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Gerald W. "Bill" Salvagno


1937 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Gerald W. "Bill" Salvagno Obituary
GERALD W. "BILL" SALVAGNO Born May 13, 1937, Bill Salvagno lived his life and raised his family in Orland, California. Son to Ernie and Velma Salvagno, Bill married his first love, Joan Filbert (Hutchins) in 1955 at age 19. Together they built the family home on Trinity Street, one timber at a time, from his hand-drawn blueprints. There, they raised their family of five children, and many dogs. What we remember most about Bill is his sense of humor and "gift of gab." He never knew a stranger, and always had a quick quip or funny remark that made you smile. Bill's interests were diverse and his talents abundant a gift he generously passed on to his children. He was a self-employed cabinetmaker by trade, operating Salvagno's Cabinet Shop in Orland for 35 years. He taught his wood skills to his eldest son, Kurtis Salvagno, who is a woodworker by trade. In later years, he passed his cabinet shop location to his daughters Terrie and Tammy, where he helped build their dream of a small business known as Salvagno's Event Designers and Florists. Once again, timber by timber, he built the two-story reconstruction of his shop warehouse on 6th Street in Orland. It's beauty is a legacy to his creative talents. Bill was a dedicated volunteer of the Orland Volunteer Fire Department, having served as chief for three terms. His commitment to public service was passed on to his son, Craig Salvagno, who is an active member of the Fire Department. He also served in the National Guard and was a volunteer of the Glenn County Search and Rescue. His youngest daughter Tammy continues to live in the family homestead on Trinity Street, where she has raised her family as she and her husband built the business known as Olivarez Honey Bees in Orland. Clint Salvagno is the youngest son and Bill spent many hours teaching Clint everything he knew, from machining to mechanics. Clint operates Party Dogs Rentals in Orland. Bill loved animals especially the dozens of Elkhounds he raised to pull his dog sled in sledding competitions. He spent his final years a resident of Forest Ranch, custom milling logs on his portable sawmill. n addition to his wife Joan and children Kurt, Terrie, Craig, Tammy and Clint, he is survived by sons- and daughters-in-law Richard Barr, Rene Salvagno, Ray Olivarez and Betty Salvagno, brother Arthur Salvagno and wife Margaret, sisters Lorraine Overton and Linda Hoffman and their husbands Patrick and Dennis, 15 grand and 9 great grandchildren. A Catholic rosary will be held on Friday, September 26th,, 7 pm at Sweet's Mortuary in Orland. Services in celebration of his life will take place at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Orland on September 27th, 1 pm, followed by burial at Graves Cemetery, and reception at the Orland Volunteer Fire Department. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Orland Volunteer Fire Department.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sept. 21, 2014
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