Dec. 15, 2012
Robert L. Slocum, 83, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at his home.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 31, 1929, a son of the late Haven and Louise Johnson Slocum. Bob attended Coughlin High School and he was an Army veteran serving from 1947 to 1949. Prior to his retirement, he served as a police officer with the Wilkes-Barre Police Department from 1959 to 1980. He was later employed as a security guard at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Bob was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who enjoyed sports, working out, pets and helping others.
He was a longtime high school sports enthusiast who frequently attended games throughout the state, especially in Northeast Pennsylvania. Bob was well known for his enthusiasm for student athletes, specifically at GAR High School.
He exhibited passion, dedication and intensity towards physical fitness and nutrition. He spent many years inspiring athletes as the weightlifting coach at GAR, where he spent numerous hours himself working out.
He illustrated his thoughtfulness and concern for many students through his motivation, generosity and discipline. He was always known to put the needs of others ahead of his own and required little fanfare for his kind actions and accomplishments.
No matter the role - cop, father, husband, grandfather or friend -- Bob demonstrated selflessness and humility when he went out of his way to help others. He was a great friend to GAR, its teams and the community and will be greatly missed.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Jean Meeker Slocum, in 2011. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Koke and James Slocum.
Surviving are daughter, Debbie Radulski, and her husband, Hank, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Dana Daugherty and her husband, Harry, Laflin; Scott and Ashlie Radulski, Wilkes-Barre; great-grandson, Tyler Daugherty; nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service for Bob and his late wife, Jean, will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with Msgr. Joseph G. Rauscher, Pastor of St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre, officiating.
Friends may call on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Blue and Gray Foundation, c/o GAR Memorial High School, Grant and Lehigh streets, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Bob's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.