He was born and raised in Nappanee to Roy Slagle Sr. and Merlin Nancy ‘Merle’ Strauss. After high school he served in the U.S. Army in the European theater in the capacity as a sniper. After returning home he met and married Ruby Hall on Nov. 1, 1947. They raised two boys and two girls east of Nappanee, where they lived in a home built by Roy and his family. He was an accomplished carpenter adding to the home as the family grew larger.
Roy worked for the Bendix Corporation in South Bend and retired in 1985 after 30 years. Roy and Ruby were caretakers and custodians of the Turkey Creek Brethren Church and served as Youth Leaders there for many years. Roy was a kid at heart – always finding time to take his children and grand-children hiking, cooking on an open fire, building a hut and camping out in the woods behind the family home.
He was loved and will be missed by his family and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife; two sons: Allen (Charlene) Slagle, Nappanee; Roy Slagle III, Nappanee; and two daughters: Sonna (Rick) Shrock, Constantine, Mich.; Sue (Dan) Miller, Sarasota, Fla.; a brother: Eugene (Norma) Slagle, Wakarusa, Ind.; a niece: Sandy (Leon) Ringenberg, Elkhart, Ind. Sandy is the daughter of Marilyn, Roy’s sister, and was raised by Roy and Merle after the death of her mother at a young age.
Roy was preceded in death by his sister and a brother, James ‘Bud’ Slagle.
Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am, Tuesday, May 21, at the Nappanee Church of the Brethren. Officiating will be Reverend Byrl Shaver and Reverend Roger Eberly. Burial will be at Union Center Cemetery with military graveside rites.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Nappanee Church of the Brethren.