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Celebrating the life of

James Dudley Salyer, Jr.

August 10, 1948 - February 22, 2020

Decorated war hero.

James Dudley Salyer, Jr.

James D. Salyer, 71, of Savannah, Georgia returned home to his Lord on February 22, 2020 surrounded by family. Jim was born on August 10, 1948 in Kenton, Ohio. He was the oldest child of James D. Salyer Sr. and Marjorie Mae Kindle Salyer. Jim grew up in Dola, Ohio where he was the quarterback for his high school football team, the Hardin Northern Bears.  During his sophomore year he led them to an undefeated season. He then went on to graduate from St. Leo University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Jim served 20 years in the United States Army from 1968 - 1988. During this time, he served in Germany, Korea, and the United States, as well as three tours in Vietnam as a highly decorated helicopter pilot and war hero. He also became the first instructor pilot at Hunter Army Airfield, a military base in Savannah. Jim retired from the US Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 4, the highest-ranking warrant officer rank during that time. 

After retiring from the military, Jim went on to become a landscape contractor, real estate broker and general contractor. Jim was a member of the Freemasons, Savannah Shriners, and the Savannah Browns Backers Club. He enjoyed boating, fishing, golfing, creating beautiful structures by building, gardening, and most of all, he enjoyed football. In fact, he always called his mother before each Ohio State University game to remind her to watch.  For all who knew and loved Jim, they knew he was generous to a fault and cared so much about his friends and family. 

Jim is survived by his wife, Joy Veasey Salyer of 15 years; daughters, Wende Sue Salyer Feathers and Tracy Lynn Salyer Sweat (Doug); grandchildren, Madison Sloan Feathers, Bradley Evan Salyer, and Timothy Dale Feathers; step grandchildren, Michael, Tyler, Stephanie, Dori, and Jake, all of Savannah; mother, Marjorie Mae Kindle Salyer of Dola, Ohio; brother, Dave Salyer (Teri) of Ada, Ohio; sisters, Joyce Salyer Pees (Denny) of Dunkirk, Ohio, and Marsha Salyer Flinn (Brian) of Kenton, Ohio; mother-in-law, Jeanette Veasey; and sister-in-law, Judy Layden (David) of Savannah. Jim also had two yorkies and a cat, whom he loved dearly, Prada, Gucci, and Sassy. Jim was preceded in death by his father, James D. Salyer, Sr. and his brother, Gary Lee Salyer. 

To celebrate Jim’s life, a memorial service will be held at the Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel on Wednesday, February 26 at 3:30pm. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Jim has requested we reach out to the Cleveland Browns to be his pallbearers, so they can let him down one last time.

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Keeping you all in our hearts & prayers. Eternal rest grant to Jim, O Lord; and may perpetual light shine upon him. Grant him and all who loved and knew him... peace.

- Kelly and Alex Hunt, Savannah, Georgia


Joy, you and your family are in our prayers in your time of grief.

- Stephen and Stella Hefner, Savannah, Georgia


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We wish we could be there. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. We love you so much and we will miss Uncle Jim so much. He always knew how to make everyone laugh and smile. His spirit was infectious.

- The Joshua Pees Family, White Lake , Michigan


Boots, Joyce, Dave and Marsha and all the Salyer family. My prayers and sympathy to all of you.

- Wanda Linke Gerlach , Kenton , OH


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He will be greatly missed. Sorry I can't be there, but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Danielle Sheldon, Dunkirk, OH


To all the Salyer family, especially Granny Boots and Marsha, Erica Shultz. I am so sorry for your loss. You have my sympathy and prayers.

- jann hill, Tiffin, OH


We wish to send our heart felt thanks to Jim and family for his service in our military. Sorry for your loss, but his pain and suffering is over now. Thinking of you.

- DANIEL BASH, Dola, OH


My deepest condolences to all of you. May the memories be many.

- Steve Ingram, Milford Center, Ohio


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When I received the call from Lynn telling me about Jim's passing I was so very sad. We enjoyed many great laughs with him and Joy at our last class reunion. Sending love and prayers to all of you - he will be missed. My thanks goes out to Jim for his Miilitary Service. Rebecca

- Rebecca Frederick, Columbus, Ohio


From the first time I met Jim and Joy at Tommy’s house several years ago, he was unfailingly kind, generous and always the consummate host. He was also a complete smartass who was always cracking a joke or telling an outrageous story. He never made anyone feel unwelcome and helped anyone he could. Like so many others, I only wish I had had the opportunity to get to know him sooner. Jim was a good one. He is missed.

- Merlisa Harrod, Savannah , Georgia


From the first time I met Jim and Joy at Tommy’s house several years ago, he was unfailingly kind, generous and always the consummate host. He was also a complete smartass who was always cracking a joke or telling an outrageous story. He never made anyone feel unwelcome and helped anyone he could. Like so many others, I only wish I had had the opportunity to get to know him sooner. Jim was a good one. He is missed.

- Merlisa Harrod, Savannah , Georgia


Joy, Wende, and Tracy... I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was always such a sweet and kind guy and I always loved spending time with him watching a game. I hadn't seen him since the last time I came out and watched a Browns game with y'all years ago. I'm really sorry I won't get another chance to do it again. Prayers for all of you...

- Joe Buttimer, Savannah, Georgia


Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900