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Richard Paul “Rick, Rit or Dick” Slates, 84, formerly of Altoona died Friday June 1, 2018 at Ridgeview Healthcare, Curwensville.
He was born June 20, 1933 in Altoona a son of the late W. Paul and Margaretta Catherine (Tressler) Slates. He married Donna J. (Laughlin) Shaffer on July 19, 1997 in Altoona.
Surviving are his wife, Donna; a son, Gene Himes of Altoona; three grandchildren, Angel, Shane and Brad; numerous great grandchildren; five stepchildren, Wanda Lee (Merritts) Ingram in Texas; Melissa Ann (Merritts) Wertz of Altoona; Laura Mae (Gildea) Hoffman of Altoona; Raymond Charles Shaffer of FL; Timothy Hamilton of Altoona; and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.
Richard was preceded in death by a brother, William H. Slates.
Mr. Slates was a member Bethany Lutheran Church, Altoona where he was a member of the Men’s Bible Class.
He was a 1951 graduate of Altoona High School.
Richard was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from 1952 to 1956 attaining the rank of Hospitalman Third Class.
He retired as a mail carrier from the United States Postal Service, Altoona in 1997 after 44 years’ service.
He enjoyed baseball and football and was a member of the V.F.W., Hollidaysburg Post.
Dick was an umpire/referee for nearly 40 years.
Friends will be received from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday June 5, 2018 at Myers-Somers Funeral Home, Inc., 501 Sixth Avenue, Altoona where a funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Drew McCaffrey officiating.
Interment will be made at Blair Memorial Park, Bellwood.