A life well-lived! Steve John Salgy (aka) Steve Jacob Salgy, exemplified “America’s Greatest\nGeneration” during his 102-years of living life in its fullest!\nSteve has finished his work on the earth. He departed this world Friday, February 3, 2023, at\nHeritage Gardens Assisted Living, in Springville, Utah, where he has been a resident since October\n21, 2022.\nSteve loved life and dared to live it! Now, he has gone to meet his wife, Shirley, for a round of\ngolf on Heaven’s course. This truism is evident, because Steve and Shirley have a passion for golf.\nAs a matter of fact, the sign beside his front door reads: “If they don’t have golf in heaven, I’m\nnot going!”\nBorn July 16, 1920 in St. Cloud, Stearns, Minnesota, Steve was the last child born to Ivan Salgaj\nand Jelka Stancin [Americanized names John and Helen Salgy.] His parents were immigrants from\nKomarnica, Croatia, who left their homeland in search of the “American Dream.”\nA Memorial Service will be held to honor Steve, Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 10:00 A.M.,\nunder the direction of NELSON FAMILY MORTUARY, 4780 North University Ave., Provo, Utah.\nSteve’s father, Ivan Salgaj, made the long and arduous sea voyage to the United States aboard\nthe ship, Ultonia. The ship departed from the Port of Fiume [today] Rijeka, Croatia, April 13,\n1905, and arrived at the Port of New York, May 10, 1905.\nA carpenter and plumber by trade, John worked at various labor jobs, to earn money for the ship\npassage for his wife, Jelka. Six years later, November 3, 1911, the ship Carpathia sailed into the\nNew York harbor. And Jelka Salgaj was able to have her first glimpse of the imposing Statue of\nLiberty, the symbol of hope and the possibility of a new beginning and a better life. The Salgy\nfamily settled in Duluth, Minnesota and began their new life together.\nA heartbreaking event happened in Steve’s early years, when his mother died, June 22, 1926,\nonly one-month prior to Steve’s six-year birthday. His father never remarried. There were trying\ntimes in the Salgy household, through the ensuing years. However, within our struggles lives our\nstrength, and within our trials lives our triumphs. Steve persevered through those trials, and\npaved his own path, to become the remarkable man we know, venerate, and ever love.\nSteve grew up and received his schooling in the beautiful port city of Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota.\nLocated on westernmost tip of Lake Superior, the city was a hub for cargo shipping. Known as\nthe Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota was also a land of opportunity. The clear, crystal lakes and\nrivers were abounding with Walleye, just waiting to be caught. \nSteve’s nephew, Richard (Dick) Salgy declares: “Fishing is in the Salgy blood!” Yes, Steve delighted\nin fishing with his family and friends; and he always seemed to use the right bait!\nApparently, that applies to women as well. Steve caught and married Palma Ruth Shirley Martin\n11 July 1941 in Duluth, where they established their first home at 319 W 4th Avenue West.\nSteve and Palma were the parents of four children. Their two children, Cheryl Ann and Larry Jack,\nwere born in Minnesota. Later, after the couple moved to Utah, to begin a new chapter in their\nlives, their twin boys Ricky Alan and Randy Dean were born.\nThere are no guarantees in any marriage, and Steve and Palma closed the book of their lives\ntogether, July 12, 1955, in Provo, Utah. Shortly thereafter, Steve was granted custody of their\nfour children. Palma returned to Duluth and Steve remained in Utah to raise their children.\nSteve married June Ardelle Erickson, 10 August 1957 in Elko, Nevada. Besides raising his own\nchildren, Steve became a stepfather to June’s two minor daughters, from her previous marriages,\nJudy Ann Hendrickson and Jolene Dandy. June’s five-year-old son, James Joseph Dandy, lived in\nArizona with his father, Joseph Edward Dandy.\nNo one gets married to separate or divorce; but sometimes the challengesseem insurmountable.\nSteve and June divorced in 1969.