Donald E. Slater (1923 - 2015)

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Donald E. Slater, 92, of Ramsey, formerly of Vandalia, passed away at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ramsey, with the Revs. Barry Harmon and Joseph Havrilka officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Ramsey, with military rites accorded by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia. Memorials: St. Joseph Catholic Church or Avenue of Flags. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mr. Slater was born on Feb. 21, 1923, in Vandalia, the son of Edward and Effie Hensley Slater. He married Margaret Holbrook on April 17, 1949, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ramsey.
He was a farmer by career, but was also a skilled painter and carpenter, and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ramsey and Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia. He is a World War II Navy veteran, serving on the USS Pope (DE-134), one of the five escort vehicles that captured German submarine U-505 in June 1944.
He is survived by his wife; son, Dennis Slater and his wife Michelle of Vandalia; daughters, Pat and her husband Gary Schroeder of Decatur, and Cheryle and her husband Mike Meyer of Brownstown; grandchildren, Shayla and her husband Jeff Parker, and Caleb Slater; great-grandson, Brocton Parker; and sister, June Deverick of Vandalia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dale, Max and Robert Slater; and sister, Sue Yenny.
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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from Feb. 24 to Mar. 4, 2015
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