Salvador Robert Mendez (Bob) age 88, of Knoxville, Tn was born in Oelwein, IA and died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 20, 2022. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church. He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Pat, parents; Frank and Juana Mendez; and brothers, Auggie, Joe and Vidal. Bob is survived by his loving children, Ann (John) Langerman and John (Beth) Mendez and several grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Hank. Bob was a dedicated veteran of the U.S. Navy and served his country as a civil servant for 51 years. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2022 at St James Episcopal Church 1101 N. Broadway Knoxville, Tn 37917 with inurnment to follow with full military honors provided by the Tri County Honor Guard. A reception will immediately follow in the church parish hall following the committal service. A special "thank you" to the staff of The Pointe at Lifespring for their kindness and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund www.esfknox.org/donate or your favorite charity.