Allan E. “Al” Slater, 85, of E Monroe Street, Port Washington, died March 28, 2011 at Horizon Hospice in Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital-Ozaukee, Mequon.
He was born July 2, 1925 to Herman and Melitta Janke Slater in Random Lake. He grew up working on the farm after his dad died when he was young. He married Betty Jane Gerrits of Hollandtown, WI in May, 1948 in Dubuque, IA. Shortly after his marriage he served in the US Army as a Private First Class during peacetime. Upon his return he started working at Keikhaefer and American Motors. He started for Wisconsin Electric Power Company in Port Washington in 1951 and became a steamfitter working in the streets and tunnels of Milwaukee until he retired in 1987 as a supervisor. His wife Betty Jane preceeded him in death on April 20, 2002. He married Lucille “Lucy” Lubach Ohde of Beechwood, WI on October 30, 2004 at Redeemer Lutheran in Plymouth, WI.
Al was an active member of St. John’s Luth. Church in Fredonia and a member of the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82, Port Washington. He was a handy man who could fix anything and liked to tinker on cars and woodworking. He stayed fit with swimming aerobics and enjoyed golf, fishing, cards, pool-especially the green felt club at the Port Washington Senior Center and the McDonald’s Gang.
He is survived by his wife Lucille of Port Washington, children Shari (Mike) Lohuis of Green Bay, WI, Pam (Bob) Thill of Cedarburg, WI Alison (Bob) Benter of New Fane, WI and Ted (Theresa Schwartz) Slater of Cudahy, WI. Further survived by 9 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, brother Orville Slater of Indianapolis, IN, sister Alice Stahl of West Bend, WI, other relatives and friends. Preceded by his first wife Betty Jane, infant daughter Marciana and granddaughter Heather Benter.
Pastor Robert Zick will officiate funeral services 7 pm Friday, April 1, 2011 at St. John’s Luth. Church, 824 Fredonia Ave., Fredonia. Visitation 4 pm – 7 pm Friday AT CHURCH. Interment St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Fredonia. Memorials Appreciated.