High Springs, Florida - Richard M. Slaughter went to be with our Lord and Savior on February 12, 2013. Richard was born on February 4, 1939 to Gladys R. Dyer and John W. Slaughter in Friendship, Ohio.

Richard was a retired 1st Sergeant, U.S. Army. He served two tours of duty in South Vietnam. He also served as a Drill Sergeant for 8 years. While serving his country he was highly decorated and some of his many awards include: Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct, Vietnam Campaign, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, NCO Professional Development, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.

Richard was a life member of the VFW Gainesville, FL and was a member of the American Legion, Newberry, FL.

Richard was a Mason and Shriner and a member of both the Scottish and York Rites. He was also a member of the Sojourners. He was a Life Member and Past Master of the High Springs Masonic Lodge #137 and Past President of the Gainesville Shrine Club. Richard received the "Standing Tall Award" for his Dedicated Service to the Shriners Children Hospitals.

Richard was known as "Sarge" to his many friends and ran a small cattle ranch near High Springs, Florida.

Richard is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Rita; his two sons, Dr. Martin Slaughter of Starke, FL and Steven (Dana) Slaughter of Seattle, WA; 2 grandchildren: Jillian (Jared) Smith and Richard (Angela) Slaughter; 5 great grandchildren, Abegail & Annahlee Smith and Logan, Liberty & Zoey Slaughter all of Texas; two brothers, Ronald Slaughter of Gibsonton, FL and John Slaughter of Chiefland, FL; brother-in-law Roger Thomas (Pat) Carpenter; sisters-in-law Pauline Carpenter and Eileen E. Sapp all of Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

The viewing was held on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at the Evans-Carter Funeral Home in High Springs, FL and Services were held on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Forest Grove Baptist Church on NW 94th Street.

Interment followed immediately with full Military Honors at the Forest Meadows West Cemetery on S.R. 241. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children at: Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. Credit Card gifts can be faxed to (813) 281-7156. Or the Florida Masonic Home at The Masonic Home of Florida, 3201 1st Street NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33704.

Arrangements are under the care of Evans-Carter Funeral Home, 220 N. Main Street, High Springs, Florida 32643, 386-454-2444.

Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2013