Arnold E. "Gene" Slocum, 80, of Lake Panasoffkee, went to be with his Lord on Dec. 23, 2012 at the Lane Purcell Hospice House in Sumterville with his devoted companion, Nancy Nash, by his side. Born in Susquehanna, Pa., son of Scott and Sattie Sutton Slocum, as one of ten children, and is survived by brother, George (Esther) Slocum and sister, Ella Mae (Joseph) Stone. Survivors include son, Douglas (Darlene) Slocum; daughters, Carole Slocum, and Victoria (Jack) Katchuk; grandsons, Christopher (Brooke) Slocum, Matthew (Kendra) Connolly; great-grandchildren, Ava and Blake Slocum; stepchildren, Harry (Michele) Shafer, Sandra Shafer (Grant) Jones, and April Shafer (David) Johnson. In addition he has eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews. Gene was predeceased by his wife, Marion (Shafer) Slocum; brothers, Wilbur, Scott, Harry and Walter; sisters, Edna, Ruth and Marion. He was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church and also a member of the VFW and NRA. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1949, stationed in Germany. He was employed by the Erie Railroad, General Electric and IBM. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying deer hunting, camping, fishing and gardening. He was known for his wood and metal crafts, his BBQ chicken, and for having a "hole-in-one" golfing. He was a kind and giving man with a big heart and a great laugh. He treasured his family and friends and set a loving example to be carried down through the generations. Gene was also a valued member of his community and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at Lake Panasoffkee United Methodist Church on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2012 at 2 p.m. A memorial service will also be held in New Milford, Pa. at a future date. Online condolences may be left at www.purcellfuneralhome.com. Purcell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Sumter County Times on Jan. 3, 2013