Wasilla resident Vern William "Bill" Slayton died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at his home of lung cancer. He was 78.
At his request there will be no services and interment will be at Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Anchorage.
Mr. Slayton was born Dec. 3, 1926, in Bell Fourche, S.D. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was discharged in 1946. He was a resident of Auburn, Wash., where he was a self-employed, independent contractor until 1972. He then moved to Alaska and was hired at Unocal Oil. He retired in 1995.
"Bill loved being at home, tending to his yard and watching birds and wildlife. He lived his life as he wanted and always had friends along the way. Special thanks to his caretakers from hospice and to his friend, BJ, for tending to his care. His soul joins the 'love of his life,' Shirley," his family said.
Mr. Slayton was preceded in death by his third wife, Muriel.
He is survived by his children, Mary Jo of Auburn, Debbie of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Brad of Auburn, Cindy of Minneapolis, Marty of Anchorage, Jim of Graham, Wash., and Suzie of Edgewood, Wash.; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Kelly Croskey of Kenai; and companion, Maggie Grier of Wasilla.
Family and friends may leave memorial tributes at www.mem.com.
Arrangements were made by Kehl's Palmer Mortuary.
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