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Obituary for Donald Lee Slayton
Donald Lee Slayton, 87, of Guthrie Center, formerly of Casey passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014 at The New Homestead in Guthrie Center. Visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. on Wednesday, November 19th at the Casey United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, November 20th at the Casey United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Dalmanutha Cemetery in rural Casey. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Gentiva Hospice of Panora (formerly Iowa Hospice) and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Donald was born August 9, 1927 to Lona and Bea (Crees) Slayton at the family home near Exira. He was one of six children. He grew up in Hamlin and attended schools near there. Donald valued his education and would hitchhike to Guthrie Center High School to attend. He was the first in his family to complete high school.
On November 25, 1948, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” Caltrider. They moved to Waterloo for three years and then returned to Casey in the early 1950’s to farm. To this union three children were born: Carolyn, David and Robert.
He was a lifelong member of the Casey United Methodist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge. Donald enjoyed attending his children’s school events and always made time throughout the year to go. After retirement he loved going to Texas for the Winter’s. It is here where he loved playing pool winning several tournaments. Don played softball in the Adair town league until his 60’s. He attended tractor pulls every weekend and competed in them in the 1960’s. He always enjoyed watching his favorite NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty; parents, Lona and Bea Slayton; siblings, Glen and Helen.
Donald leaves behind, his children: Carolyn (Tom) Chaffin of Olathe, Kansas, David (Joyce) Slayton of Urbandale, and Robert (Janice) Slayton of Casey; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Chris) Pedigo and their children, Katelyn and Nicholas, all of Olathe, KS, Tiffany (Aric) Rush and their children, Jonah and Max, all of Ankeny, Tresa (Erik) Slayton of Greenville, SC, Christine (Mike) Dewall of Des Moines, Charles (Anne) Slayton of Adair, Mindy (Wade) Wolfe of Panora, Scott (Miranda) Simpson and their children, Ava and Norah, all of Des Moines; siblings, Dale Slayton of Guthrie Center, Doug Slayton of Florida and Betty Sorensen of Guthrie Center; and a host of other family and friends that will miss him dearly.