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Walter F. Sloan, 78, of Grand Island, an Army veteran of World War II, died Saturday (March 21, 1998) in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda.

Sloan, who worked at the former Linde plant in Tonawanda for 28 years before retiring in 1968, also worked for Jenss department store in Niagara Falls and Tonawanda until he retired in 1984.

A Buffalo native, Sloan served with an armored division during World War II and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. He was one of the first American servicemen to cross the Remagen bridge over the Rhine River into Germany. He inspired his grandson Corbett McCallum to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he will graduate in May as a cadet battalion commander.

Sloan was an avid gardener and devoted patron of the Grand Island Library. He and his wife enjoyed competitive ballroom dancing and gave many exhibitions.

He is survived by his wife, the former Thelma Stacey; two daughters, Judith McCallum of Hornell and Dr. Kathleen Jackson of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; a brother, Milton; a sister, Marion of California; and four grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Interment will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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