LIVERPOOL - Elwood A. Slagle, 94, of Liverpool, and formerly of Millerstown, died at 7:27 p.m. Wednesday, May16, 2012, at the SUN Home Hospice Care Center, Sunbury.
Born on Aug. 3, 1917, in Walker Township, Juniata County, he was a son of the late Silas and Blanche (Fogleman) Slagle.
On Oct. 15, 1937, he married his surviving wife, Grace E. (Naylor) Slagle, with whom he shared more than 74 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children, Jack Slagle and his wife, Sue, of Mountain Grove, Mo., Nancy Strawser and her husband, Paul, of Liverpool, Dorothy Reitz, of Thompsontown, Betty Smith and her husband, Dave, of McAlisterville, Deborah Ferry, of Richfield, Jeffrey Slagle, of Lemoyne, and Michael Slagle, of Mifflintown; and he leaves behind 14 grandchildren, 15 great- grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Blanche Hile, and an infant son, and was the last of his generation, having been preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters.
In earlier life, Mr. Slagle worked for VanDyke Brickworks, later in track maintenance for the Pa. Railroad, and until retiring in 1979, he worked as an aid at the Selinsgrove Center, Selinsgrove. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps before proudly serving his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Elwood was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan and a collector of old bottles. He enjoyed gardening, reading and feeding the birds. In his earlier years, he loved to hunt and fish.
A graveside interment service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2012, at the Lost Creek Mennonite Cemetery, Oakland Mills, with Mr. Donald W. "Saint" Prye officiating. The Juniata County Veterans Council will accord full military burial honors.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in Mr. Slagle's memory to the Juniata County Veterans Council, PO Box 1, Mifflintown, PA 17059
Online tributes and condolences may be sent at www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.