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Robert D. Salinovich

8/11/1933 - 4/21/2011

Robert Donald Salinovich born 08-11-33 in Marlboro, New York to Cecelia St. John and George Salinovich. Robert aka "Bob" was twice married, first to Jan Murphy and fathered six children,

David, Tim, Robert, Ruth, Cecelia and Michael. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Mary Ann M. Salinovich. They were married 9-18-82 in Aromas, California and together they raised Mary Ann's twin sons, Cory and Scott Buchanan, from age 6, he was known as "Uncle Bob" to the twins. They lived in Watsonville and Salinas until moving to Sacramento in 1991.

Bob served in the Marine Corps for 4 years and 2 years as a Reserve. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant, and served in the Korean Conflict. He received the National Service Medal and Exemplary Service Awards for his work as a Wireman in the field.

Bob attended Pine Plains High School and was a Star Athlete and Awards Winner for Basketball, Baseball and Football. He attended New Paltz State Teacher's College and majored in History.

Bob upon discharge went to work as an Installer for Pacific Telephone in San Diego as an Installer and then went to work for ITT at Vandenberg AFB as an Engineer and was elevated to the Civilian Equivalent of Colonel during the Bay of Pigs conflict and the Kennedy Assasination in the 1960's. He then went back to work for Pacific Telephone, subsequently called, Pacific Bell, Southwestern Bell, SBC and finally AT&T and AT&T Wireless. He was a Cable Maintenance Manager, Installation Manager and finally General Manager in Sacramento when he also worked for Metromedia, also bought out by SBC.

Bob belonged to many Service Organizations at one time or another including the Rotary Club, Lions Club, Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, SIRS and Marine Corps League of Folsom. He also served as an Associate Chaplain at Folsom State Prison with St. John the Baptist Church for 5 years until his respiratory issues forced him to stop.

He and Mary Ann were also active in YACO and sang with Harmonija in Watsonville, an all Croatian Singing Group in 1980's. They also bowled in several bowling leagues and volunteered and were active in Marriage Encounter, Retrouvaille and Lecturing and Eucharistic Ministers at both Madonna del Sasso Parish in Salinas and St. John's in Folsom.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, 6 children, 2 Stepchildren, 16 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren. He is also survived by 13 neices and nephews. He is predeceased by his 6 siblings, Lillian, Ellen, John, George, Donald and Margaret.

He was a proud, resourceful, passionate and proud man who loved God, his Country and his family and many friends. We will always remember his sense of humor, sometimes "sick" sense of humor, his opinionated discussions and creative "projects" he was always working towards.

Donations in his name should be made to: Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
3841 N. Freeway Blvd.
Suite 210
Sacramento, Ca.95834

Additional Info

  • Service Information:

    Viewing - Saturday April 23, 4-6pm at Miller Funeral Home.

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20 entries

  • posted by Emma Fravesi

    Mary Ann,
    My heart goes out to you and your family. I know you and Bob were one of the happiest couples around and he will be missed so much by that wonderful family. Many thoughts and prayers are going out to you.

    Tuesday, 03 May 2011 15:42

  • posted by Myra and Ray Fleming

    We just heard yesterday about Bob and we are so sorry for your loss. We know how much he loved you and we know this will be a difficult time for you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and we are so sorry we missed his memorial as we surely would have been there.

    Friday, 29 April 2011 02:55

  • posted by Cathy and Pete Spitzer

    We are so sorry for your loss. All our prayers are with you. Love, Cathy Jo and Pete

    Tuesday, 26 April 2011 19:42

  • posted by Barbara Ferguson

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    With love, Barbara Westerbeck Ferguson

    Monday, 25 April 2011 23:43

  • posted by Wes Roberts

    I wish I had gotten to know Bob ...our coming together for such short "visits" at tax time were probably not the best....would have enjoyed sharing talk abvout where our jobs at Pac Bell might have been closer. I wish you the best, under these tough circumstances. Don't be bashful if you think of anything I may do.

    Monday, 25 April 2011 07:29

  • posted by Linda Mazzuca

    MaryAnn, My prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Take care of yourself.

    Sunday, 24 April 2011 23:47

  • posted by Mary Robinson

    So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life you have shared! My prayers are with you and your family.

    Sunday, 24 April 2011 23:29

  • posted by Vicko

    Dear Bob's family,

    I am, as a main organizer of Annual meetings of Salinovichs,so sad that I never spoke with him. For sure that I could hear something very interesting about Salinovichs in USA.I will advise his cousin Andrija about Bob's death.This year will be fifth Annual meeting of Salinovichs, August 13th in Veliki Prolog,born place of his father George.
    Happy Easter and God bless you all.
    Vicko Salinovich

    Sunday, 24 April 2011 22:15

  • posted by Gene Mary Cabaluna

    Bob's passing will leave a huge space in our lives. We were both lucky to have know him. You know our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.

    Love, Gene & Mary

    Sunday, 24 April 2011 19:27

  • posted by Heidi Marzo

    Bob will be missed....

    Sunday, 24 April 2011 17:58

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