Donald W. Salee

July 3, 1940March 28, 2013

Donald W. Salee, 72, of Malabar died Thursday (3/28) at William Childs Hospice House. A native of Bloomington, Indiana he came to Malabar in 1968 from Indiana. He was an electrician and worked for Boys Electrical Company. He was also a member of South Babcock Baptist Church in Palm Bay and a US Air Force veteran. He enjoyed woodworking and spent many hours repairing antique clocks as well as creating new wood clocks. Give him anything to tinker with or take apart and he was quick to get started.

Preceded in death by his parents: Cornelius and Dorothy Salee and a sister: Judith Jefferson all of Bloomington, Indiana; he is survived by his wife: Bonnie; three sons: Scott (DeAnn) of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, Jeff (Sherry Winslow) of Magnolia, Texas, John (Caroline) Minnerly of Melbourne; one daughter: Kellie Minnerly of Valkaria; one brother: Ronald of Mt. Vernon, Indiana; one sister: Evelyn Amolsch of Milford, Michigan; and five grandchildren: Bradley, Clayton, Brett, Jami, and Allison Minnerly.

Memorial services will be Monday (4/1) in the South Babcock Street Baptist Church at 3:00 PM. Donald will be cremated and his cremated body interred in Fountainhead Memorial Cemetery. For friends who wish, the family suggests memorial donations to William Childs Hospice, 381 Medplex Parkway, Palm Bay, FL 32907 (on line at: or South Babcock Street Baptist Church Missions, 7415 Babcock St. SE, Palm Bay, FL 329909.


  • Memorial Service Monday, April 1, 2013

Donald W. Salee

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Keith Flotte

April 3, 2013

Dear Bonnie, Kellie, and Family,

Don was a very special person to me for his example of what a Christian man should be in life. He was a humble man that did so much, for so many (without a lot of people knowing it!). I really enjoyed our Men's breakfasts and Wednesday evenings together at church when it was possible for me.

I will always remember the "electrical generator job" he did for me and Ann. Don and I had the chance to talk "one-on-one", as he worked on our project at our was very meaningful to me in that he shed more light and understanding in how to be a truly good Christian.

Like Scott said, we need to celebrate his life as well lived and in his being a faithful servant to God and Jesus. He is missed and I will cherish the memories forever...God bless.

April 3, 2013

Bonnie, Kellie, & family, We have only known Don for 6 years, but we know he was a very dedicated Godly man. we went to church with him for 4 years & whenever there was anything to do at the church, Don was the first one there and sometimes the only one. whenever our Pastor Joe would say. I would like to go witness, Don would say. When are we leaving? Our condolences to Bonnie & the family. You are in our hearts & our prayers. Betty & George White.

Wilma Chestnut

March 31, 2013

For each hour of your loneliness, I wish you a day of comfort;
for each minute of grief, a year of peace; and for every tear, a thousand reasons to smile.
Our prayers will be with you, The Chestnut Family

Mary Smith

March 30, 2013

Bonnie and Family,
Thinking and praying for all of you. I know you feel God's presence and his arms around you. Love and prayers are being sent.

Mary & Steve

eva puffer

March 30, 2013

Our prayers are with you

Debra Apple

March 30, 2013

John I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of you Dad, I know exactly how you feel as my mother died this morning. I send you love and hugs of support..and we need to talk about Bloomington, IN..............

Cindy Wagner

March 30, 2013

Your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Peace to all of you.

Norma Moore

March 30, 2013

Moments in time, very few moments I got to talk to this man. But had a sweet gentle spirit about. Thankful that the lord let me meet this man even if it was just for moments. Love and Prayers.