RICHARD ALLEN "RICK" SLATER ~ Class of 1967
October 15, 1949 - November 21, 2010
Born a sinner October 15, 1949 in Richland. Died November 21, 2010 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center at the age of 61. Saved by the shedding blood of Jesus Christ as a teenager, but spent much of life in a wordly fashion.
Preceded in death by his father Glen A. Slater, mother Vera J. Slater & brother Gary Dean Slater ('65), mother in-law Halsey Franklin.
I have decided to write my own obituary so the burden will not be placed on my family trying to decide what wonderful things that they should say about me.
I leave behind my wife & soul mate Vesta E. Slater. The best woman that God knew I needed. Stepchildren my son, Tony Rodriquez (Jenny) & granddaughters Sabrina and Isabella. My daughter Jennifer (Dave) Youngblood, granddaughter Kirsten Jackson & grandson Mitchell Jackson. Brother Ron Slater ('70), Kansas City, MO; (Mary) and nephews Kevin & Stephen whom I'm sorry I didn't get to see much of but loved you just the same. Sister Glenda Hansen (Max) Kennewick, nieces Savanah & Allie. Nephew Austin (Melinda) Slater, son Dawson, niece Heather (Ray) Newton, son David. Also my very close friend Nancy Graves, Richland & many aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.
I was born and raised in Richland. Graduated from Columbia High in 1967. Was a Member of the U.S. Air Force for 4 years 1968-1972. Graduated from Columbia Basin College 1975 with AA in Mid-Management. Had several local jobs but was in business with my parents for 12 years before going to work for Westinghouse which is now MSA.
Not because I was a good person but because I had accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour my dying wish is that my family and friends & anyone reading this may also come to know Christ as their Lord and Saviour. If you don't have the hope of Jesus in your heart I'm sure my wife would be glad to share it with you.
For the souls I've met in life I thank God for them. For the life I had I thank God for. Weep for me but don't grieve because I am now in the presence of God and someday will see all of you who have accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour. May God bless you all until Christ returns and unites us when He comes to claim His throne. Authored by Rick
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 11:00am at the Temple Baptist Church with a reception to follow at the church, 4555 Arena Rd., Richland.
In lieu of flowers a contribution can be made to the Tri-Cites Union Gospel Mission.