Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven.
Interment will be at North Lawn Cemetery in Spencer.
Orven Sandy Salton was born Aug. 3, 1922, the second of six children born to William Aaron and Ida Marie (Johnson) Salton on the family farm in Clay County, Ia. He attended Logan Country School and graduated from Gillett Grove High School in 1938 as valedictorian at the age of 15.
On April 24, 1949, Sandy was united in marriage to Natalie Lindgren at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City, Ia. To this union seven children were born. The couple enjoyed living on the same farm almost fifty years. Sandy took great pride in being an Iowa farmer, raising crops, livestock and kids!
Sandy was an active and devoted member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven, serving as a trustee, Sunday School teacher, Bible Study leader and usher. He also worked to promote and support 4-H. For 18 years, Sandy was a 4-H leader of the Logan Leading Lads. During this time, it became the largest 4-H club in Iowa. Sandy served as the County Assessor in Gillett Grove and Greenville and as a trustee for Logan Township.
Being around family, neighbors and friends brought Sandy great joy. He found pleasure in working along side his kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids and whomever else was willing to work. Relaxation included work, playing baseball on the town team, going fishing and playing cards. At family gatherings Sandy and his brother Kenny delighted everyone by reciting classic poetry from memory at rapid fire speed!
Sandy passed away Dec. 12, 2011.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Amanda Ann (Nov. 26, 1953); grandson, Horatio B. Salton (Aug. 2, 1986); siblings: John Salton, Helen (Salton) Anderson and William Salton; in-laws: Jane Lindgren, Lois Salton, Shirley and Dick Beadle, Doris Salton; Al Lindgren, Virgil Treimer and Reuben Anderson; nieces: Neva (Lindgren) Heuton and Janet (Lindgren) Grimm; and great nephew, Taylor Lindgren.
Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 63 years, Natalie; their children and spouses: Eben and Lynn Salton of Webb, Ia., Marilyn and Rick Hawkins of Mount Ayr, Ia., LaVonne and Gary Anderson of Des Moines, Ia., Aaron and Dianne Salton of Gladewater, Texas, Susan and Chris Irwin of Sac City, Ia., and Marcia and Chris Langner of Ayrshire, Ia.; grandchildren and spouses: Forrest and Marla Hawkins, Lyndon Hawkins, Brian and Elizabeth Salton, Amy (Salton) and Brandon Shostak, Sierra Salton, David Langner, Mark Langner and Kent Irwin; siblings: Kenneth Salton and Doris (Salton) Treimer; in-laws: Darlene and Jim Embry, Paul and Donna Lindgren, Floyd and Rosemary Lindgren, and Gene Lindgren; nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as many other relatives and friends.
Sandy will be remembered for his honesty, humor, intelligence, and strong work ethic. He always put God first and led his family by Christian example. Sandy found the best in every person he met. He was truly a faithful and devoted man.