Jack Ardele Salzer

Jack Ardele Salzer

Jack Ardele Salzer, 66, of Jacksonville, FL passed away at home February 13, 2019.

He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School where his love of singing led him to become a member of the chorus. He also sang for many years in the choir at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Jack served his country as a member of the Naval Air Reserve. He was a 45 year civilian employee of the US Army Corps of Engineers where he recently received the Commanders Award for Civilian Service. Christmas was one of Jack’s favorite times of the year because he loved playing Santa Claus. A tradition he started over 30 years ago. Jack never knew a stranger, leaving everyone he met with a smile and  always volunteering to help whenever he was needed. He was a devoted husband and father and loyal friend.  He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Jack was preceded in death by his father Grover Wechsler Salzer, his mother Freddie Salzer Ryon and his brother Alfred Marsh Salzer. He is survived by his wife Cathy Love Salzer, his daughters Amy Salzer Tari and Stephanie Allison Salzer,  grandchildren Ava Jasmine Tari and Andrew Taylan Tari, nephews Paul Salzer, John Salzer and Grover Salzer III, niece Gail Salzer Breeding and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 225 East Duval Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Funeral service will be 11 AM Tuesday February 19, 2019 at First United Methodist Church 225 E Duval St, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. A visitation will be held in First United Methodist Church one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with Evergreen Funeral Home & Crematory (904) 353-3649.


  • Donna Casey Posted February 19, 2019 8:38 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Jim Vecchitto Posted February 19, 2019 8:49 am

    I’ve known and worked with Jack for over 31 years and have never know a more a kind and honorable man..

  • Victor Wilhelm Jr Posted February 19, 2019 12:12 pm

    Captain Jack will be greatly missed at the USACE family. He was always warm and generous colleague that always brought a smile to our hearts. Godspeed to you my friend.

  • Russ Rote Posted February 19, 2019 8:37 pm

    So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was one of the reasons the Jacksonville District felt like family. Jack was also a fearless pitcher in my era with Federal Fun League softball. My sincerest condolences to Jack’s family.

  • David Robertson Posted February 21, 2019 12:08 pm

    I remember Jack from church and played lots of basketball with him when he was a teenager. I was just thinking about him a couple of weeks ago.

  • Matt Miller (Corps of Engineers) Posted February 21, 2019 1:24 pm

    Jack is the most colorful person that I have ever met. He will truly be missed.

  • Andrea Porterfield Pantalone Posted February 22, 2019 5:10 pm

    Dear Kathy and family,

    I was so saddened to hear of your loss. Jack was such a great guy and willing to help any one in need. He meant so much to our family. He was supportive after David passed away. He help Mom in so many ways. He will be greatly missed. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayer through your journey,

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