Robert Lyle Salmon, 88, of Hampton and a former longtime resident of York, Maine, and Boxford, Mass., passed away peacefully after a brief illness, at his home on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Robert was born in Madison, Wis., son of the late Lyle and Nina (Melgard) Salmon. He was raised in Sparta, Wis., and graduated from Sparta High School with the Class of 1947. Duty called and Bob left the University of Wisconsin and enlisted in the United States Air Force. He earned his commission and flew the Curtiss C-46 Commando during the Korean War, carrying soldiers to and from the conflict. He left active duty as a 1st LT and remained with the Wisconsin Air National Guard until he began his flying career with American Airlines.
Bob flew for American Airlines for over 30 years, retiring as a senior captain flying international routes. For many years, Bob and Jeanne traveled with their five children on fascinating vacations, often not really knowing where they may end up due to the vagaries of flying stand-by. Pack clothes for warm weather, head to Logan Airport and see what flight had room for the seven of us! It was great adventure and left his family with many cherished memories.
Bob loved his children and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. He frequented his grandchildren’s sporting events, rain or shine. Always a gracious host, he enjoyed celebrating the holidays with family and friends. He especially loved his wife, Jeanne, and together they made friends easily wherever they went.
Bob is survived by his wife of over 62 years, Jeanne (Doyle) Salmon of Hampton; his sons, Michael R. Salmon and his wife, Catie of Gloucester, Mass., David L. Salmon and his wife, Dianne of Yarmouth, Maine; and his daughters, Stephanie Stepanauskas and her husband, Daniel of Silver Lake, N.H., Melissa McBride and her husband, Jack of Concord, Mass., and Jane Diamond and her husband, Terry Palison of Ft. Myers, Fla. He also leaves his 12 treasured grandchildren and his many cherished friends. Bob's will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Marianne Webster of Grays Lakes, Ill.
Visiting hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, in the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home, 811 Lafayette Rd., Hampton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 31, at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, 289 Lafayette Rd., Hampton. Friends and family are respectfully invited. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to American Cancer Society. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Bob’s memorial website, to sign his tribute wall and for directions.
Published on  August 28, 2017