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MAY 31, 1920 -- NOV. 7, 2004

Raymond D. Slaughter, a retired steelworker, died Sunday in Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness. The Buffalo resident was 84.

Born in Sunnyside, Utah, Mr. Slaughter moved to Buffalo as a child.

A graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. A private first class, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the Pacific Theater.

Mr. Slaughter worked at Dresser Industries for more than 40 years as a steelworker. He retired in 1982. In 1955, the father of nine received the company's "Father of the Year" award.

He was active in Free Spirit Missionary Baptist Church. He drove the church van and was a member of the Men's Usher Board.

His wife of 57 years, Geraldine Smith Slaughter, died in 1998.

Survivors include seven daughters, Shirley Dixon, Geraldine Parson, Celestine and Bernadine, all of Buffalo, Sandra Sterling of Detroit, Tracy Tilletson of Cheektowaga and Gwendolyn of Bakersfield, Calif.; two sons, John of Buffalo and Raymond Jr. of Detroit; a sister, Vivian of Texas; a brother, Henry of Buffalo; 22 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

A service will be at noon Friday in Free Spirit Missionary Baptist Church, 60 Titus Ave. Burial will be in Buffalo Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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