He was born March 25, 1932, in McCook to Calvin A. Saladen and Fannie Bivens Saladen. He graduated from Culbertson High School in 1949 and attended McCook Junior College where he played football and was a Little "All American" Halfback.
He served in the Korean War and was a sergeant in the Army from Nov. 13, 1952-Oct. 23, 1954. He received the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
He graduated on Feb. 6, 1965, from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture.
He retired after 35 years as a solis scientist for the Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau of Land Management in 1987.
He was a member of the Santa Maria de La Paz Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin A. and Fannie Bivens Saladen.
Survivors include his wife, Cecelia McConville Saladen; children, Tim Saladen, Dianne Romero and husband, Tim, Cindy Stohr and husband, John, Mike Saladen and wife, Jennifer, Lori Kirven and husband, Joe, and Dan Saladen; brothers- and sisters-in-law, LaMoine and Garnet McConville, Dick and Luella McConville, Robert and Kathy McConville, Alden "Skelly" and Catherine Remington, Dennis and Marilyn Malleck and Eileen Wayne; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services were March 10 at the Santa Maria de La Paz Catholic Church in Santa Fe. Interment was in the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Santa Maria de La Paz building fund.