Leroy Slaughter, 94, of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at Sterling House in New Braunfels. Leroy Slaughter was born in San Antonio, Texas, January 30, 1916. He is preceded in death by his wife, Floyce Slaughter; parents, Hugo and Alwina Slaughter; and brother Elroy, Slaughter.
They had two children, Kenneth Roy Slaughter and his wife Cathy of Haltom City, Texas; and Susan Aleene Ullevig and her husband Mike of New Braunfels, Texas; and five grandchildren, Stephen Slaughter, Michelle Slaughter, Michael Ullevig, Jr. and his wife Britney; Shari Ullevig Miller and her husband Allan; and Lisa Ballone and her husband Steffen. Great-grandchildren include Kyleigh Miller, Nikki Miller, Gracey Ullevig, and Dylan Ullevig.
Leroy belonged to the Cherokee Baptist Church.
Dad loved life. By far, nature and the great outdoors was where he wanted to be. Early into their marriage, mom and dad purchased a farm back in the 50s. After moving to Cherokee in 1981, dad put his green thumb to work and grew all kinds of vegetables and fruits. No one could grow corn like dad. His tractor was his pride and joy.
But farming was not his only interest. In his younger years he loved playing tennis, swimming, boating, and skiing. He was the best. When it came to sports, he was a hard act to follow. He loved football and would have the TV going when it came to football season. I’m told he was quite a football player in his high school days.
Dad was talented in both mechanics and in the electrical field. His love for mechanics lead him to Kelly Air Force Base where he was part of a special unit that dealt with bomb sites during WWII.
Dad also loved fire prevention and in 1955 was appointed Fire Marshall for the City of Castle Hills. His continued interest in the fire department proved to be helpful for the City of Cherokee. He was instrumental in getting Cherokee’s first fire truck.
Now dad did have his faults, but oh so few. He had a great love of oil and WD40. Anything that squeaked or was resistant to movement, he was always handy with the fix. Dad thought my dishwasher lid was a little stiff so out came the WD40. Need I say, the lid now falls quickly. Mike’s hood was a struggle to lift… out came the WD 40. Easy to lift but support was necessary for engine work. We loved him!
Dad was somewhat of a quiet man and was always more interested in what you had to say. He had a positive look on life. He never met a person he did not like. He made everyone feel comfortable. And, there was nothing he wouldn’t do for you. He paid particular attention to those in need. As recent as December, a new resident was having trouble adjusting to Assisted Living and with dad’s encouragement and understanding he soon opened up and they became domino partners. Dad would often express his worry for others and would comment on how fortunate he was to have had such a healthy long life.
Services were be held Monday, March 15, 2010, at 10:30 AM at the Cherokee Baptist Church with Rev. Jody Simmons officiating.
Interment to followed at Cherokee Cemetery in San Saba County.
How blessed we were to have him. He indeed, was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.
The family requests memorials be made to the Cherokee Children’s Home.
Funeral Services under the direction of Howell-Doran Funeral Home.