Howard Saltzman

Howard Saltzman, age 85 of Wall, S.D., died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Howard Leroy Saltzman was born March 4, 1926, in Fairbury, Neb., the son of Harvey and Sarrah Sophia (Meritt) Saltzman.

He attended high school in Nebraska when World War II started. His parents had to sign for him to join the Navy on his 17th birthday. In 1943, he took his basic training at Camp Peary, Va., his advanced training at Camp Endicott, R.I., and his jungle training at Camp Parks, Calif. He then went on to debarkation point at Port Hueneme, Calif., where he was shipped out to Bougainville, in the Solomon Islands. He was with the 582nd CBMU, which maintained the airstrip, built by the Seabees.

On January 18, 1945, he received his honorable discharge and began working at several places as a chef, including Texas Medical Center at Galveston as an executive chef. He started working for Lane Guest Ranch in Colorado, in 1965. In 1971, he worked at the Cactus Café in Wall for one year. This is where he met his wife, Bonnie Stacey. After their marriage, they returned to the Lane Guest Ranch, where he worked until 1974. He would work in the summers at the guest ranch, and work various jobs in the winter. One of these jobs was at an oil field near Douglas, Wyo., where he was a chef for the drillers. He talked many times about the oil field fire in 1973, when the nitroglycerin disintegrated his apple pies just out of the oven.

In 1974, their son, Dennis, was born and they returned to Wall in 1975, where Howard was the chef at the Cactus and Bonnie was a waitress. They remained at the Cactus until 1986, when Howard was injured and was unable to work. Then in 1990, he returned to the Lane Guest Ranch, where he worked as a fishing guide in the summers until 2005. Due to health reasons, he quit guiding and remained in Wall, where he has since resided.

He loved to fish, garden, and play pool. He was well known for his oatmeal raisin cookies, which he would distribute throughout town.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie, of Wall; two sons, Dennis Saltzman and his wife, Joyce, of Rapid City, and Steven Saltzman; four daughters, Roxanne Saltzman, Sandy Saltzman of Beatrice, Neb., Barbara Hartig and her husband, Larry, of Beatrice, Neb., and Roberta Sue Saltzman of Denver, Colo.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; four brothers, Herman Saltzman of Oklahoma; Rupert "Smokey" Saltzman of Colorado, Bobby Saltzman of South Carolina, and Jerry Saltzman of Denver, Colo.; one sister, Roberta Davis and her husband, Art, of Golden, Colo.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Leona Kocha, twin brothers, Lester and Chester, and Dwight, Leland and Shirley Nicholson.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 15, at the United Methodist Church in Wall with Pastor Sheri Fadley officiating.

Music was provided by Carla Brucklacher, pianist, and Lucille Holsether, vocalist. Ushers were Bernard Foster and Wayne Davis. Pallbearers were James Reynolds, Dustin Hauk, Joel, Ron and Jerry Johannesen and Gary Vernon.

Interment with military honors by the Sturgis Honor Guard was at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. An online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com