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Date of Issue: June 09, 2005

Obituary

George W. Slaughter

George W. Slaughter, 87, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died Feb. 6.

Born in Scottdale, Pa., Mr. Slaughter attended Western Michigan College. He served in the U.S. Army and trained as a high-speed radio operator for the China-Burma-India theater. He worked for the Kalamazoo public school system for more than 30 years as teacher and special education counselor. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo.

Memorial services were held in Kalamazoo. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 504 South Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo MI 47007, or to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1935, Holmes Beach FL 34218-1935.

He is survived by son Michael of East Lansing, Mich; daughter Diana Wilcox of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and two grandchildren.

Thelma G. Slaughter

Thelma G. Slaughter, 87, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died March 16.

Born in Scottdale, Pa., Mrs. Slaughter was a long-time member of trinity Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo.

Memorial services were held in Kalamazoo. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 504 South Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo MI 47007, or to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1935, Holmes Beach FL 34218-1935.

She is survived by son Michael of East Lansing, Mich; daughter Diana Wilcox of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and two grandchildren.

Jon A. Thornburg

Jon A. Thornburg, 81, of Bradenton, died May 17.

Born in Wayne County, Ind., Mr. Thornburg was a retired postal inspector. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a certified P.S.E. operator.

Mr. Thornburg was a founding member of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, past president of the Island Garden Club, a member of Kirby Stewart American Legion Post, and the Friends of the Island Branch Library.

Memorial services were May 22 in Blue Springs, Mo. Memorial services will be held locally at 5 p.m. June 11 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. A celebration of life and a buffet will follow the service at the church’s Fellowship Hall. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife of 27 years Mercedes; sons Jon of Plano, Texas, Jay C. and Jeff, both of Blue Springs, and Joe of Wellington, Mo.; daughters Becki Lowry of Centerview, Mo., Georgia Coats of Garfield, Ark., Gloria Hickman of Riverside, Mo., Gina Chavez and Glida Brinkley, both of Blue Springs; sisters Judie McIntire of Brockwell, Ohio, Bernice Mercer and Bliss Price, both of Englewood, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Robert James Van Maaren

Robert James Van Maaren, 69, of Bradenton, died May 29.

Born in Royal Oak, Mich., Mr. Van Maaren moved to Manatee County 26 years ago. He worked at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, for five years.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Shannon Funeral Home, Westview Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Sandee; daughter Robynn Reynolds; and one granddaughter.

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