OBITUARY: Lawrence John Salmela |

OBITUARY: Lawrence John Salmela

Decorated war hero

Lawrence John Salmela, a longtime vacation resident of Donner Lake, died following a stroke at the San Ramon Regional Hospital in San Ramon, Calif. on Nov. 23. He was 76. His family was with him at the time of death.

Larry was a member of P.S.I. and a weekend ski instructor at Boreal Ridge during the 1970s. He was also a member of the Ancient Skiers Association of Seattle where he was born. His parents moved to Bremerton, Wash., in the late 1920s where they owned and operated the Acme Bakery.

He attended the local schools, graduating from Bremerton High School in 1942, after which he joined the army. He served as sergeant in Europe during the final stages of the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded in action on March 22, 1945 in Germany and was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for gallantry in the service of his country.

His family attended the Sierra Bible Church in Truckee when they stayed at Donner Lake.

He was employed by Hexcel Corp. International and retired after 45 years with the company. He was a quality assurance manager and served as technical adviser to their plant in Belgium during his last 15 years with the company.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Virginia of Danville: daughters Christine of San Mateo, Calif. and Nina of San Clemente, Calif.; son Craig and his wife Barbara of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; sister Marie Afflerbaugh and nephew Kenneth Sharp of Truckee; nephew Michael Sharp of Thailand; brother Fredrick and his wife Nellie and niece Taina Clauson of Bremerton; niece Corrine Green of Seattle; 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He was laid to rest Nov. 30 with full military honors at the Santa Rosa Memorial Park in Santa Rosa. A memorial service was held Dec. 2 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, Calif., where he was a member.

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