SLATER Larry Gene
73, of Middleville, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, April 23, 2019. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan on June 26, 1945 to the late David H. and Inis Ruby Slater. Larry graduated from Pontiac Northern High School in 1964, where he took 3rd in the state in pole vaulting his senior year. He married the late Wanda Lou Slater on December 5, 1964 and they spent 50 wonderful years together; cherished father of three children, Angela (Lorne) TerMarsch, Robyn (Greg) Sorrell and Sean (Diana) Slater; beloved grandfather of 6 grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Kyle (Montserrat), Rachel (Kevin), McKenzie (Luke), Alexis, Brooke and Nicklas; dearest brother of Jim (Diane), Danny (Debbie), Debbie (the late Pete), Lynn (Biff) and Lisa (Dennis), brother-in-law of Cindy (Gary), the late Sandra (Tom) and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Larry attended Gun Lake Community Church in Middleville. Larry had many interests over the years, among them were singing on the worship team at church, softball, golf, fishing, and driving his pontoon boat. He passed on his love for coin collecting to his grandchildren. He loved old movies and his grandchildren seldom found a movie that grandpa hadn’t seen. He faithfully attended sporting events for all of his grandchildren, cheering them on enthusiastically. They always knew he would be there, sometimes traveling for hours to attend a single event. His love for his children and grandchildren was no secret to anyone Larry knew. He would manage to tell others about them whenever the opportunity arose. His children, grandchildren, and even in-law children knew he was behind them in any endeavor they took on. His support was known and loved by his entire family. Above all else Larry displayed a love for his Lord that his family saw every day. He lived out his faith by putting others before himself, quietly following Christ’s example, by visiting family and friends, and offering support and help wherever and whenever needed.
Family will receive family and friends on Monday, April 29, 2019 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at COATS FUNERAL HOME-CLARKSTON (8909 Dixie Hwy.) and on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at church until the time of service.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Harvestland Church (5848 Clintonville Rd., Clarkston). Interment Lakeview Cemetery.
We are so sorry to hear this news! We are praying for all of you!! We love the Slaters! God Bless!
Mike & Linda Knibbs
The Oresars and Heplers
We were so sorry to hear this news. Larry was the sweetest, most helpful man and Gun Lake won’t be the same without him. Prayers to all of you during this very difficult time.
The Oresars and Heplers (Larry’s lake neighbors)
Robyn & family so sorry for the loss of your Dad & Grandpa. Hold tight to your memories, they will help you get through. So sorry I can be there will be out of town till Thursday. Love & Prayers ????
We were shocked and saddened to hear this news. Larry was always the life of the party and he will be missed by many. We are praying for the Slaters.
I will continue to pray for your family. May God comfort and heal your loss.
Pastor Greg Trueblood
MY heart is broken to hear about Larry's passing. But so thankful for all the memories of him and his family. I always looked forward to seeing and talking to Larry about the things God was doing and playing sports together. Looking forward to seeing and talking to Larry again in heaven. I pray God's comfort and strength for All the family
Phil & Carol Brown
Prayers for the Holy Spirit to give comfort, strength, and peace to the family. God is Faithful!
Sorry to hear this. As I grew up he was an inspiration to me as a godly role model. I'll never forget the ole ball coach and what a blessing he was to me and my family.