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Paul A. Slavens, 89

Paul A. Slavens, 89, of West Lafayette, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 at IU Health Arnett. Born in Brookston, on October 8, 1922, he was the son of the late Charles and Hildur (Esping) Slavens. Paul attended Pine Township schools in Benton County for 11 years and graduated from Fowler High School in 1940. He attended Lafayette Business College for two years. Paul honorably served in the U.S. Navy from Jan. 1943 to Oct. 1945 where he was a Radar Man First Class on the USS Levy Destroyer Escort 162 in the South Pacific.

Paul married Anita M. Lund on Jan. 13, 1945 in Des Plaines, Ill. and she survives. Beginning in Nov. of 1947 he worked at the United States Post Office in Lafayette retiring as Superintendent of Mails in Jan. 1980. Following retirement, he worked for the Area Plan Commission for 10 years. He has been a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church since 1947. Paul served as Church Council Secretary for 25 years, served on the Indiana-Kentucky Synod Board, was a delegate to the National Convention for Lutheran Churches of America. He also served on the committee for Purdue Christian Ministry, and was a former early board member of the Lafayette Pastoral Council. Paul also served on the Tippecanoe County School Board from 1982 to 1990, coached Little League Pony Baseball at Battle Ground, was a member of the Battle Ground Lions Club, where he served as secretary for 15 years and was the coordinator for the "Reading Is Fundamental" program and the Eye Exams for Elementary School Children program at Battle Ground. He received the Melvin Jones Fellowship award from the Lions Club. He was a precinct worker for the Tippecanoe Township Election Board and served on the community committee as the cashier for the Fiddler's Gathering in Battle Ground. Paul was a life long New York Yankees fan and he played on the Lafayette Post 11 American Legion Baseball team.

Surviving with his wife are his five children, Elizabeth Hamilton, of Lake Forest, Ill., Karen Kurfiss, of Columbus, Ohio, Patricia Garrott (husband: Floyd), of West Lafayette, Andrew Slavens (wife: Sarah), of Columbus, Ga., and Julia "Julie" Slavens, of Indianapolis; two sisters-in-law, Joan Slavens, of Frankfort, and Marianne Slavens, of Speedway; six grandchildren, Anna Holmes (husband: Rob), John Paul Garrott (wife: Lisa), Steven "Kyle" Kurfiss (wife: Elyse), Joseph "Joe" Garrott, PFC Timothy Kurfiss, and Emma Slavens; three great-grandchildren, Loren and Logan Holmes and Jackson Garrott, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas "Tommy" Paul Slavens and six brothers, John, Roy, Steve, Densil "Shorty" "Zeke," Ralph, and Jim Slavens.

Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with funeral service following at 4 p.m. in the church with Pastor David Doane officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Vale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Foundation or Battle Ground Lions Club. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care.

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Published in the Journal & Courier on Aug. 30, 2012
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