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Life Story / Obituary
SLENKER, Earle Arthur, age 89, of Grand Rapids, passed away on November 15, 2020, while in the company of his family. He was born September 1, 1931, to Arthur B.L. Slenker and Josephene I. (nee Wojciaczek) Slenker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth (nee Garlock) Slenker, February 19 of this year as well as his sister, Nancy Curran (Slenker) . Earle and Mary would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on October 31, 2020. Earle is survived by his three sons: Scott Slenker, Tom Slenker, and Daniel (Mary) Slenker; grandchildren, Jared Slenker and Miranda Slenker; step-grandchildren, Ava Reynolds and Liam Reynolds; and many nieces and nephews. Earle attended Western Michigan University following his graduation from Union High School, but he was an avid fan of all things Michigan State. Earle retired from Consumers Power (Energy) in January, 1990 after 40 years as a lineman. In addition to Consumers, Earle tended bar at Adrian Ramona Terrace in the late 60’s. Earle and Mary, and their family, attended St. Paul’s for many years, but most recently were members at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Earle loved hunting, fishing, and golfing, with his sons and his friends. He also enjoyed collecting trains and tinkering with things around the house, fixing anything from electrical to plumbing. Family camping trips have left the boys with wonderful memories of their parents. Earle was a very good bowler and ran a bowling league at Northfield Lanes in the mid-70’s. Cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will be held for the immediate family. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Please consider making a memorial contribution in Earle’s memory to the American Heart Association, (3940 Peninsular Dr. SE # 180, Grand Rapids, MI 49546). To leave a memory or condolence, please visit www.heritagelifestory.com