SLUSHER, STANLEY L., 81, of Louisville, died Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Baptist Health Louisville.
A native of Macomb, IL, he was the son of the late Ellis L. and Wilma Carlile Slusher. He attended Western Illinois State College in Macomb and was graduated in journalism from the University of Illinois in 1953. That same year he married Joyce Ann Reynolds, of Champaign, IL, who survives, and started work as an editor and reporter for the Urbana, IL, Courier newspaper. He also served in the Naval Reserve during the Korean War.
Slusher was the news editor of the Urbana Courier when he moved the family to Louisville where he went to work for The Courier-Journal. During his 29 years with the Louisville newspaper, he served at various times as a copy editor, night city editor, assistant managing editor of News and Sports, acting managing editor and regional editor. He was the news ombudsman when he retired in 1996.
As an assistant managing editor, he was the architect of the special Kentucky Derby editions that the newspaper now produces regularly and was a supervising editor for several investigative projects that led to major industry prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize. He also was the supervising editor of the Elvis Presley memorial magazine that was distributed by major newspapers throughout the country.
In retirement, he sponsored the Westport Middle School student newspaper, officiated as scorekeeper for that school's basketball games, and coached pitchers on the baseball team. At the same time, he volunteered as newsletter editor for the Jefferson County Public Schools leadership and Technology programs. He enjoyed all sports, but his passion was baseball. He traveled extensively to watch the high school and college baseball career of a grandson, and he worked as a scorekeeper for the Dixie Stars of Lexington.
He was enamored with computers, an interest that started with their introduction in the newspaper production process, He was a painstaking researcher. He managed his own investments, never fully trusting professional advisers, and he served as the family genealogist. He loved music and playing the piano. He was a movie and television buff, and a patron of the Broadway musical scene. He followed politics closely and described himself as a fiscal conservative and social liberal.
In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by four children, John and James Slusher and Nancy and Kim Wilson; two brothers, Kendall and Roger Slusher; five grandchildren, Matthew, Katy, Benjamin and Abby Wilson and Laurann Slusher; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 1 p. m. Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville with burial to follow in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial gifts in the form of contributions may be made to WHAS Crusade for Children, American Heart or
Published in The Courier-Journal from June 25 to June 27, 2013