Floyd E. Slater Sr.

Floyd E. Slater Sr.

Floyd E. Slater Sr. age 76 of Otsego, passed away Friday, May 23, 2014, at Plainwell Pines.

He was born November 30, 1937 in Kalamazoo to Horace and Florence (Dornan) Slater. Floyd served his country in the United States Army in 1955, serving 10 years in active duty and 10 years in the reserves until his retirement in 1985. For 26 ½ years he worked for GM, retiring in 1993.

On October 3, 1959 in Three Rivers he married Yvonne Mellen. Together they enjoyed traveling in their RV to Florida where they spent the winter months in Homosassa Springs and Crystal River.  In his leisure time Floyd enjoyed fishing, golfing and bowling. He was a life member of the V.F.W. Post #3030, the Moose Lodge #345, and the Church of God in Florida.

Surviving are his wife, Yvonne; his sons, Floyd Jr. “Gene” (Angie) Slater of Otsego, Clayton (Laura) Slater of West Virginia and Steven (Char Pease) Slater of Waukesha, WI; nine grandchildren, Clayton II “CJ”, Cyle, Ashley, Travis, Mathew, Samantha, Justin, Kasey and Kevin; five great-grandchildren, Jakob, Dylan, Kaedence, Cillian and Jesslyn; his half-brother and sister Clark Matheny and Mary Raney; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents.

Friends may visit with his family Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the funeral service at 3:00 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, Pastor Paul Hays officiating with Military Honors by Otsego V.F.W. Post #3030. Following the service cremation and burial at Fort Custer National Cemetery will take place.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Floyd may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or to the Disabled Veterans. The family would like to thank all those making donations in Floyd’s memory.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Geoffrey Phillips says:

    Floyd was not only my best man at my wedding, now he has beat me to heaven. We had many great times together & a few rough times as well. I remember a special Sunday dinner in Kansas when we shared a farmhouse on the edge of Wakefield. That may be the same time a man came to the door and asked us to help him push his airplane that had just made an emergency landing across the road in front of our house. The pilot gave it the gas and we pushed and away he flew. We all miss you , I’l not ask you to come back it probably wont be long before we meet again.

  2. Pam Kuiper says:

    Yvonne and family;

    Floyd was a kind man and always had a good word for everyone around him. We had some good times at the Lighthouse. My sympathy and prayers for all of you.


  3. Teri Laster says:

    Yvonne, Gene & Angie and family, Jack and I are so sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Keep his memory going with all the wonderful stories you can share about his life. May you all find peace knowing your will all be reunited again. Love to you all.

  4. George Cole says:

    So sorry to hear of brother Floyd passing.
    Prayers to family.

  5. Sherry Wiltshire and Ray Newman says:

    To the entire Slater family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Yvonne and Family,

    Tim and I were so very sorry to hear of Floyd’s passing. We remember having fun times at the Elks! May he rest in peace, and please know that he is a special Angel in Heaven watching over you!

  7. Tom and Betsy Lutes says:

    Yvonne, Gene,Clayton and Steve and family we are sorry for your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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