2011-05-14 / Obituaries

John D. Slater

A funeral service for John D. Slater, age 78, of Hebron, was held May 11, 2011, at the Hebron Christian Church, with Rev. John Romig and Rev. Larry Miracle officiating. Burial followed in Kirkersville Cemetery where military honors were provided by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.

Mr. Slater passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Tuscany Gardens in Pataskala. He was born February 2, 1933, in Hebron, to the late Charles Worthington and Ethel Julia (Sharer) Slater.

Mr. Slater graduated from Hebron High School in 1950. Prior to entering the United States Army, he attended The Ohio State University where he studied agriculture. He served his country during the Korean Conflict in Japan where he was a radio operator.

After returning from Japan, he came back to Hebron to farm with his father as a third generation farmer on land which the family still farms today. John was known for his fervor of the agricultural way of life, raising livestock, planting crops, harvesting and agricultural hauling. He was also a trackhoe and bulldozer operator.

Mr. Slater was always concerned about the Hebron community and was active in various capacities and volunteering over the years. He participated in the Land of Legend Barbershop Chorus, Barbershop Quartets, and was also a past member of the Licking County Farm Bureau. A passion in John’s life, other than farming, was the Hebron Christian Church. He served the church faithfully in many roles including Church Board Chairman, Deacon, Elder, Sunday School teacher and choir member.

John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anne (Darling) Slater, whom he married April 24, 1954; four children, Nancy (Bryan) Dunkel of Circleville, Martha (Dave) Cable, John (Penny) Slater and Mark (Jessica) Slater, all of Hebron; eight grandchildren, David, Aaron, Drew, Christian, Dean, Daphne, Samuel and Abigail; a sister, Mary Alice Dernberger; a brother, Robert W. Slater; a sister-in-law, Mary Sue Slater; a brother-in-law, Thomas A. Darling; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Slater; a brother, Charles (Wanda) Slater; a brother-in-law, Ralph Dernberger; and a sister-inlaw, Sally Darling.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hebron Christian Church, P.O. Box 736, Hebron, OH 43025.

Please visit www.hendersonvanatta.com <http://www.hendersonvanatta.com/> to view a memorial and to leave a message of condolence for the Slater family.

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