Frank Joseph ‘Sonny’ Salmi

ROCK – Frank Joseph “Sonny” Salmi, 73, of Rock, passed away Friday afternoon, July 4, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital.

Frank was born July 15, 1940, in Escanaba, the son of Frank Victor and Nellie (Trombly) Salmi. He was raised in Rock and was a graduate of Rock High School. Frank went on to enlist in the United States Navy where he served for three years before returning home. On Aug. 25, 1962, Frank was united in marriage to the former Lorraine Seronko and together the couple made their home and raised their family in Rock. Frank was employed at Harnischfeger Corporation, Lakeshore Industry in Marquette, and Mid Peninsula Schools as a bus driver, before accepting a position with the U.S. Postal Service, working as a rural route carrier until his retirement. Frank was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Perkins and past president and member of the Rock American Legion Post #559. He will be deeply missed.

In addition to his loving wife, Lorraine, Frank is survived by: son, Kevin (Sherri) Salmi of Rock; daughter, Carrie Salmi of Rock; and grandchildren, LeAnn, Brittany and Patty Jo Salmi.

Also surviving are many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Victor and Nellie Salmi; infant siblings, Anna Mae and Owen; and sister, Mary Wilcox.

Frank’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military rites, conducted by the Rock American Legion Post #559 will follow visiting hours at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial services will follow at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Perkins, with Rev. Fr. Jacek Wtyklo officiating. Luncheon will follow mass in the St. Joseph Parish Hall. Frank will be laid to rest in the Rock Cemetery. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Salmi family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered online at