Philip Joseph Salitros, 88, Brazil, passed away at Cloverleaf Health Care, Knightsville, April 1, 2012.
He was born in Clay County, Oct. 26, 1923, the son of Joseph and Irene (Dowell) Salitros.
Phil graduated from Van Buren High School with the class of 1941.
Following high school, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served in the infantry from 1943-46. He was proud of his service to his country with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 71st Regiment, 44th Infantry Division, where he earned a Combat Infantry Bade, 2 Unit Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
On Nov. 28, 1948, he married his high school sweetheart, Oletta McQueen. They were married for 60 years before Oletta passed April 24, 2009.
For most of his career, he worked in the coal mines of Clay County and retired from the AMAX Chinook Mine in 1985.
After retirement, he enjoyed following his grandkids' activities. Phil also enjoyed fishing, hunting and mushroom hunting this time of year.
He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed following his teams, especially the St. Louis Cardinals.
He was a member of the Ebenezer Church, and during his working career, he was a local officer of the United Mine Workers of America.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and sister Madonna Daniels.
Survivors include his son Kent Salitros and wife Peggy, Colstrip, Mont., daughter Jan Choate and husband Jerry, Brazil, grandchildren Craig Salitros, Evansville, Haley Salitros, Vincennes, and Jayme Rudisel and husband Tim, Harmony, and great-grandson Eli Joseph Rudisel (born April 2, 2012), sister Margaret Hood and husband Kenneth, Brazil, and brother Robert Salitros, Brazil, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Services for Mr. Salitros will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel Thursday, April 5, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Pastors Bill Price and Gary Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday, from 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ebenezer Church, 10909 N. County Road 100 E., Brazil, Ind., 47834.
Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his memory.