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FLOYD E. SLEEPER - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Floyd E. Sleeper, 87, passed away peacefully, after a short illness, on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Starr Farm Nursing Center. He was born on June 18, 1926, in Burlington, the son of Floyd E. and Bernice (Shattuck) Sleeper Sr. Floyd attended schools in South Burlington and graduated high school in Essex Junction. He went on to attend UVM where he earned his bachelor's degree in business. Floyd married Suzanne Harrington on Aug. 2, 1950, in Burlington. He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps from 1943-1945 as a military policeman. He was a career salesman, moving from Burlington to Sarver, Pa., where he lived for 45 years. He sold John Deere farm equipment and later in his career he owned his own mobile home sales business. Floyd was very mechanically inclined and as a hobby he restored cars, motorcycles, and garden and farm tractors back to their original condition. This was a great source of pride for Floyd. He sold his home in Pennsylvania in 2010 and moved back to the Burlington area to be close to his daughter and son-in-law. He lived in the independent living apartments at Pillsbury Manor and made many new friends. He was active and happy there for the past three years. Floyd was a member of the First Baptist Church in Burlington. He is survived by three children, son, Lawrence Sleeper and wife, Donna, of Lakeland, Tenn.; daughter, Diana Hall and husband, David, of South Burlington; son, Mark Sleeper and wife, Joyce, of York, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Megan Pelchat and husband, Michael, Matthew Hall, Patrick Sleeper, Erin Galinus and husband, Justin, Andrea Baldwin and husband, Brian, Ian Sleeper and wife, Kristina, and Kelsey Sleeper and fiance, Ryan James; two great-grandchildren, Logan and Riley Pelchat; niece, Carolyn Eisle and husband, Fred; and several cousins and other extended family in Vermont, Ohio and New York. Floyd also leaves behind the other "two musketeers," Orwell Tousley and Len Roberge, his family wishes to thank them for the love and companionship they showed Floyd during his time here. Floyd was predeceased by his former wife and mother of his children, Suzanne Sleeper; brother, John "Bill" Sleeper; and sister-in-law, Jean Sleeper. A celebration of Floyd's life will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul St., Burlington, at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the First Baptist Church, Burlington.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 11, 2014
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