C. Emerson "Slug" Slager, 96, of Hopedale, passed away at 3:55 pm Friday, January 3, 2020 at Hopedale Hospital. He was born October 28, 1923 in Nip ‘n Tuck, IL to Clarence William and LaFern Arwine Slager. He married Lois A. Stanley on October 19, 1947 in East Peoria, and she passed away on June 21, 2015. Surviving are two sons, Jess (Linda) Slager and Joe (Alice) Slager, both of Hopedale; two daughters, Leilani Smock of Hopedale and Sandy (Timothy) Wier of Lincoln; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Slug served in the U. S. Army during WWII. He then worked for TP & W Railroad and farmed in the Hopedale area for many years. He was a member of Living Hope Community Church in Hopedale, member of the Masonic Lodge, and served as a founding member of Hopedale Rescue Squad. He was a fixture at the coffee pot at the Hopedale Agri Center in Hopedale for over 50 years. He enjoyed spending time at his grandchildren's sporting events. His funeral will be at 11:00 am Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Living Hope Community Church in Hopedale with military honors following the service. Pastor Roger Springer and Frank Brozenec will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Wednesday and from 10:00 to 10:45 am Thursday, both at the church. Cremation will be accorded following the service. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to his church or Hopedale Rescue Squad.
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