Hiram, 50, passed away peacefully at his home in Lawrence, July 4, 2014 after a 5 year battle with ALS. Hiram was born July 31, 1963 in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High in 1981. He received an Associate of Arts degree in 1983 from Haskell Indian Nations University. Hiram was a proud member of the Northern Paiute Tribe of Nevada. Hiram married his junior high sweetheart, Missy, October 17, 1981. They spent almost 37 years together, and had 4 beautiful children.
Hiram was a successful business owner, and with Missy by his side, ran FormGraphics, Inc, a local printing company, for over 23 years.
He was an avid bicyclist, and was a member of several teams and clubs throughout his cycling career, including Sunflower/LBC, Free State Racing and Lawrence Mountain Bike Club. He competed in road race events as a Category 3 or Masters and as an Expert when competing in mountain bike, regularly winning or placing in regional races. He was a fixture at the weekly group rides, formidable at pushing the pace, yet one of the most likeable and helpful guys in the peloton. The loss of his huge presence in the tight knit bicycling community will be deeply felt by all.
Hiram was also a vintage auto enthusiast, developing his love of cars early in life while spending time with his father, Ira, at the Haskell Junior College auto shop, where Ira was an instructor.
Hiram leaves behind his wife of over 32 years, Missy, 4 children, Lauren Salvini, Brandon Salvini, Maggie Salvini and Emma Salvini, parents, Ira Salvini and Barbara Salvini, sister Tonia Salvini, all of Lawrence, brother Ira Salvini II (wife, Lynn) of Desoto, KS, and a half-sister Ann Lamy, Lakeland, FL. mother in law, Judith Crossfield, father in law, Art Sommer (wife Verma), brother in law, Kevin Sommer, sister in law, Laurie Sommer, all of Lawrence, and nieces, nephew and cousins.
Hiram’s best days were those spent with his kids, riding bikes, swimming, playing games, (where he usually cheated!) shopping, and just being an all-around amazing dad.
A celebration of Hiram’s life will be held Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Union Pacific Depot, 402 N 2nd St, Lawrence, from 6pm – 9pm.
Memorial donations may be made in Hiram’s name to The Keith Worthington Chapter of ALS, 6950 Squibb Road, Ste. 210, Mission, KS 66202.
“I give you this one thought to keep – I am with you still – I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glint on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not think of me as gone – I am with you still – in each new dawn.”