James “Jim” Charles Salsgiver joined his wife Gail, son Mark, parents Charles and Geraldine, and brothers and sisters Jerry, Dorothy, Sue and Danny in his eternal home on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
“Pappy,” as he was known to family, had struggled with health concerns in recent years. The faith that we all share assures us that he is alive in our Savior, strong, restored and overjoyed!
He is survived by his youngest son, Erik and wife Melanie, Florida; grandsons Jake, California, and Mason and his wife Kaylie, Florida, and their boys William and Wakefield; granddaughters Emma, Florida, and Eileen and her fiance, Anthony, California; and his brothers and sisters: Carol Ann, Ohio; Robert and Marsha, Pennsylvania; Cheryl, Florida; and Ted, Pennsylvania.
Jim was born in Mentcle, on Jan. 17, 1939, the oldest of his nine siblings. He met the love of his life at a high school basketball game in Purchase Line, at the school they both attended. They later married on Oct. 22, 1960. Their marriage set a loving example for over 52 years, and only Mamere’s (as Gail was known) early passing separated them temporarily.
After high school, Jim traveled to Michigan to pursue his business education, and was recruited into the FBI during the Hoover years and later for SafeWay. Mamere and Pappy spoke fondly of their young married days in D.C., but dreamed of raising their boys in the idyllic Pennsylvania setting they remembered from their childhood. They returned home and pursued a variety of small businesses, landing most successfully on Glenwood Personal Care Home in Glen Campbell, which Jim ran until his retirement at 50.
Afterward, Jim would recall that they would “take a trip somewhere every month.” As their boys grew and became involved in activities, Jim took great pride in supporting them both. He was blessed to be involved in the lives of his grandchildren and great-grandsons, and his way with children made it obvious he was raised in a houseful! After Gail’s passing, Jim made the decision to relocate to Florida and enjoyed his last few years traveling and enjoying his family. In his newly adopted city of Tallahassee, Fla., Jim joined his children and found a home in St. John’s Episcopal Church, enjoying his connection with the parish greatly.
The family would like to extend their thanks to their clergy and church family for your ever-constant support and prayer. As well, we would like to thank the caregivers at Capital Regional Medical Center for their compassion, skill and professionalism in his recent days.
A service in memory of Jim was held at Bevis Funeral Home, Tallahassee, Fla., with the Rev. Abigail W. Moon presiding. Jim’s inurnment will be held at a later date; he will be placed by his wife at Fry Cemetery in Grant Township.
Jim loved plants and flowers and also asked that any who preferred to honor his memory otherwise, please consider doing so through an offering to the Senior Adult Ministries at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 211 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32301. Todd Wahlquist with Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the Salsgiver family with their arrangements.