Donald L. Saltsman

December 15, 1933July 3, 2014

Donald L. Saltsman, 80, of Peoria, Illinois, died Thursday, July 3, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 15, 1933 in Peoria, Illinois. He was the son of Grant L. and Mary A. (Hannamean) Saltsman. He married Eva M. Schrai on April 24, 1954 in Peoria, Illinois. She survives. He has four children surviving, Lynn Saltsman Gutierrez of Peoria, Illinois, Kathy (Mike) Vollmer of Bartonville, Illinois, Brad Saltsman of St. Charles, Illinois and Karen (Ethan) Lightle of Dunlap, Illinois. He has seven grandchildren, Angela Vollmer, Scott (Laura) Vollmer, Frank Gutierrez, Blake Saltsman, Eva Claire Saltsman, Maxwell Lightle and Bennett Lightle, one great grandson due in September and many neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Joshua Lightle, one brother, Grant Saltsman and two sisters, Ardella Ward and Norma Morris. Don was a Peoria City Firefighter from 1956 to 1984. He was the President of the Associated Firefighters of Illinois Local 544 for 12 years and was the Vice President for 4 years. He was the elected State Representative for District 92 from 1980 to 1996. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. He played in many softball leagues in his earlier years. Don enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren, while sitting at athletic events and concerts. He was a member of the AMVETS Post 64, American Legion Post 979 in Bartonville, Retired Firefighters Association and the Retirees Softball Association. He was of the Catholic faith. Funeral services will be Monday, July 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Davison Fulton Woodland Chapel. Deacon Joseph LaHood will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 5-8 PM at the funeral chapel and one hour prior to the services on Monday. Burial will be in the Resurrection Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the OSF Children’s Hospital of Peoria. You may create an online condolence at


  • Visitation Sunday, July 6, 2014
  • Vistation Monday, July 7, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 7, 2014

Donald L. Saltsman

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Tom Dunne

July 10, 2014

Eve, many yrs have gone by since I remember delivering your newspaper on Aiken street (1528 or 1530)! My Dad always spoke well of Don and I can even remember the trophy (given to my Dad) sitting on the bookcase in the Dunne house when Don and "the gang" won basketball tourney/s with my Dad as coach. My best to you and your family.

July 8, 2014

Mrs. Salesman, Lynne & Family,

I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Saltsman's passing. I have many fond memories of him during sleepovers. He will be missed. I'm sure it is very difficult now, but hopefully, you will soon have happy memories to share of the wonderful years you had with him. He was a good public servant who worked hard for the people in our community.

God Bless You All!
Laraine (Graves) Bryson

Dave McDermott

July 7, 2014

I enjoyed shooting the breeze with Don and found him a good and knowledgeable man to have as my state representative. My sincere sympathy to his family.

Laura Wilcox Corporate Minutes, Inc.

July 7, 2014

Brad: I never had the pleasure of meeting your father but I'm guessing he is where you got your moxy. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and know God will provide the strength needed to get through this difficult time.

Jim & Tina Stout

July 7, 2014

We were very sorry to learn of the passing of Don. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Christy and Mike Rudolph

July 7, 2014

To the Saltsman family,
Mike and I are so sorry for your loss. We hope it brings you comfort to know he is at peace and in a beautiful place. All of you are in our hearts and in our prayers.
With love,
Christy and Mike

Carole Martin

July 7, 2014

Please accept my sympathy for your family's loss. I remember Don from my days at the Peoria Labor Temple. Don was always a union man.

Mark Mason

July 7, 2014

Eva and Family, We are very sorry to hear of Don's passing and our thoughts are with all of you.

Mark Mason Family

Jeanette (Hatton) Davis

July 6, 2014

I am sorry for the loss of Don he was on the fire department with my Dad Bill Hatton. You have my heart felt sympathy he was there for my family when we lost my dad.

Coke Brown

July 5, 2014

Lynn,Mom Saltsman and family. I am so sorry to hear about Don. You are in my thoughts and prayers.