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YATES CITY - Richard K. Slayton, 78, of Yates City passed away at 3:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Proctor Hospital.

Richard was born, the last of eight children, on July 28, 1935, in rural Knox County to William and Susie (Goold) Slayton. He married Shirley Clark on June 1, 1957, in Yates City.

Surviving is Shirley, his wife of 56 years; along with their two children, Jeff (Cathy) Slayton and Sheri (Duke) Hall; two grandsons, Brandon (Amanda) Slayton and Jake Warner; two granddaughters, Allison Hall and Lindsay Warner ; two great-grandsons, Blake Hall and Oscar Guede; one great-granddaughter, Brooke Hall; another soon-to-be great-grandbaby, due in January; and one very special "four-legged" grandbaby and best buddy, Griffin Hall.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Keith Slayton in 1993; five brothers; one sister; and sisters-in-law.

Dad grew up on the family farm, just south of Yates City, where his father farmed and his mother was a one-room school teacher. During his junior high and high school years, all five of his brothers were called to serve their country in World War II, which left Dad to help on the farm. Even with school and all the work of the farm, he found his love of that game called baseball, especially a team called the St. Louis Cardinals. Dad would hurry and get his studies and chores done, then take off to town or a country field to play ball with the "older" guys. After Dad graduated, though, his father died unexpectedly while he and Dad were on an errand at the Feed Store in Elmwood, so he could not go to college as planned.

Dad and Shirley, our mom, married, moved to the family farm and started our family. In the early years, Dad worked for the township clearing roads in the winter, hauling rock in the spring, drove a school bus route in the mornings and afternoons, helped coach the boy's summer baseball, raised polled Herefords and farmed, too. Summertime weekends were spent at Canton Lake with good friends. In the middle 1970's, he took a foundry job at Gale Products/OMC in Galesburg and drove a fuel truck for Zink Oil. After the closing of OMC, he then worked for Impact Industries in Sandwich, Ill. Dad retired from Impact and moved back to Yates City. Not wanting to sit still, he then worked part time for the water and street department in Yates City.

Dad also was a member and past president of the Y.C. Lion's Club, bowled for the Daley Insurance bowling league, volunteered on the Elba-Salem Fire Department and actually helped stand guard and move the money, with shotgun in hand, from the old Y.C. Bank building to where it's located now.

During all of Dad's 78 years of life, the love of "his" St. Louis Cardinals never wavered, or should we say, the love of baseball itself never wavered. If there was a game on the radio, you knew Dad was listening. As many of his friends and family came to know, Dad was a walking baseball trivia whiz and could rarely be tripped up. Dad instilled the love of baseball to all three of his kids. Dad played hard and worked hard, without a doubt. Now his ashes will be laid to rest in the Yates City cemetery, with family and friends, on land once owned by his family and to which was given to the city for all to use and lay in peace.

Our family would like to extend a heartfelt invitation for all of our family and friends to help us celebrate Richard Slayton's life. The celebration of life will be Saturday, Nov. 9, at Hall's Brew Room in Yates City, starting at 3 p.m. The family's only request is that you share a great story with us of our husband and father. Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com to view his tribute or post condolences.

Memorials may be made, in Richard's name, to the Elba-Salem Fire Department, Elmwood Fire Department or BYE Ambulance.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Nov. 7, 2013
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