Billy Ray Salmon passed away peacefully at home on April 15, 2015.
Billy was born on February 16, 1927 in Bloomington, IN, to William R. and Dova (Baker) Salmon. Billy is survived by his three sons: Ray (Pat Headley) of Unionville, IN; Barry (Mary Benoit) of Charlotte, NC; and Glen (Susan Snider) of Unionville, IN. Grandchildren are Shelli Altemeyer (Stuart) of Alpharetta, GA, Karen Salmon of Columbia, SC, Scott (Kristen Dmytryk), of Indianapolis, IN, and Jessica Fortes (Cameron) of Wilmington, NC, and Great-Grandson Grey Altemeyer.
He was preceded in death by his life partner, Madalyn Boruff, his parents, brother John, sister Ruth Howe, and nephew Ross Howe.
Billy graduated from Bloomington High School with the class of 1944. His father and brother also served in the armed forces during WWII. Billy was a proud member of "the greatest generation" and was selected to participate in an Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2009. He enjoyed attending Veterans Day celebrations in Brown County.
Billy Ray has been an iconic figure in the village of Nashville, IN. A civic activist, he often advised the Brown County Commissioners regarding the work he believed they should be performing. The commissioners named their meeting chambers as the Billy Salmon Room in his honor. Billy was instrumental in the building of many structures in the Nashville area including at least one bank, professional and office facilities, and the Brown County Health & Living Community center.
For many years it was his practice to canvas the streets of Nashville, IN, stopping to chat with shop owners, visit the drugstore, and carry news. From his porch on West Main Street, Billy flew the Stars and Stripes every day, taking down the flag at night with respect. He waved and cajoled to all who walked or drove by. Tuned into police and fire monitors, Billy would be one of the first to know what was happening anywhere in the area.
Over the course of many decades of entrepreneurship, Billy held roles as: journeyman in the stone quarry field, sales at Salmon Trailer Sales, Quarry Stone sales in Bradenton, FL, Real Estate Broker, and Real Estate Developer including creation of Salmon Harbor on Lake Lemon. He could be found drinking coffee and greeting all comers at his First Realty office in Nashville, IN.
Billy was a member of the American Legion and a past President of the Murat Temple Shrine Club. He was a Clown with the Shrine Club mini-cycle group and rode in many parades. In 2006 he was honored for 50 years in the Masonic Fraternity of the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Indiana.
He was a voracious reader of the Bloomington, Columbus, and Nashville newspapers and challenged visitors regarding facts and story updates. Billy was also a huge arm-chair sports fan and constantly watched NASCAR, IU Basketball, Colts, Pacers, boxing, and golf.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Tim Alward for his dedication to Billy and companionship, and to Ron Higgins for his support and advice. We also thank Tammy Jaynes for her constant care and friendship and send deepest appreciation for the Comfort Keepers, Caregivers, Hospice, and Billy's countless friends and professional colleagues who visited, called, and keep Billy an important part of their lives.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held on Saturday, May 16th from 3-5 pm in the Billy Salmon Room, Brown County Office Building, 201 Locust Lane, Nashville, IN.
Memorial contributions may be made to help fund future Honor Flights for US Veterans at http://www.indyhonorflight.org. Cremation services have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.
Condolences may be sent to the Salmon family at www.meredith-clark.com.
Information: (812) 597-4670