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Leonard "Bud" William Slater

January 29, 1930 ~ May 9, 2018 (age 88)

Leonard “Bud” William Slater, 88, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at his home in Hays, KS. Bud was born in Salina, KS to Leonard and Lola (Gray) Slater on January 29, 1930. He graduated from high school in Englewood, CO in 1948. He joined the Marine Corps in 1950, serving in Korea and being honorably discharged in 1954.

In 1954, he met his wife to be, Shirley G. Bonham of Beaver City, NE in Worland, WY. They were married on June 11, 1955 in Basin, WY. They are parents of two children, Donald Lee (Connie) Slater of Kansas City, MO and Karen Sue (Bill) Miller of Grain Valley, MO.

He was in the auto parts business for 20 years, which brought moves to Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri after leaving Wyoming in 1969. He also was an over the road truck driver for 25 years, worked 3 years for Furnas County Farms in Beaver City, NE, followed by working at Walmart the last 18 years.

He is survived by his wife of the home; their two children; sister, Dixie Zerr of Denver, CO; special friends, Kathy and Wayne Abrams of Blue Springs, MO, along with numerous step-children and step-grandchildren.

Bud is preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law and a step-granddaughter, Jenny Stroemel.

Cremation has taken place and interment will be held at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery in WaKeeney, KS at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Fresenius Medical Care (Kidney Dialysis) and/or to Hays Hospice. Contributions can be left or mailed to the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 2509 Vine St., Hays, KS 67601

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