\nAll endings are also beginnings, and fortunately, Steve was able to find love again. He married\nShirley Rae Allred Stubbs, January 10, 1970 in Elko, Nevada. Once more, Steve assumed the role\nof a stepfather to Shirley’s two daughters, LeAnn and Susan Stubbs, and son, Michael Stephen\nStubbs; whom he loved like his own children.\n“Friendship is not finding gold or silver among the rocks of life. It’s accepting each other as coal,\nuntil diamonds are formed with time.” Thus, it was so during their 42-years of marriage. Steve\nand Shirley laughed together, played together, and stayed together. They enjoyed, golfing,\nbowling, playing cards, hosting family and friends at their cabin, and dancing at the Elks Lodge.\nAnother favorite pastime was a trip to the Rainbow Casino in Wendover, Nevada, to play the slot\nmachine games. The wheels on Steve’s car went round and round through the years, as many\nfamily members and friends accompanied him. More often than not, Lady Luck was on his side!\nSteve savored watching football games on TV. He was a dyed-in-the-wool Green Bay Packers fan!\nAnd he had the “Official” Packers’ jersey, plus numerous Packer blankets to prove it! Everyone\nknew the unwritten law: “Don’t call me during a Packer game! I won’t answer the d*#? phone!”\n(However, he will take a bet on the game!) The Green Bay Packers honored Steve for his fan\nloyalty, by sending him a Team-autographed football, in celebration of his 100th Birthday! (2020)\nThe Salgy family lived in the Village Green Mobile Home Park, 222 North 1200 West #11, Orem,\nUtah. Steve found great pleasure doing yard work, and kept his property immaculate. His vibrant\ntulips and vast array of colorful rose bushes, were a sight to behold!\nA man for all seasons! Christmastime was magical at the Salgy home! Steve was always the first\nresident in the park, to put up his glittering lights and festive holiday decorations. And once\ninside their home, you just knew you were in an enchanted winter wonderland!\nSteve and Shirley collected miniature Original Snow Villages. At last count, they had an\nassortment of 17 buildings and 60+ accessories. During the holiday season, the villages were\nmeticulously arranged on long tables, covered in snowy-white batting and dazzling, twinkling\nlights. One would wish that Christmas lasted all year long!\nThe couple enjoyed many blissful days on the Wasatch Mountain Golf Course in Midway. In\naddition to the pristine course, Steve always had a good time at the Wasatch Park Café, where\nthe owners and staff treated him like a king! He regularly had his “made to order” breakfast: two\nsunny side up eggs, two slices of bacon (waved over the grill), hashbrowns, two pieces of toast\n(lightly browned), and a cup of HOT, HOT coffee, with cream and four spoonful’s of sugar.\nAll that fun, food (and perhaps sugar), enticed Steve and Shirley and their friends, Ed and Bess\nMorgan, to build a cabin nearby. They purchased .37 acres (lot #66) in the Oak Haven\nDevelopment, nestled in the Wasatch Mountains. Then they rolled up their sleeves and went to\nwork!\nSteve worked at Geneva and Ed owned an electrical company. Every night after their work, and\nevery weekend, they drove to Midway to build their cabin. Steve boasts very proudly, “We\nfinished the cabin in 100 days!” And what a magnificent cabin it was! The couples had joint\nownership with the understanding: “Last man standing gets the cabin!”\nMany good times with family and friends were enjoyed at the (sometimes) quiet, relaxing retreat.\nSummer evenings were spent on the absolutely stunning deck, overlooking the beautiful Heber\nValley, (with his favorite drink—Gin and coke, in hand.) Steve affirms, “You always have to have\ntwo drinks, because a man can’t fly on one wing!” Shirley died June 10, 2012. Steve missed her\ngreatly. He fondly remembered all the wonderful moments they shared together.\n(As you would expect, Steve ultimately acquired the cabin.)\nSteve has always been a hardworking and industrious man. He worked two years in the Civilian\nConservation Corps in northern Minnesota, as an Assistant Leader. (The CCC was a major part of\nPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. It was a voluntary government work relief program, that gave\nmillions of young, unemployed, and unmarried men employment on environmental projects. The\nprogram functioned from 1933 to 1942.)