Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
January 21, 2013 11:51 am EST


SPARTA — Richard D. Slack, 76, of Sparta passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital, following a two month illness.

He was born July 5, 1936, in Morrow County, to the late Fern A. and Norine (Hulse) Slack. A graduate of Sparta High School in 1954, he lived his entire life in Sparta, a community he dearly loved. Richard married his grade school sweetheart in 1955, Barbara (Porter). Together they shared in the joys and tribulations of life and were blessed with a wonderful family.

Richard was working as a plaster tradesman, when tragedy struck Nov. 15, 1959, with a fall that changed his life forever. Through his courage, strength and the support of others he endured. Richard never complained and overcame. He went on to serve as treasurer for Highland School System for 25 years.

Unwavering, he was steadfast and true. Fiercely loyal, he was understanding and a friend to all. Humorous and witty he enjoyed hunting and fishing. With a green thumb he had a passion for gardening and growing both flowers and vegetables.

He was a longtime member of the Sparta United Methodist Church and had served as a 4-H advisor. Home was where his heart was. He was an avid fan of sports, especially Highland athletics and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was at his best spending time with his treasured family and especially his grandchildren. His strength and courage shown in spite of difficulty shall be his long-lasting legacy.

He shall be remembered for his good deeds, as a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend — which he truly was. In Richard’s words “Free At Last.”

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife and confidante of 57 years, Barbara (Porter); children, Debbie (Dave) Higgins, Steve (Lora) Slack, Bill (Jennifer) Deckling, all of Marengo, Linda (Brad) Hall of Mount Vernon; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Judy K. (John) Weaver of Marengo; sister-in-law, Cloya Slack of Westerville,; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Maurice (Judy) Porter of Cardington, Rita Porter of Centerburg, Donald (Helen) Porter of Marengo, David (Jewel) Porter of Mount Vernon; extended members of the Porter family, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Lt. Col. Duane A. Slack, USA; brother-in-law, Butch Porter; nephew, Eric Weaver; and many dear friends.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Sparta United Methodist Church, with Pastor Barbara Roseberry officiating. Burial will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery near Sparta.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard Slack Scholarship Fund at Highland High School, 6506 Ohio 229, Marengo, OH 43334.

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