February 19, 1926 – October 26, 2015
Olli Salminen, age 89, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 26, 2015.
Born in Brooklyn, NY on February 19, 1926, Olli was the son of the late John Salminen and Vappu M. (Haapanen) Salminen. After graduating from Newark High School, he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from Yale University in 1948.
Olli married Virginia Haug in 1955 and built a home for his family on Iron Hill. He was a chicken farmer until 1980; he then converted the farm to a Christmas tree farm.
Olli was a longstanding member of the Glasgow Lions Club, receiving the Melvin Jones Fellow award for dedicated humanitarian services in 2009. He was also a proud member of the Delaware Valley Finnish American Society. Olli was an avid student of the stock market. He enjoyed a healthy debate.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Virginia Salminen. Olli is survived by his children, John Salminen (Dianne) of Nansha, China, Neal Salminen (Lauren) of Valhalla, NY and Laura Salminen (David Schwartz) of Phoenixville, PA; and grandchildren, Dana, Erik, Lee and Paul Salminen.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday morning, October 31, 2015, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am. A committal service will be held at 11 am on Monday, November 2, 2015 in the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Glasgow Lions Club, P.O. Box 404, Bear, DE 19701 with the following memo line: Olli Salminen/Vision Research & Eye Bank Fund.