Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Rollin Slack - Western Star

CHAMPAIGN – Rollin Gene Slack, 87, of Denver, formerly of Champaign and Canton, passed away at 7:10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 6, 2016) at Brookdale Greenwood Village in Colorado.
He was born on June 24, 1929, in Canton to Cecil W. and Margaret P. (Barnes) Slack. He married Virginia L. Wilcoxen on Sept. 10, 1955, in Canton. She survives.
Also surviving are two children, Dan (Mary) Slack of Centennial, Colo., and Diane Weir of Warrensburg, Mo.; and five grandchildren, Andrea Slack-Cookson, Kristy Slack, Garrett Weir, Austen Weir and Sarah Slack.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Norman and Laurel Slack; and one sister, Clarice Slack.
Rollin was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country during the Korean War. He worked as an executive in the Farm Credit System, retiring in March of 1989. Following his retirement, he worked part time for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, responding to assist with disaster aid.
Rollin was an avid traveler following his retirement.
He was a lifetime member of the Champaign VFW Post 5520, Champaign American Legion Post 24 and Sierra Club; and was recently recognized as a 50-year member of the Freemasons. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Champaign at Savoy.
Gene and his wife Ginny attended services regularly the past several years at their senior living facility. Gene was a man of deep faith with quiet strength as well as a sense of adventure and the family is assured that he is at rest with his Lord and Savior.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, where visitation will be held one hour prior to services. The Rev. Monroe Bailey will officiate. Burial with military honors will be at Providence Chapel Cemetery in rural Farmington.
Memorials may be made to YMCA of the Rockies (www.ymcarockies.org), or to Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., where his grandson Garrett survived childhood cancer (www.childrensmercy.org).
To view Rollin's tribute video, or to leave online condolences, please visitwww.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

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