Originally created 06/27/04

Howard C. Slagter, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)



AUGUSTA, Ga.- Howard Slagter, Jr., age 81, died Friday, June 25, 2004 at Eisenhower Medical Center. "I'm going to make it..." It was the usual smiling greeting of Howard Slagter, but, this time he did not make it. Sgt. Slagter had decided to make Augusta his home and since his retirement was a very involved citizen in everything concerning his adopted city. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and joined the Army in January 1943. He was in anti-aircraft and participated in the Normandy campaign and ended the war in Berlin. In May 1945 he married Jeanine Conil, a French school teacher. He became a Signal Corps man in 1947. He served six years in Germany, four years in Fort Gordon and five years as a military advisor in Greece. He received the Army Commendation medal and several others while serving in the military. Upon retirement in 1963 he joined the VA where he became Canteen Officer until he retired again in 1984. As a volunteer he wa s very active with the American Legion and served as their service officer for 20 years. He volunteered during the transition period of the Augusta Museum and was involved in the refurbishing of the train and rebuilding of the street car exhibits. In August 1994 he was recognized by Channel 6 in their "Giving Your Best" award. He was a member of Jack C. Fortune American Legion Post 205, Voiture 40 & 8, the DAV and the Alliance Francaise d'Aiken. On the 8th of July 1994 he received the Medaille du Jubile by le president du Conseil Regional de Basse-Normandie. He was inducted into the Regimental Signal Corps of Fort Gordon in 2001 by General Peter Cuviello, Commanding General USASC & FG. He was made an honorary deputy sheriff of Richmond County. He was very proud of these awards. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeanine; his daughters, Peggy Theriault of Augusta and Kathleen Powell of Augusta; his sons-in-law, Peter Theriault and Col. Gary Powell; two grandsons, 1st Lt. Gary Powe ll and Petty Officer HM2 Joe Theriault; one granddaughter, Allyson Powell; one daughter-in-law, Shirlene Theriault; two great-grandsons, Taylor Joseph and Dylan Slagter Theriault; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jacques and Geo Conil of Mantesla-Ville, France and his niece and nephew, Giles and Kathy Conil. The Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at 12:15 p.m. at The Church of the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Pallbearers are the U.S. Army Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the American Legion. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park with Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-9929. The family will receive friends at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors Monday, June 28, 2004 from 7-9 p.m. -Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Road, Augusta, GA 30907- Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle June 27, 2004