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Clyde Salmi

July 19, 1944 — August 10, 2020

A public visitation for Clyde Ernest Salmi, 76, of Biwabik will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 17, 2020 at the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert.  Social distancing will be followed and masks are encouraged.  Interment will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Biwabik.

Clyde died Monday, August 10, 2020 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

He was born on July 19, 1944 to Ernest and Senja (Maki) Salmi in Duluth.  He grew up in Markham until the age of nine, when the family moved to Gilbert.  Clyde graduated from the Gilbert High School, Class of 1962 where he was a football, basketball, and baseball student athlete.  He continued his education at Eveleth Jr. College and then transferred to UMD where he received a bachelor degree in accounting.  Clyde moved to Minneapolis and was employed by IDS as an auditor.  Clyde returned to the Iron Range where he owned and operated Salmi Homes in Palo and Virginia alongside his mother.  He was united in marriage to Shirley Pauna on November 20, 1999.   Clyde purchased and ran Clayridge Assisting Living and Willow Wood Assisted Living in Eveleth until his retirement in 2015.

Clyde was an avid MN Gopher and MN Vikings fan and thoroughly enjoyed golfing.  He will be remembered as a kind, loving man.  He was a captivating storyteller and loved people.  Most importantly, Clyde had a strong faith and loved the Lord.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years: Shirley; one sister, Becky Clark of Biwabik; stepson, Eric (DeeDee) Crist of Cottage Grove and their children: Taylor Crist and Lance Nguyen; one nephew: Tom Sturgis and his children: Braeden and Samantha (Mark); and two nieces: Christa (Simon Read) Sturgis and their children: Desmond and Tyler; Sheila (Gabe) LaBarge and their children: Christian, Aiden, and Noah.

He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, John Clark; a step son, Shawn Crist; and his parents.

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Monday, August 17, 2020

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home-Gilbert

108 Broadway, Gilbert, MN 55741

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