Frederick Henry Salter, 82, died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at his home on Foothill Road in Kalispell, Mont.
He was born August 19, 1922, in Gulph Mills, Pa., to Frederick Evan and Ethel M. (Jordan) Salter. He grew up in the hills of Pennsylvania, ran a trap line and played fiddle in a hillbilly band at barn dances.
He joined the U.S. Horse Calvary while a teenager. He fought in North Africa as a reconnaisance scout from 1942-1943, then in Sicily in 1943 and also in Italy in 1944.
He married Pauline Folding in November 1946 in West Chester, Pa. After World War II, they raised three sons in a log cabin in Southeast Alaska on the shores of Auke Bay. In 1977, they moved to mountain farming in the foothills of the Swan Range in Northwest Montana.
Fred raised sheep until his first wife's death in September of 1991. He married Cecelia Moleski in August of 1993 at St. Richards in Columbia Falls.
Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, woodworking, playing country music, poetry and writing. He played music all over the valley. He was the author of the books "Recon Scout" and "The Maverick Tumbleweed." He was a life member of the Disabled Americans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Pauline V.; and a daughter, Kathleen, in 1952.
He is survived by his wife Cecelia of Kalispell, Mont.; three sons, Michael of Kalispell, Mont., Fred James of California and Eric Cody Salter of Juneau; granddaughters, Christy Behm of New Meadows, Idaho, and Veronica Salter of Juneau; brother, George of Eagleville, Pa.; a sister, Ethel Gitty of Norrisville, Pa.; and five stepchildren; Dan, Bill, Larry, Chris and Nancy Moser.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Risen Christ Catholic Church with Father Rudolph Bullman officiating. Burial followed services at C. E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery.
The family suggests that donations be made to Hospice Home Health Options, 175 Commons Loop, Ste. 100, Kalispell, Mont. 59901, or the local VFW Group, 111 S. Main Street, Kalispell, Mont. 59901.