Augustine L. “Gus” DeSalvo
Augustine L. Gus DeSalvo, age 90, of Shelby, died peacefully, at his home, Saturday,
February 2, 2008, surrounded by his family, following a month long illness.
Gus, the oldest of 19 children, was born November 1, 1917 in Center Ridge, Arkansas. He had been a Shelby resident since 1943. Mr. DeSalvo retired from The Ohio Steel Tube Company in Shelby in 1980 after 36 years of service. He was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Shelby Knights of Columbus Council #1968, and Fraternal Order of Eagles. Gus was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and was a friend to many. He was happiest when he was with his family or visiting with friends. Gus will be remembered fondly by his family and friends for the loving, kind, gentle, Christian way he lived his life.
Gus is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Anne M. Lanni DeSalvo, whom he wed on October 17, 1940; 3 daughters and spouses, Helen and Bill Damron of Wooster, Bette and Frank Damron of Shelby, Sandra DeSalvo of Corrales, NM; 6 grandchildren, Dawn (John) Yates, Deanie (Todd) Kehres, Joelle (Craig) Reese, Jill (Chris) Solis, Anna Kongs, and Christa Kongs; 10 great grandchildren; 11 sisters, Sr. Marie Rose DeSalvo, OSB of Fort Smith, AR, Clara Granger of Edmund, OK, Virginia Lambert of Carmichael, CA, Patricia Hart and Beatrice Miller both of Center Ridge, AR, Margaret Hart of Springfield, AR, Christine Koch, Delores Hartman, and Angela Malik all of Morrilton, AR, Emma Petty of Shelby, Antoinette Hall of Greenbrier, AR; 4 brothers, Mike DeSalvo of Dallas, TX, Tom DeSalvo and Tony J. DeSalvo both of Center Ridge, AR, Brother Tobias DeSalvo, OSB, of Subiaco, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tony Luke and Josephine Rossi DeSalvo, his step mother, Frances DeSalvo, an infant son, Daniel Louis in 1945, a grandson, Luke Damron, and 3 brothers, Fr. Raphael DeSalvo, OSB, Abraham DeSalvo and Henry DeSalvo.
Friends may call on Thursday, February 7, 2008, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where the rosary will be recited at 8 PM. A Celebration of Gus’s Life will be held with a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, February 8, 2008 at 10:30 AM at Most Pure Heart Of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby with his nephew, Father Thomas Hart of The Church of St. John the Baptist and St. Mary’s of the Springs Church in Arkansas, officiating. Father Nick Cunningham will con-celebrate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to Most Pure Heart Of Mary Catholic Church. The family would appreciate on-line condolences at penwellturner.com