First Sergeant, US Army Chief passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, seven months after the devastating loss of his wife, Carolyn, of 59 years. Chief was born Nov. 17, 1930 in Woodland, Calif. to parents Gilbert and Helen Salsedo. Chief was one of 12 children, having six brothers and five sisters, all members of the Mishewal Wappo Tribe from Alexander Valley. He attended Healdsburg Schools and played baseball for Healdsburg High. He enlisted in the US Army from 1947-1951, during The Korean War (Cold War) where he received a Silver Star, four purple hearts, and numerous other medals and Ribbons. Chief spent most of his life as an owner of an Auto Repair shop and working with Law Enforcement. In 1992, Chief and Carol moved back to Healdsburg to manage the Alexander Valley Campground for several years. He loved the outdoors, the ocean, and spending time with his wife, family, and friends. He enjoyed watching John Wayne, Lone Ranger, and Walker Texas Ranger movies, and listening to Country music. He was always available for a helping hand. He was a strong, devoted, and loving Dad, Grandfather (Poppo), and Great-grandfather. The family is devastated by the loss of Chief and Carol, who are survived by their son, Rick Salsedo, daughters, Vicki Rainwater-Joiner and Sandi McCoy, Grandsons, Michael Rainwater, Ricky Salsedo Jr., Steven Shrabel-Rainwater, Timothy Griffin, and Cody Brannon, Granddaughters, Cherri Salsedo-Tetrick, Michele Rainwater, Amanda Brannon, and 16 Great-grandchildren. A celebration of Chief's life will be held Nov. 2, 1-3 p.m. at Healdsburg Community Church, 1100 University Ave.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, 2013