He was born to Charley and Nancy Phillips Saltenberger on March 9, 1924. He was one of eight children.
He attended Cabool High School in Cabool, Missouri, before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1942-46, where he became a dental lab technician. He later operated a lab in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for 15 years, specializing in fixed gold work.
In 1950 he married Betty Fisher in Tulsa. He was a Christian.
In 1962 his dream of being a farmer was fulfilled. They moved to a farm at Fairview, Missouri, and farmed for 35 years. He was a very talented person and was a perfectionist at any job he undertook. In 1994 they moved to Joplin where he lived until his death. He was very proud of where he was raised and the many friends he had there.
He is survived by his wife Betty, of the home; a sister, Velora Brook of Low Point, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.