DEWALD O. SLATER, 88, of Fort Wayne, died Sunday, October 24, 2004, at his residence. Born February 15, 1916, in Roanoke, he was the son of Burdell and Hazel (Hoopengarner) Slater. A World War II veteran, he was married to Lucille Lee Carpenter May 26, 1943. Dewald was a lifelong employee of General Electric and retired from the company at age 65. Over many years he faithfully contributed blood to the American Red Cross. He loved gardening (no one could grow a better tomato) and reading. Other interests were photography, baking and golfing. “Dewald was a devoted husband to Lucille and a loving stepfather to his daughter Karen.” Dewald was a lifelong member of Waynedale United Methodist Church and was a member of American Legion Post 241.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Lucille Slater of Fort Wayne; daughter, Karen (Don) Bjork of Vicksburg, Michigan; brothers, John (Pauline) Slater of Morgantown, James (Pat) Slater, Joseph (Phyllis) Slater, all of Fort Wayne; sisters, Nancy (Earl) Bordner and Mary (Mike) Pranger, all of Fort Wayne; sister-in-law, Anna Laura Slater; grandchildren, Marsha (Norm) Berry, Cheryl (Rick) Blastick, Daniel Lowe and Julie Lowe; great-grandchildren, Jason Berry, Gabriel Berry, Andrew Blastick, Joshua Lowe, Jordan Lowe, Rosemary Lowe, Annajane Lowe, Luke Foster, Daniel Foster; and one great-great-grandchild, Ava Berry.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Denver, Dayton and Robert Slater.

Memorial Service is 11 a.m. Saturday, November 13, 2004, at Waynedale United Methodist Church, 2501 Church Street, with visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Arrangements by Elzey Patterson Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road. Burial at Covington Memorial Gardens.

Memorials to American Red Cross, Waynedale United Methodist Church or Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.

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