FRANCIS LEROY SLOAT 6/20/1949 - 10/4/2013 Frank lost his battle with bladder cancer on October 4th at home in Barstow CA where he had been a resident for 26 years, he was 64. He was surrounded by his close family. Frank was born in Ashland Oregon in June 1949, the oldest son to Dora Frances (Millermon) of Wisconsin and Ollie Francis Sloat of Illinois. Frank joined the US Army
in Sept 1969 and was proud to have served with the 630th Engineer BN LE in Vietnam. During his time in the Army Frank was stationed in Kentucky, Okinawa, Germany and three different forts in California. He retired from the US Army in 1991 after serving 20 years, his last duty station was Fort Irwin. He began his civilian career working at Industrial Engine Services in Lenwood as a Service Manager. Moved on to Cummins Cal Pacific in El Cajon, CA for a few years. Moving back to Barstow to manage the truck repair facility at Rip Griffins, during his time there he became a District Manager, he supervised six shops in five states that he checked on quarterly. Even though it was a lot of traveling he loved his job. When TA bought out Rip Griffins he stayed for a short while, but he needed another challenge. He moved on to Las Vegas Freightliner for a couple of years. Frank ended his civilian career at Fort Irwin working for Northrop Grumann until the after effects of the chemo- therapy and radiation caused him to become too ill to work. Frank was preceded in death by his father Ollie in 1990, his mother Dora in 1991 and his younger brother Charles Sloat of Wisconsin in April 2013. Frank leaves his wife Jane of 41 years, their three children Kimberlee Gurule, son-in-law Ray of Barstow, daughter Frances Butler, son-in-law Jeff of Colorado Springs, CO., son Eugene, daughter-in-law Kirsten of Oklahoma City, OK., and seven grandchildren, Ansin, Tristin, Mina of Barstow, Eric and Sylar of Colorado Springs, Kaylee and Isaiah of Oklahoma City. His only sister Cheryl, brother-in-law Bob, niece Michelle and nephew-in-law JD all of Elgin, Illinois. The family chose to have a private service for Frank on October 8th at Mead Mortuary in Barstow where he received full military honors, Frank was cremated. Mead Mortuary has established a Memorial page on their website for anyone wishing to send condolences to the family. During his last days Frank was attended by the California VNA Hospice. Frank's passing has left a huge hole in the hearts of all his family and he will be missed by all the people he had worked with over the past 20 years. He is now free to ride his big Harley in the sky.