William Charles Salmon

12/31/1929 - 11/30/2020

Obituary for William Charles Salmon

William “Bill” Salmon passed away Monday, November 30, 2020 at his home in Des Moines, IA at the age of 90. Due to the Covid -19 pandemic, the family is planning private services. His final resting place will be at Iowa Veterans Cemetery.
William Charles Salmon was born December 31, 1929 ai Perry, Iowa the son of George W. and Martha Ann (Atwood) Salmon. He grew up and attended schools in Perry and graduated from Perry High School. Bill married Barbara Joan Riffle on October 20, 1950 in Papillion, Nebraska. Bill entered the United States Navy on January 15, 1951 and was honorably discharged on September 3, 1954.
Bill pursued a career in education after graduating from college. Bill and Barb lived in several different communities until returning to Perry where he was a school administrator until his retirement. After thirty years back in Perry, they moved to Des Moines in 2000. They spent several of their retirement years in Arizona during the winter months.
Bill was an active member of the West Des Moines Christian Church.
Preceding Bill in death were his parents; wife, Barb on September 2, 2017; eight sisters and two brothers.
Bill is survived by his son, Gary (Pam) Salmon of Grimes, IA; daughters Sydney (Greg) Otte of York, PA and Jennifer (Gary) Rodriguez of Des Moines, IA; grandchildren Rachel, Nathan, Samantha Sophia, Ethan and great -grandchildren Madison, Austin, Stella and two sisters Martha McDowell of Woodward, IA and Leone Boruff of Omaha, NE.
Sympathy notes and memorials in Bill’s name may be mailed to Murdock Funeral Home, Perry, IA. Online condolences may be sent to

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I was lucky to have gotten to know Bill in a grief class we were both a part of. What a special, caring gentleman he was! I'm so sorry for your loss.
- Sheryl Neal
We send sympathy to all of you. Your dad was principal at Stanhope in my first teaching experience. We became good friends with him and your mom. We also coached softball together. Sue and I have lots of good memories of your parents.
- Dick Rasmussen
I'm sorry for the loss of your dear father and grandfather. He was very active until the night he died, and the residents of 3801 Grand Suites in Des Moines will miss him. May Our Lord grant him peace!
- Ellen Celsi

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