Robert Anthony Salle was born in Berkeley, California on October 22, 1929. The son of scientist Anthony Joseph Salle and Cecelia Daverso, Robert, throughout his life known as Bob, served his country as a young adult in Berlin and Korea in Special Services, including Honor Guard service. He next took a Business degree from the University of Arizona after completing his military duties.
Bob married Carolyn Kuglen on September 1, 1956 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westwood. Catholicism continued to remain a lifelong devotion and practice for the couple all throughout their lives. In 2016, the couple celebrated sixty years of marriage, with all of their children as well as Bob’s brother Richard on hand.
As a career man, Bob soon found opportunities for a few of Southern California’s top companies of the postwar era, including JC Penney. His mastery of technical details enabled him to serve as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Cerritos; his belief in the value of volunteerism led him to serve communities in a host of different ways, from church duties to coaching softball and soccer.
But it has been especially as a father to nine children–one of whom departed life as a toddler–that Bob has distinguished himself and how he continues to impact many communities. He has remained a mindful and generous parent to his eight surviving children and their own families throughout all their own lives, and they similarly have continued to show their appreciation for his careful parenting.
In retirement, Bob resumed his lifelong passions for golf, ballroom dancing, played contract bridge, and enjoyed Sudoku. He refurbished his final house, with a beautiful garden, in the late nineties. Far from an idle retiree, Bob was beloved by congregants of many churches as well as many community organizations; he was well into his second decade of volunteer service at the Corona Senior Center at the time of his decease.
While his circle of friends seemed to widen every passing year, his family remained especially close to him all through their own lives, with many of his children bedside when he passed away peacefully, early in the morning of Monday, April 24, at eighty-seven years of age.
Following Mass, please join us in celebrating Bob’s life at the Women’s Club of Corona:
1101 South Main Street, Corona, CA 92882
Directions: Interstate 10 East, to Interstate 15 South, to 91 West and exit Main Street. Turn left onto Main Street and travel south 0.9 miles to clubhouse.