\nAt the time Steve registered for the U.S., World Ward II Draft, February 14, 1940, he was working\nfor American Steel and Wire in Morgan Park, Duluth, Minnesota.\nSteve also worked as a “Chipper”* for Barnes-Duluth Shipbuilding. The company built fully\noutfitted warships for World War II. The reality of working in a shipyard is that it is strenuous\nand potentially dangerous work. Steve worked for the company from June 1942 until July 1943.\n(A “Chipper” trues up all irregular plates, cuts off plate edges that are too long, smooths rough castings,\nand cuts out loose rivets. An air tool, similar to that used by the riveter, driving various kinds of chisels, is\nused for this work.)\nSteve was inducted into the U.S. Naval Service, July 24, 1943. He was assigned to the Gato-class\nsubmarine, named the USS Greenling SS-213. The Gato-class submarines were the first USN\nsubmarine to incorporate the use of radar and sonar.\nThe USS Greenling SS-213 distinguished herself in the Pacific Theater of operations, during World\nWar II. On October 3, 1944, the USS Greenling departed Midway for her 11th submarine war\npatrol. She was ordered to patrol in the dangerous Japanese home waters off Honshu.\nSteve remembers they were so close to Honshu, they could see Mt. Fujiyama (the highest\nvolcanic mountain in Japan), through the periscope. He recounts, “The whole crew got to take a\nturn looking!” Indeed, it was a brief respite from the anxiety and trepidation of patrolling the\nhostile, enemy waters of the Pacific.\nThe Greenling’s 12th and last war patrol, was carried out in the Ryukyu Islands. Departing Pearl\nHarbor December 26, 1944, she found no targets until January 24, 1945, when she intercepted a\nnine-ship convoy. While making her approach, the Greenling was attacked by enemy escorts.\nAfter a four-hour (96) depth charge* attack, she managed to make her escape and steamed to\nSaipan for repairs. Steve never forgot that perilous and absolutely terrifying experience! (*A\ndepth charge is an anti-submarine warfare weapon. It is intended to destroy a submarine by being\ndropped into the water nearby and detonating, subjecting the target to a powerful and destructive\nhydraulic shock.)\nSteve was a stalwart citizen, who loved our country and respected our flag! He served proudly,\nwith honor, courage, and commitment! Steve was honorably discharged from the U.S. Naval\nService, December 10, 1945, with the rank of Motor Machinist Mate 3rd Class. (Machinist’s Mates\nplay a vital role in keeping a ship running smoothly and safely.)\nAfter the war, Steve worked at Geneva Steel in Vineyard, Utah. He retired after 34-years, as the\nGeneral Foreman in Maintenance, where he kept the plant “running smoothly and safely.” A\ngreat achievement, when you consider that at its peak, Geneva Steel was the largest steel mill\nwest of the Mississippi River, and produced 60 percent of the steel used in the Western United\nStates.\nSteve celebrated his 100th birthday on July 16, 2020. Prior to his birthday, his niece, Cindy [Salgy]\nPribnow, of Duluth, Minnesota, contacted Bud Atkinson, the President of the U.S. Veterans\nSubmarine Group, called the Holland Club. Atkinson arranged to have Steve made an Honorary\nMember of the Holland Club. In recognition for his World War II service aboard the USS Greenling\nSS-213, he bestowed upon Steve a certificate of Honorary Membership in the Holland Club. Steve\nalso received a Certificate in “Recognition of 76 years qualified in Submarines, while serving his\nCountry.”\nAdditionally, Steve received a copper grave marker medallion, signifying he was a WWII\nSubmarine Veteran. He was also given several other military memorabilia. Steve could not\ncontain his emotions, when the items were presented to him, at a small family birthday\ncelebration, at his grandnephew, Ricard Roy Salgy’s home in Provo, Utah.\nFurthermore, in 2022, Steve’s nephew, David Demro, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, contacted Mike\nGallagher, U.S. representative for Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District, and apprised him of\nSteve’s up-coming birthday. Congressman Gallagher arranged for the flag of the United States\nof America to be flown over the United States Capital in Washington, D.C., on Steve’s 102nd\nbirthday, July 16, 2022.