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William Charles Slater, age 72, of Greenville, passed away at home on Wednesday morning, October 7, 2015 after suffering an apparent heart attack.  The son of Charles D. & Wilmette E. (Foxworthy) Slater, he was born on November 21, 1942 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  A true patriot, Bill proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was the elected Republican delegate for Schoolcraft County for many years. 

On June 5, 1982 he married the former Bonnie Lou Hoskins.  He retired from the State of Michigan having worked in various positions with the Department of Human Services/Family Independence Agency.  He was an avid reader, enjoyed hunting and fishing, was a member of the National Rifle Association, and delighted in time spent at his cabin with his family.

Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Slater of Greenville;  his children, Benjamin & Renee Slater of Muskegon, Lorri & Michael Jansma of Gowen, and Terry & Barbara Crouch of Orleans;  two grandsons, Shawn & Cassy Jansma and Travis & Barbara Crouch;  a sister, Mary Ann Scott;  and two brothers, John Slater, and David & Kathy Slater.

Honoring his wishes, private family services will be held with military honors rendered by the U.S. Marine Corps.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Bill's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Kathy Maguire on October 14, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I was so sad to hear my neighbor passed away. It makes me sad to see his blue truck sitting in the yard knowing he won’t be waving to me as he drives by. We had many pleasant conversations through the years. My deepest sympathies to Bill’s family. He will be missed by many.

  2. Caryl Cooleman on October 15, 2015 at 12:00 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of Bill’s family. I worked with him at Wal Mart and he was the best. Always happy and a smile on his face for everyone. I am sorry for you, the family of a great person. He will be missed by many.

  3. Sharon Slater Carlson step sister on January 7, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Hello just today found out Bill died. Was shocked & very sad as we had not kept in contact. Duane slater married my mother Vera. Bill came to live with his dad his senior yr. last saw him at his fathers funeral here in Mpls. With a heavy heart

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