James E. Salley Jr., retired head of plant operations at Keswick Multi-Care Center, died Sunday at a hospital in Gettysburg, Pa., of complications after colon surgery.
The longtime Taneytown resident was 73.
Mr. Salley was born in Baltimore and raised on his father's Taneytown farm.
He attended Carroll County public schools until leaving to help support his family.
He served in the Navy as a radio operator from 1952 to 1955 aboard the aircraft carriers USS Leyte and the USS Coral Sea, and was an active member of the USS Leyte (CZ32) Association.
An electrician, he had worked for Crown Electric Co. and for 25 years was director of plant operations at Keswick, a Roland Park nursing home. He retired in 2002.
He was a member and former chief of the Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company, and was a life member of the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association and Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association.
A Mason, Mr. Salley was a member of the Boumi Temple, Scottish Rite and Blue Lodge.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Skiles Funeral Home, 136 Baltimore St., Taneytown.
Surviving are his wife of 23 years, the former Jesse Nolley; two sons, James V. Salley and Greg A. Salley, both of Frederick; a daughter, Shelby L. Drawbaugh of Orrtanna, Pa.; three stepdaughters, Deborah Gardner of Scotia, N.Y., Lisa Handy of Lutherville and Becky Levy of Parkton; two sisters, Deanna Hughes of Westminster and Dorothy Anderson of Dayton, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Edith M. Crum ended in divorce.