Curtis ‘Curt’ Lee Salyers, 88, of Parsons died on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Woodridge Estates in Parsons.
Curt was born April 24, 1931, to Elizabeth and Cleeton Salyers in Parsons. In his early years, he lived with his family in Parsons, Dennis and Morehead, Kentucky. In 1948, he joined the U.S Navy.
After his service, he returned to Parsons, where he met Peggy Lee Sterling. They were married on Aug. 21, 1953, at the former First Methodist Church in Parsons and went on to raise their three boys: Lee, Rodney and Noel.
Curt worked for Jewel Tea Co., Smith Candy Co., and later the U.S. Postal Service. In 1969, along with his wife Peggy and a group of friends, he formed Silver Wheels Corp. and built the Silver Wheels Skating Rink in Parsons.
Operating the skating rink, Curt and Peggy were the cornerstone of many childhoods. Peggy managed the concessions, handing out bubble gum ices with a smile, while Curt patrolled the rink in black slacks, a white shirt and a whistle. He demanded respect — at the rink and in life – rolling confidently across the hardwood floor ready to slide to a stop and discipline an unruly patron. Curt and Peggy operated Silver Wheels for nearly 40 years until 2008, when Curt retired. Fond memories of popcorn, the “Hokey Pokey,” birthday parties and Friday nights spent at the rink will live on in the family’s hearts — Curt ever-present behind the counter.
Curt was a loving grandfather, ready to make his grandkids laugh and always ending a visit with a hug and, “You be good, now.” Curt was an avid reader of the Parsons Sun and enjoyed reading historical nonfiction. Curt and Peggy always had a dog, or a cat, or a raccoon or multiple dogs, and Curt continued with a puppy companion long into his life. Curt had an affinity for Route 66, donning a Route 66 hat for years and years. He even operated a business along the historical route in his younger years.
Survivors include two sons, Lee A. Salyers and his wife, Diane, and Noel Salyers and his wife, Kelly; five grandchildren, Ashleigh Salyers Marks and her husband, Jesse, Megan Salyers Monsour and her husband, Sleiman, Cam Salyers and his wife, Amy, Rodney Salyers and his wife, Emily, and Amanda Salyers Spencer and her husband, Lee; three stepgrandchildren, Darryel Neel and his wife, Marcie, Kara Chapman and her husband, Randall, and Dalenie and her fiancé, Sean Bogner; two sisters-in-law, Bette Whetzel and her husband, Harold “Hut,” and Sue Ann Boerding; many nieces and nephews; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his son, Rodney Lynn Salyers, who died July 14, 1984; his wife, Peggy, who died May 19, 2010; his sister, Juanita Queen; his brother, Earl Salyers; his parents; his grandparents; his great-grandparents; his great-great-grandparents; and his great-great-great-grandparents.
There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Parsons Senior Center, 1800 Belmont Ave.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Woodridge Estates activity fund or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.