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Earl Slade - October 07, 2010


Earl Slade, 97 of Ord died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord.
Earl Hans Francis Slade was born Aug. 28, 1913, at Kiefer, Okla. to Ray and Olivia (Nicholson) Slade. He was raised in Oklahoma where he also received his education.
Earl was united in marriage to Vera I. Harmon on Dec. 29, 1935, at Seminole, Okla.
After their marriage Earl worked at the Cessna plant in Wichita and Hutchinson, Kan.
At the beginning of World War II the couple moved to Richmond, Calif. where Earl worked in a shipyard building Liberty Ships. When the war ended, the plant closed and he went to work at Pullman Yard (RR).
He later worked at another lumber business in California and transferred to Otoe, Neb. in 1953. He then took a job for Dean Krotter Lumber Yard in Imperial, Neb. Earl worked with the Krotter companies for 25 years in Imperial, Palisade, and Benkelman, ending his career in Imperial.
After retirement the couple moved to Ord to be closer to family. They moved to Gregory, S.D. where Earl worked as a greens keeper at the golf course. They returned to Ord where the couple resided at Valley View Living Center.
Mrs. Slade passed away May 12, 2007. Earl continued to make his home in Ord until his passing.
Earl was active in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed woodwork, hunting, fishing and golfing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vera; a son, Robert; brothers, Ray, Jr., Gene, Phil, Ralph; and sisters, Tisha, Dorothy and Susan.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Terry Lee Harmon and Fiona deJardin Slade of Schenevus, N.Y.; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Frances “Earlene” and Bill Riley of Ord and Janice and Bryce Wright of Brookings, S.D.; a daughter-in-law, Alice (Mrs. Robert) Slade of Gregory, S.D.; one sister, Imogene “Hessie” Rodgers of Richmond, Calif.; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Slade’s wishes were to be cremated.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel with Father Tom Ryan officiating.
Memorials are suggested to Valley View Living Center or the Ord Flag Pole Project.
Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.