He was born in Grayson County on March 10, 1920, the son of Gus and Della May Salmon. He was a member of Lone Star Church of Christ. He retired from the military where he was decorated with honors after more than 22 years of service. He first served with the C.C.C.'s in the late 1930's and helped the Alaskan Highway. In 1941 he joined the Army Air Corp as a Combat Engineer where he worked in the Pacific Theater clearing fighter air fields. After he left the Army, he came home to Falls of Rough to raise his family. He joined the Corp of engineers at Rough River, where he retired after 18 years.
He is survived by his wife, Hallie Eskridge Salmon of Falls of Rough; one son, Ray Salmon of Nashville, Tenn.; one daughter, Kathryn Salmon of Lamar, Colorado; one sister, Margaret Eskridge of Falls of Rough, one brother, Ralph Salmon of Texas; three step-children, Bo and Corky Slaughter and Patricia Ann Gagel; and five step-grandchildren, Jackie and David Slaughter, Sean Frans, Holly and Michael Gagel; and six step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 48 years, Edith Salmon; his parents; one sister, Marie Cabby; and two brothers, Paul and Leonard Salmon.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at Trent-Dowell Funeral Home in Hardinsburg, Ky. with Richard Mansel officiating.
Burial was in the Lone Star Cemetery.