HILLSBORO - Darrell L. “Doc” Salsbury, DVM, 83, died Monday (Oct. 14, 2019), after a short illness, at the Newton Medical Center, surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 26, 1936, in Burlington, Kan., the son of Edgar and Dorothy Hilderbrand Salsbury. As a child, the family moved to Lawrence, Kan., where he graduated from Lawrence High School in 1954. Doc moved to Alaska, S.D., for a short time where he “cowboyed” and was part of an archaeological dig. The ranch he worked on was later used for part of the filming of the movie, “Dances With Wolves.” He joined the U.S. Army in 1955 and was discharged as a sergeant in 1961.
Doc graduated with high honors from Kansas State University in 1963 with a B.S. Degree in Agriculture and in 1965 with a Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine. He began his professional career with Bradley Animal Hospital in Lawrence, but soon became the top technical expert representing various animal health manufacturing companies. Darrell would become a nationally known veterinarian with particular emphasis in sheep husbandry, having written several books on the subject and tending to his own flock. He retired in 1997.
He married his first wife, Betty Hout, in Lawrence, Kan., after which he adopted her son, Daniel. They moved to Ottawa, Kan., in 1971. She died in 2003. Doc later married his high-school sweetheart, Sandra Lee Cole Phillips, on Aug. 10, 2005, in Ottawa, Kan. They lived in Wellsville, Kan., until moving to rural Hillsboro, Kan., in 2006. Sandra died on June 17, 2018.
Survivors include his son, Daniel Salsbury, of Huntsville, Ark.; brother, David Salsbury and wife, Denise, of Wellsville, Kan.; stepson, Marvin Phillips, Jr. and Debra of Peabody, Kan.; stepdaughter, Tamara Perkins and husband, Roger, of Newton, Kan.; four step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great grandchild.
Along with his two wives, Darrell is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gerald Salsbury.
Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 22, 2019) at the Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday evening between 6 and 8.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with Caring Hands Humane Society of Newton. Contributions may be sent to the funeral home. Condolences may be left at www.broadwaycolonialfh.com.