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By The Mercury

G. Earl Slagle, 88, of Manhattan, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

The family provided the following information.

Earl was born on Dec. 23, 1925, in rural Beeler, the son of Vern and Ivy (Prose) Slagle.

During World War II, Mr. Slagle served as a Merchant Marine until his honorable discharge in 1945.

On Sept. 16, 1945, in Dighton, he was united in marriage to the former Wanda I. Orrell.  They made their home in Manhattan for over 60 years.  Mrs. Slagle preceded him in death on March 12, 2014.

Mr. Slagle was a longtime employee of Kansas State University, where he worked as a Forestry Technician, prior to his retirement in 1990.  Following his retirement he went to work for Winrock International, which was working on a reforestation project in Pakistan. 

Mr. Slagle was a member of the United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II, the Yard Art Classics Car Club of Manhattan and founding member of CREST (Citizens Radio Emergency Standby Team) in Manhattan. Outside of his memberships he was an artist with a permanent exhibit of his artwork at the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas. Other areas of interest were being a poet, inventor, private pilot, world traveler, gardener, beekeeper and wood and metal worker.

He is survived by three sons: Tom Slagle and his wife Tammy, of Lincoln, Kan.; Gary Slagle and his wife Rhonda, of Belvue; Stacy Slagle and his wife Norma, of Wamego; and one daughter, Julie Slagle and her partner M.L. of Manhattan. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Shannon Showalter and his wife Tawnia, of Perry; Jared Slagle and his wife Jessica, of St. Marys; Matthew Slagle, of Wamego; Melissa Janulis and her husband Wade, of Manhattan; and three great-grandchildren: Tate and Hailey Showalter and Cooper Slagle.  He is also survived by one brother: Eldon Slagle, of Manhattan, and a sister-in-law, Gertrude Slagle, of Pratt.

In addition to his wife Wanda, he was also preceded in death by one daughter: Ronda Bassett; a grandson, Strider Showalter; three sisters: Velma Slagle Stout, Bernie Slagle Sculley Nauerth, Neva Slagle Bollinger. and a brother, Floyd Slagle.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6- 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Wesley Paddock officiating. Inurnment of the cremated remains will be held at a later date in the Buda Cemetery near Beeler.

Memorials have been established for the Manhattan Arts Center and for the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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