Willard “Pete” Eugene Slaten, 91, passed away at 9:00 am, on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Glen Haven Gardens in Alton.
He was born in Grafton, IL on April 14, 1922, the son of the late Ernest & Agnes (Willman) Slaten.
On March 13, 1949, he married Helen M. (Pittenger) in Grafton, IL. She passed away in 2006.
Pete served his country in the U. S. Marines Corps during WWII with combat duty in the South Pacific during 1942 and 1943. He was employed at Shell Oil Co. for 37 years, working as an electrician, retiring in February of 1985. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Alton and the American Legion Post in Grafton and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by one brother, Paul Slaten of St. Charles, MO and several nieces, a nephew and several cousins.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Erma Stock and two brothers, Vernon Slaten and George “Barney” Slaten.
Visitation will be from 4 pm to 6 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton, IL.
Visitation will continue from 10 am until funeral time at 11 am on Friday, January 31, 2014 at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton, IL., with Rev. George Humbert officiating.
Burial will follow at Valhalla Memorial Park, in Godfrey.
Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church in Alton and or the 5 A’s.
Online condolences and guest book may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com