Longtime Tuolumne County resident Edward Leon Slate died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. He was 80.
He was born in Lindsay, Okla., and was one of seven children. He lived in Oklahoma until the family moved to California. He was a farm hand until he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was proud to serve his country in the European, African and Middle Eastern campaigns during World War II. Serving with the 261st Field Artillery Battalion, he took part in the Normandy invasion, where he sustained wounds. He received the Purple Heart upon his discharge and also earned the American Theater Campaign Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Ribbon and one overseas bar.
Mr. Slate worked in various jobs and for a time was employed the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in California. He was a seasonal farm hand and auto mechanic. He moved to Tuolumne County in 1970 with his family and lived in various parts of the county, most recently in Jamestown.
Mr. Slate is survived by his daughters and sons-in-laws, Rosa and Karl Williams of Jamestown and Anna and Steve Montgomery of Sonora; sons and daughters-in-law, Melvin and Linda Slate of Tuolumne, Harvey and Ada Slate of Porterville, Tulare County, Mark and Shelly Slate of Cordelia and Danny and Vicki Slate of Kellogg, Idaho; a daughter-in-law, Phyllis Slate of Jamestown; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosella and Arland Haynes of Exeter, Tulare County, Linda and Gary Adolf of Soulsbyville and Mary and Normand Walton of Modesto; a brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Ardith Slate of Buffalo, Wyo.; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Leon Slate and Ora Isabel Adams Slate; his first wife, Wilma Maxine Slate; his second wife, Peggy Ann Slate; a brother, Eulys Francis Slate; a sister, Lenora Lorene Anderson; a brother-in-law, Roy C. "Shorty" Anderson; and a son, Francis "Buddy" Slate.
Visitation is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow and is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at the funeral home. A graveside service will follow at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne, with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard conducting a flag-folding ceremony and 21-gun salute.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.