Gregory Scott Salisbury, age 61 of Bennington, Kan., passed away unexpectedly at his home April 14, 2023.
Greg was born November 8, 1961. He met Melinda when they were 15 through their church, and they married on July 31, 1982, while attending Fort Hays together. The two made their first home in Hays before moving to Salina, Kan.
Greg graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School in 1980 and went on to get a bachelor’s degree in Biology at Fort Hays State University. In March 1981 while at Fort Hays, he joined the Kansas Army National Guard. After graduating Fort Hays in 1985, Greg worked as a game warden for the Kansas Wildlife and Parks department in Saline and Ottawa counties. In November 2021, Greg retired from the Guard as a Colonel after 40 years of service. He then retired from Wildlife and Parks in March 2022.
Greg loved teaching Hunter Education and working as the boating officer for Wildlife and Parks. He looked forward every year to the Smoky Hill River Festival and was a huge Chiefs fan. Throughout Greg’s life but especially during his year of retirement, he packed his days full of family, friends, and travel. He and Melinda traveled all over the world, but he loved being at home, taking morning walks with Melinda, working to maintain their property, and sitting outside enjoying the view and conversation with Melinda. He loved visiting and hosting his grandkids.
Greg is survived by his wife, Melinda; his parents, Larry and Kay Salisbury of Melvern, Kan.; son, Brandon (Tamara) Salisbury of Conway Springs, Kan.; daughter, Meghan (Corey) Redfern of Arma, Kan.; brother, Randy of Overland Park, Kan.; six grandchildren; and a large circle of friends.
A visitation will be Sunday, April 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ryan Mortuary, Salina, KS. Memorial services will be Monday, April 24 at 10 a.m. at Bennington Bible Church, Bennington, KS, with a graveside service at Kansas Veterans' Cemetery, Manhattan, KS at 2 p.m. that afternoon.
Those wishing to honor his memory can make a donation to benefit Hunter Education by donating to the Greg Salisbury Memorial in the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’s WildTrust donation program (https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWP-Info/Donate/WildTrust).
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