\nDavid then mailed the large flag to Steve, along with the official certificate which reads:\nThe Flag of the United States of America\nThis is to certify that the accompanying flag was flown over the United States Capitol at the request of\nthe Honorable Mike Gallagher, Member of Congress. This flag was flown in honor of Steve Salgy World\nWar II Vet, U.S. Navy Submarine Corps. (102 years old) July 16, 2022.\nSteve proudly displayed the flag on the wall in his home; and later, on the wall of his room at\nHeritage Gardens. Steve will always remember the expressions of love, appreciation, and\nrespect, that have been shown to him through all his 102 years of birthdays!\nSteve was an active Lifetime Member of the Provo Elks Lodge No. 849. He participated in many\nways, including donating the bricks to build a BBQ pit at the Lodge. He was chairman of the Bingo\nCommittee and headed the Christmas Charity Committee for 12-years. Steve appreciated and\nenjoyed the association of the other veterans and members of the Elks. Steve made it a point to\nhelp promote the noble goals of the Elks.\nSteve has fought the good fight. He has finished the course. Now, he will participate in the most\nesteemed tournament of all—The Masters! There is in store for him the crown of righteousness,\nwhich the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award him on that day. And he will live forever in the\nglories of eternity.\nSteve prearranged a cremation for his body. It would be like a “Hole in One,” to scatter his ashes\non the 18th Green of the Wasatch Golf Course. However, as Steve planned, his ashes will be\ninterred next to Shirley’s ashes, at the Eastlawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, 4800 North 650 East,\nProvo, Utah.\nIn addition to his parents and wife, Steve was preceded in death by his three sisters: Maija Salgaj\n[died at age nine in Croatia], Katarina (Mato) Vadunec [never came to America], and Mary Helen\n(Howard Garner) Demro of Green Bay, Wisconsin. His three brothers: Steven [died at age two in\nDuluth], Ivan and Frank Lawrence Salgy of Duluth, Minnesota. His children: Cheryl Ann (James\nF.) Ellison, Ricky A. Salgy, and Randy D. Salgy, and stepson, Michael Stephen Stubbs.\nSteve would do anything for his family and friends! He made everyone who knew him laugh, cry,\nand clap at all the jokes and stories he shared. Cherished memories of the twinkle in his bright,\nblue eyes, and his fun-loving personality, will always put a smile on the faces, and laughter in the\nhearts of those he leaves behind: His son, Larry J. (Rose Szymanski) Salgy of West Seneca, New\nYork; stepdaughters LeAnn (Kent) Stewart, and Susan (Richard) Lamb; his many grandchildren;\ngreat-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and loyal friends.\n“It’s not where you are in life, it’s who you have by your side that matters!” Family and friends\nhelp us through this life, and they are the only things from this world, that we could hope to see\nin the next. May God bless each and every one, who has touched Steve’s life for good, and\nenriched his many days!\nThe family is thankful for Steve’s niece, Jerris, and her husband Robert (Bob) Peterson and their\nfriend, Astrid Mosquera, whom Steve kindly nicknamed, “Missy.” Their assistance in the months\nprior to Steve’s move to Heritage Gardens, gave him the opportunity to live in his own home as\nlong as possible.\nSpecial appreciation and gratitude are also expressed to the owner, Rebecca VomDorp, and the\nwonderful staff of Heritage Gardens of Springville and Icare Home Health and Hospice, for the\ncompassionate care and friendship given to Steve during the last few months of his life.\nWords do not adequately express our heartfelt appreciation, to the owners and staff of Nelson\nFamily Mortuary. Truly, you “honor the spirit and life of every person you serve!” Thank you for\nhelping our family feel part of your family!\nIn lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in honor of Steve, to the Provo Elks Lodge No. 849,\n1000 South University Avenue, Provo, UT 84601 (801) 373-0849.