Michael John Salopek, aged 61, of KDH, N.C. passed away peacefully Oct. 26, 2023. Born in Gary, Indiana, Oct. 29, 1962 Michael was predeceased by his father, Michael Salopek. He leaves behind his soulmate of 25 years, Lynn Taylor; his daughter, Diane (Carlos); his mother, Carol Salopek; three sisters Carey, Bridget (Gary), and Rachell (Gene); his grandchildren, Adyen, Kaila, Jona, and Lilly; as well as many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Also surviving are others that he considered his own family – Shannon Smith being one, as well as many children, grandchildren and friends that he thought of as family. Michael will be missed by all.
Michael served his country bravely as a U.S. Marine, beginning in 1982. In 1986 he was honorably discharged. Michael had an associate degree in applied science in restaurant and hotel management. He later became an accomplished chef on the Outer Banks for over 30 years! He was passionate when it came to preparing his food dishes. Michael also loved playing golf, working in his yard, and spending time in his rocking chair on the porch.
The memorial service will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Kitty Hawk, N.C. on Sunday November 5, 2023 at 3 p.m. Donations or flowers in Michael’s memory may be directed to Lynn Taylor or Diane Salopek. Please share condolences with the family at gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.