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Joseph D. Slenker

  • "I miss chatting with Joe after church."
    - Sandra Podgurski
  • "Centre Hall will never be quite the same without your Dad..."
    - Barbara Abbott
  • "Dear Joe and family, I've been away and just heard about..."
    - Susan Blythe
  • "Dear Joe and Frank, Sorry to hear of your loss. I remember..."
    - Pete Fettterolf
  • "To the Slenker family, I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's..."

Joseph D. Slenker July 11, 1916 December 23, 2013 Joseph D. Slenker, 97, of Centre Hall died Monday, December 23, 2013, at his residence. He was born July 11, 1916, in Lock Haven, the son of Laura (Welshans) and Francis Slenker. Joe was preceded in death by, his wife Alice; parents; three brothers; and two sisters. Joe is survived by two sons, Joseph S. (wife Becky) and Frank T. Slenker, of Centre Hall; and a daughter, Mary E. Martin, of Arcadia, Fla. Also surviving Joe, four granddaughters, Amy Slenker-Smith, Catherine Reichley, Christina Mazgajewski and Carey Devine; and six great grandchildren, Zachary, Alexzander, Elayna, Amber, Ariah and Jacob. Joe married Alice Spyker on June 10, 1939. Joe worked for Piper Aircraft, prior to serving in WWII as a member of a flight crew in the Army Air Corps, seeing action in the Pacific Theatre. After the war, Joe and Alice moved to Centre Hall where he worked for Penn State in the Chemical Engineering Department. He retired in the 1980's. Joe also worked on the Electricians Crew at the Grange Fair for many years. He was a life time member of State College Elks Lodge #1600 running the Bingo program for 10 years, as well as a member of the American Legion Old Fort Post 779. He was an avid Penn State's sports fan and was a season ticket holder for Nittany Lion's football, and supported the Phillies. Joe was a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Centre Hall. His funeral service will be held on December 26, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 127 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Centre Hall, with the Reverend Judith Hulslander officiating. Burial will be in the Reformed and Lutheran Cemetery, W. Church St., Centre Hall. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall of the church after the funeral and graveside service. (There will be no public visitation.) In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to Home Nursing Agency Healthcare (Hospice) Administrative Office, 201 Chestnut Avenue, P.O. Box 352, Altoona, PA 16603 or Grace United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 292, Centre Hall, PA 16828. An on line guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the family at

Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 24, 2013
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