Robert L Salley

December 10, 1971 - November 21, 2020

Robert L Salley



Robert L. Salley, the most amazing husband, father and son passed away with his loving family by his side, Saturday evening, November 21, 2020 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.  Rob was born December 10, 1971 in Belvidere, IL the son of Brad A. and Judy K. (Walley) Salley at Highland Hospital.  Rob was raised in Belvidere and graduated from Belvidere High School with the class of 1990.  He continued his education at DePaul university graduating from Northern Illinois University, earning his master’s degree with National Lewis University.  Rob began his teaching career at Washington Elementary and was currently teaching third grade at Perry Elementary.  Rob was a coach at heart.  He truly loved coaching. He coached soccer for the Rockford Raptors, Hockey for the Junior Ice Hogs and Belvidere Park River Otters, and other sports with the Belvidere Park District.  He enjoyed coaching track and cross country at Belvidere South Middle School, Boys Track and Cross Country at Belvidere High School and was looking forward to being the new head coach of the Freshman Boys Basketball Team at Belvidere High School.  When Rob was not coaching, he could be found taking Ian to a hockey game, as the two of them are huge hockey fans, fishing when time allowed, entertaining his friends at the “Wrassel” every Friday night, or hosting a team dinner.  These dinners and gatherings allowed Rob to truly  mentor other coaches and become a father figure to many kids.  Rob was a gifted cook, gardener, and brew-master.  In his spare time, Rob like to work construction at Salley Building Company.

Rob is loved and will be missed by his wife, Amber; children, Emma and Ian; parents, Brad and Judy; sister, Rhonda (Cory) Osterberg; nieces and nephews, Ryan, Brandon, Lindsay and Anna; mother in-law, Deb Pankhurst; sister in-law, Angie Davenport; aunts, uncles and cousins.  Rob is preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his father in-law, Art Pankhurst.

The walk-through visitation for Rob will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) of the Belvidere High School, 1500 East Avenue, Belvidere, IL 61008.  Please enter from the parking lot doors.  In accordance with Illinois State Mandate regarding Covid-19, Ten guest will be allowed in the building at a time; Facemask and Social Distancing will be observed,

Rob’s funeral service will be private and can be viewed livestream at 11:00 AM Monday, November 30, 2020 with Rev. Adam Reardon, pastor of Redemption Church, officiating.  Burial at Highland Garden Memories.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in care of Rob’s family for a Scholarship in Rob’s name.  Arrangements by Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL  To share a memory, please visit www.AndersonFCS.Com

Service Schedule

Sunday, November 29, 2020
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The walk-through visitation for Rob will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) of the Belvidere High School, 1500 East Avenue, Belvidere, IL 61008.  Please enter from the parking lot doors.  In accordance with Illinois State Mandate regarding Covid-19, Ten guest will be allowed in the building at a time; Facemask and Social Distancing will be observed.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Rob’s funeral service will be private and can be viewed livestream at 11:00 AM Monday, November 30, 2020 with Rev. Adam Reardon, pastor of Redemption Church, officiating.


Burial at Highland Garden Memories.

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Our hearts are heavy after hearing of your passing. You had such a big impact on my grand children at Perry School. You and Kellie Onley and your rival between the Packers and her Bears was so cute. She would wear anything that was Blue and Orange every chance she had to rub mess with you. You sold our oldest grand daughter her first car. I have you on so many videos of award days with the kids. Kelsey is heart broken , as Brianna,Kellie and Travis. We didn’t tell Kellie until after the last conference invite in Wauconda tonight. The Belvidere Bucs JV team was on fire the past 4 days at this invitational . I could never have asked for a better influencer then you . All the kids have the most respect for you then any other teacher they ever had. Rest in Peace Rob aka Mr..Salley you will be missed by many and remembered for many years to come.
From a greatful grandma to a wonderful teacher and human being .
Lori ,The Onley kids family grand mother.

Lori Keegan 2021-11-23T01:16:44

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

The Dan Scarpetta Family 2020-12-03T18:15:59

Proverbs 3:5-6

Godspeed …

Ruben Hernandez 2020-11-30T11:54:48

We give our deepest sympathy to all the Salley family!

Hausen Family 2020-11-30T11:48:40

Our hearts go out to the Salley family during this difficult time. Thank you so much for sharing Rob with our District 100 family for all of these years.

Dan Woestman 2020-11-30T09:21:06

Sending heartfelt condolences to the Salley family. I had the honor and privilege of admiring Rob in some of his many roles as student, teacher, and parent. We worked at both Washington and Perry Schools for many years. His sense of humor created a positive atmosphere and many smiles. Rob Salley taught us that one person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.

