Richard Lee Salmonson was born June 12, 1934 in Graceville, MN to Rolland and Mrytle (Gallinger) Salmonson. After graduating from high School in Ortonville, MN, Dick was a Standard Oil dealer in partnership with his father for eight years. He then attended Minnesota School of Business, Dakota Wesleyan University and St. Paul School of Theology. He served in the US Army from 1955 until 1957 and then was a reserve with the National Guard of Minnesota. On October 24, 1955 he married Margaret Walter in Jeffersonville, IN. He pastored in numerous United Methodist Churches in South Dakota from 1965 to 1996 and was actively involved in the communities where he and Margaret lived. He was a member of the Dakota’s Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dick was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis, Lions Club, enjoyed singing with Barbershop Chorus, church choirs and quartets.
He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Margaret, two sons: Joel (Kristie) Salmonson of Mitchell and Rob (Vicki) Salmonson of Flandreau, three daughters: Michelle Hoffman of Mitchell, Greta Salmonson of Yankton and Jessica Salmonson of West Concord, MN, four grandchildren: Rob, Jessica, Trevor and Travis, two great grandchildren: Jacquelin and Hayley, a sister, Jo Logan of Lamoni, IA and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials are preferred to UMCOR Hunger Projects
or Dakota United Methodist Foundation and camping Program.