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Dr. Charles N. Salesman M.D.

Posted on September 7, 2021

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Charles Nicholas Salesman M.D., last surviving member of the original active Crawford Memorial Hospital Medical staff died on Sept. 5, 2021 after an extended illness.   
He was born in Lawrence County, on Nov. 28, 1935 to Charles Freeman Salesman and Effie Crozier Salesman.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Charles Mike Salesman, brothers Clarence, Lawrence, Ralph, Carl and a still born brother; Sisters Freda Finn and Mildred Judy and ex-wife Donna Martin Salesman Fouts Faith.  
He is survived by his wife Sharon Smothers Musgrave Salesman; sons Mark Allen Salesman (Amey) , Steven Lawrence Salesman (Angie); step-daughters Rhonda Musgrave (Janetta) and Robin Ralston (Rick); grandchildren Charles Louis Salesman (Lyndsey), Rachael Marie Carnahan (Dirk), Steven A. Salesman, Phillip Salesman, Zachary Salesman (Eric), Ronnie Salesman (Abby), Mackenzie Linz (Brian), Lyndsy Zelenc (Matt); sister Dorothy Selby, sister-in-law Nancy Salesman; step-grandchildren Adrienne Blackwell (Ray), Trey Ralston (Ashley), Mitchell Ralston (Britan), Audrey Gonzalez (Mike), Garrett Wartsbaugh (Faith) and Shane Kurpiel (Cassy); six great-grandchildren, 12 step-great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
After completing his elementary education in Lawrence County Schools, he attended Vincennes University and the University of Illinois at Urbana before transferring to the University of Illinois-Chicago where he earned his M.D. in 1960. His post-doctoral work was completed at Washington University Service, Max Starkloff Memorial Hospital in St. Louis. He entered primary care practice in late 1961 and was one of the earliest staff members admitted to practice in the new Crawford Memorial Hospital.
He loved the practice of medicine but often lamented the time he was kept away from his family. In an attempt to fill this void, he made sure the family took a month long vacation each summer as long as the boys were home. These trips included Disney Land, Rodeos in Calgary Canada and Cheyenne, Wyoming, a float trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and a dude ranch in Estes Park in Colorado.  He and the boys also participated in opening day of the pheasant and quail season for years, followed by a Thanksgiving feast with family and friends.
Early in his 54 year career he developed a great interest in employee health and safety, which lead to a significantly increased work load when he added occupational medicine to his already large family practice.  During his career he delivered over 3,000 babies, but still found time to finish his studies to earn a certificate as a Diplomat of the America Academy of Family Practice and later earned the title “Fellow” of the College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Following a major auto accident in 1970, which occurred while he was making house calls in Clark County, he joined a group in Paris.  This gave him the time to pursue other interests which included teaching medical students at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine/ Illinois Farm Bureau Medical Students Loan Fund Committee, whose sole mission was to help deserving medical students finish their education and return to an Illinois community in need of a physician. 
In 1972, he, Donna, Don and Shari Weber and another hunter went on a African Safari where he was able to collect 12 large trophies, six of which qualified for the Boon and Crockett world record top 10 list.
He was a life time member of the American Medical Association and Illinois State Medical Society, where he served 10 years as a delegate to ISMS as well as serving on many ISMS committees as a member or chairman. He was also a lifetime American Academy of Family Physicians member, a 35 year member of the American Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and served on many hospital committees until he left to accept full time corporate positions. He had the honor of being president of one of the largest ISMS component medical societies (Madison County) as well as one of the smallest ISMS component medical societies (Crawford County). He was a member of the White Oak Church, a lifetime member of the Elks, a 32nd degree Shriner and a honorary lifetime member of Quail Creek Country Club.
While he was working in Paris, Mobil Oil Corporation recruited him to the position of Clinical Assistant Medical Director of their largest Texas refinery. Three years later, rather than accept a transfer to Indonesia, he returned to Robinson, where he continued to serve a large family practice, as well as providing occupational health services to local industry. In 1989, when health issues dictated a need for reduced stress, more regular hours and reduced work load, he returned to a full time corporate position; first with National Steel (now US Steel) and later with Shell Oil, where he retired in late 1999. Following retirement, he and Sharon maintained a winter residence in Naples, Fla., but continued to offer consulting and clinical medical services to Fortune 500 Companies for short summer assignments and filling open schedules for Wabash Valley Occupational Health and Acute Medical Care Clinic. Ongoing health issues forced him to completely retire in October 2015, finally.
As altruism was Dr. Salesman’s life so also will his legacy be for future generations as he made the greatest donation any human being could make, he donated his body to science for medical study.
Celebration of Charles’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 11, at the First United Methodist Church in Robinson. Visitation will be from noon until service time at the church. The family requests that expressions of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to either St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals in St. Louis. Envelopes will be available at the church or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449.
The family requests that masks be worn and social distancing be observed.
Condolence and or memories may be sent to the family at www.pulliamfuenralhomes.com
Pulliam Funeral Home in Oblong, is in charge of arrangements.

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