Terrie and Grant Colehour 2020-11-29T16:02:13

Dear Salley family,
I was so saddened to hear of Rob’s passing. We played basketball through our youth at the Y all the way to varsity at BHS but I really got a real taste of his personality one summer when we played basketball and drove with each other to Rockford to play. I always knew him to be funny. That summer, I knew him to be a great person. I was so happy to see him give himself to BHS and his family. My sincere condolences on a monumental loss to Belvidere and all that knew and loved him.

Joel Huffman 2020-11-29T00:07:22

It was a privilege and an honor to work with such a dedicated educator in the Belvidere community. Rob was a passionate teacher and coach who was always looking for ways to make his students and players successful in their individual lives. He had a huge impact on the community and his death will be very difficult to recover from. Rob loved his family time and enjoyed it greatly. My heart goes out to his family during this unfortunate time.

Frank Mandera 2020-11-28T08:47:06

We were truly heartbroken and saddened when we heard the news of Rob’s passing. It is so devastating to lose such a fine person. We both worked closely with Rob at Washington School over many years. Rob was known as a fantastic teacher and strong advocate for his students. He elevated the entire school with his presence making it a better place for children as well as positively impacting fellow colleagues each and every day. Rob’s sense of humor was infectious and his loyalty to his friends was without compromise. Dear Amber, Emma and Ian, please know Rob was a great man who loved you dearly and was admired and loved by those who knew him. He made the world a better place and will be forever missed. Jack and Linda Neil

Jack and Linda Neil 2020-11-26T17:18:03

Brad & Judy,
May God lead you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Jeff & Kathy Carr

Jeff Carr 2020-11-26T11:34:25

Brad & Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. The Good Lord will guide you and be by your side.
Jeff & Kathy Carr

Jeff Carr 2020-11-26T11:31:56

Brad and Judy, Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Dave and Karen Englund 2020-11-26T08:04:10

Brad, Judy, Rhonda, and Cory,
Garret and I were so saddened by the news of Rob’s passing. We only have fond memories of watching Rob plays sports even as a little boy. My sympathy to you all.

Cindy Connor Wheeler 2020-11-25T21:46:41

Salley family, Brad and Judy. Velma and I extend our sorrow to all,

Frank & Velma Crawford 2020-11-25T17:34:05

Salley family. The good Lord must of needed another coach to work with His children. Jan and I will offer prayers and ask the Lord to watch over Rob’s family and Brad and Judy.

Chuck and Jan Christophersen 2020-11-25T17:21:56

Brad , Judy and family we are deeply saddened to hear of Robs passing . There are no words of comfort that can heal your hearts right now . Know that we are praying for you all and hoping that memories will someday bring you peace . Blessings to all of you as you navigate this most difficult life journey . Sincerely Rich and Roxanne

Rich and Roxanne Marshallsay 2020-11-25T15:23:51

I was so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. I will always remember Rob from teaching at Washington. He always had a smile and truly cared about his students. My thoughts and prayers will be you during this most difficult time.

Pamela Weir 2020-11-25T08:52:27

From all of my family (Hess) to yours we send our condolences and prayers and love! He will be missed!

Ann Marie Dempsey 2020-11-25T06:03:43

My son Sean had him as a coach when he played soccer for the raptors and after Rob stopped coaching, Sean stopped playing because he didn’t want to play for another coach cause coach Salley was his favorite. May he rip and know that he made a big impact on my son’s life. He was a great coach and may is family find some peace.

Esmeralda Queen 2020-11-24T20:41:47

My son Sean was coached by Rob when he played for the raptors. After he stopped coaching Sean stopped playing because he didn’t want to play under another coach because Mr. Salley was his favorite coach. He was a great guy and so good with the kids. May he rip and may his family find some peace.

Esmeralda Queen 2020-11-24T20:35:50

Rob was an amazing guy. I learned a lot from him and the staff at Washington. He was also an amazing teacher to my daughter. He went above and beyond to ensure her success in her education. I am forever grateful for his dedication to his students and to my daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, coworkers and especially his beloved students. He will be greatly missed.

Jana Loofboro 2020-11-24T20:17:05

God Bless him and his family always. Life sometimes isn’t fair. I am a OSF Mission Partner and a 1982 graduate of Belvidere High. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Brenda Kerchner-Witte 2020-11-24T18:48:16

To the Salley Family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy and helped me out so much in 1. running and 2. becoming a better person. He will always have a special place in my heart and will always be missed.

Max Kint 2020-11-24T18:43:55

Brad & Judy and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers, we are so very very sorry.

Dan & Connie Shiroda 2020-11-24T17:49:48

My heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends, students and colleagues. Rob was once my student at Washington School, and then years later as a colleague. I’m going to remember his ready smile and his natural ability to reach the students in his classroom.

Kathy Prindiville 2020-11-24T15:59:25

Rob I never had the pleasure of knowing you, but I know you were someone that was beloved by many and touched many people including my niece and nephew who you coached. I offer your family many blessings and prayers as you made the journey to the place Jesus prepared.

Michael Mickey 2020-11-24T14:17:44


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