Arthur Jack Slutz, 94, of Fredericksburg, died Thursday, March 8, 2018 surrounded by his family at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster.
Art was born in Fredericksburg on Feb. 14, 1924 to Austin Blair “A.B.” and Regina (Wilhelm) Slutz and grew up in Fredericksburg. He graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1942 where he played basketball and baseball all four years of high school. He married his high school sweetheart, Eleanor Leiner on June 26, 1944 while on furlough from the Army and they were married for 71 years. He served two terms on the Village Council and was a member of the Board of Trade. In 2002 he was a Fredericksburg “Honored Citizen”. After high school, Art worked at his Father’s grain elevator, then at Fredericksburg Art Pottery and later at Republic Steel in Massillon. He also worked on the pipeline that was being built from outside Fredericksburg to Loudonville.
Art was inducted into the U.S. Army on Feb. 23, 1943 and he served until his discharge on March 1, 1946. His service included basic infantry training and then he worked as a wire chief, supervising a crew of 8 men in laying wire and keeping maintenance on the lines. He installed and operated a field telephone switch board along with other duties to allow radio/telephone communications between the front lines and field commanders. He was a member of 1stBattalion, Hq. and Hq.Co., 303rdInfantry, 97thDivision, (the Trident Division). He served in the American and European Theaters receiving a Bronze Star and the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He served in Japan for occupation duty. Art and Eleanor enjoyed attending the 97thWW II Reunion events across the Country for many years and Art hosted the 21stannual reunion in Berlin, Ohio in Sept. 2008. Art had the privilege of being on an Honor Flight in 2008 to Washington, DC. He was a 72 years member of Fredericksburg American Legion Post 651 where he served as Post Commander for many years and was honored as Veteran of the Year in 2012.
Art was a life-long residence of Fredericksburg. Around 1948 he owned his own trucking company with up to 5 drivers which hauled steel long distance. Upon the death of his father in 1956, he went into partnership with his brother Lynn, as owners/operators of Slutz and Son Elevator. Upon Lynn’s death in 1967, Art became the sole owner of the elevator which he operated with Eleanor, as the bookkeeper, until 1989 when he retired. After retirement he and Eleanor enjoyed traveling, attending auctions where they acquired many pieces of Fredericksburg Pottery and attending school and sporting events for their 6 grandchildren and later their great-grandchildren. During his lifetime, Art enjoyed boating and fishing, motorcycles, playing Euchre, mushroom hunting and many events with family. He and Eleanor were members of the Friends of Fredericksburg Pottery.
In 1994 Art and Eleanor donated the former McCormick Cash Store which stood for more than a century on S. Mill St. in downtown Fredericksburg, to the Wayne County Historical Society, which was reconstructed as the 1890 Mercantile Building at the Wayne County History Society.
He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Diane Covert of Wooster, Karen (Larry) Badger and Kim Slutz both of Fredericksburg and Deb (Jon) Thompson of Wooster; grandchildren, Brandon Covert, Jud (Jen) Covert, Melissa (Kevin) Duff, Chad (Judy) Badger, Stacy (Casey) Jones and Seth Thompson; great-grandchildren, Laney, Maddy, Broc, Zoey, Alexander, Charlotte, Kayla, Jake and Jocelyn; a sister-in-law, Florence “Bunny” Leiner of Wooster and family friend, Mike Covert.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor on Nov. 16, 2015, his parents and brothers, Lynn and Paul.
Friends may call Thursday, March 15thfrom 5-7 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Fredericksburg. Private family services will be held on Friday at 2:00 p.m. with Chaplain Ginger Pflueger officiating. Burial will be in Fredericksburg East Cemetery with military honors. Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com Memorial contributions may be made to the Fredericksburg Library, 108 S. Mill St., Fredericksburg, OH 44627.
The family would like to thank LifeCare Hospice for their comforting care. A very special thanks to Tom Sands for this help in caring for our Dad.
Karen I am very sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
My deepest sympathy to Karen and the rest of the family on the the loss of your father. I have fond memories of Art, mostly from the Elevator and his friendship with my father. We would go there to buy grain for our horses and it would always turn into a long conversation. My prayers go out for all of you. May God give you comfort in your loss.
Sending thoughts and prayers. Will always cherish fond memories of my great-uncle Art. In loving memory.
Peggy (Slutz) VanEmon