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William "Bill" McGrath Slawson Jr.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

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William "Bill" McGrath Slawson Jr., 62, a longtime resident of Spencer, passed away on Oct. 8, 2007, at home.

Funeral services for Bill will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at First English Lutheran Church of Spencer. Rev. Paul Kaldahl will officiate the service.

Visitation will begin after 12 p.m., today with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at Warner Funeral Home of Spencer.

Interment will take place at a later date.

Military services will be conducted by the American Legion - Glen Pedersen Post No. 1 of Spencer.

Born in Long Beach, Calif., on Jan. 28, 1945, to William McGrath Slawson and Evelyn Elsie (Hagedorn) Bill moved to Everly with his family in 1952. He graduated from Everly High School in 1962 and entered the Air Force, where he spent four years as a radio operator, including one year in Germany. After being discharged from the service, Bill went to school at Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville and later at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology and pre-medicine.

Bill met Phyllis Louise Hoeppner on August 5, 1977. They were married 98 days later on Nov. 11, 1977. Their first child, Mac, was born in 1979, followed by Libby in 1981, Everly in 1982, and Hank in 1984. Bill worked part-time in construction but spent most of his adult life as a full-time dad, volunteer, and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Evelyn Slawson; and two infant nephews.

Bill is survived by his wife, Phyllis; their children: Mac, Everly, and Hank, of Spencer and Libby of Berkeley, Calif.; two brothers: Tom Slawson and wife, Cody, and Rich Slawson and wife, Sharon --  both of Spencer; daughter, Mollie Frawley and husband, Tony of Tallahassee, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.