jackie and Marvin Thornton of Arizona; brothers and sisters-in-law, Troy Salsbury of Otway, Dick and Joanne Salsbury of Virginia, Ray and Virginia Salsbury of Kentucky, Ed Salsbury of Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was employed as a river boat captain having worked his way up from the position of deckhand, with 40 years of service. He also served a four-year term in the U.S. Navy, during this time he was on the swim team, boxing team, baseball team, was a swimming instructor and a heavy equipment operator, a member of the Otway Christian Union Church and served on the church board. He was a member of the NRA, the Fox Hunters Assoc. and Coon Hunters Assoc., and enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, gardening, square dancing, and spending time with his family.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Otway Christian Union Church with Pastor Brad Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the McKendree Cemetery with military graveside services conducted by American Legion, James Dickey Post #23. Friends may call on Friday at Botkin Funeral Home in Otway from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. at the Church.