An honorably discharged veteran, he was a corporal in the Army attached to Company “C” 160 40th Infantry Regiment. He served in Korea, where he was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and several other medals of honor. He was very active in the Disabled American Veterans Organization and founded the Beverly Chapter # 83; he was also a member of the Military Order Purple Heart Chapter 240. Salvador tirelessly advocated and educated fellow veterans about their rights and services available. He volunteered at several V.A. Hospitals and participated in many viola drives and collections. He was the State Commander of the D.A.V. and adjutant of the D.A.V. and also the Military Order of the Purple Heart from 1995 – 2011.
He married Ann E. Sedlak in 1954 and remained together 46 years until her passing in October of 2000.
He is survived by his children: Cheryl Gonzales of Fall River, Paul Gonzales of Peabody, and Linda Gonzales of Beverly; his grandchildren: Kelly Sullivan of Danvers, Scott Gonzales and Rose Gonzales both of Beverly; a great granddaughter: Faith Ann. He is further survived by his brothers: Diego Gonzales of San Antonio, Texas; Ben Gonzales of Austin, Texas, and Paul Gonzales of Montana; his sister, Lena Lopez of Houston, Texas; as well as several nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his family and will be forever remembered with love, honor and respect.
A funeral service was conducted in the Campbell-Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly on Friday, August 17th, at 10 AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours were held in the funeral home on Thursday, August 16th, from 4 to 7 PM. Services concluded with burial and military honors in North Beverly Cemetery. For information or to send a message of condolence: www.campbellfuneral.com