In Memory

Richard D Slaymaker - Class Of 1965

Deceased Classmate: 1965 Richard D. Slaymaker
Date Of Birth: October-16-1947
Date Deceased: June-10-2017
Age at Death: 69
Cause of Death:
Classmate City: Haverhill (Palm Beach County)
Classmate State: FL
Classmate Country: USA
Was a Veteran: Yes
Survived By: Rose (Wife)

SLAYMAKER, Richard D. Richard D. Slaymaker, 69, June 10, 2017. He was born in St. Mary's Hospital and remained a life-time resident of Palm Beach County. He is survived by his wife, Rose; son, Christopher Donatelli; daughter, Julie Donatelli (Miguel Rodriguez); adored 1-year-old Granddaughter, Myla; sister, MaryAnn Beyer; and brother, Michael (Cindy); and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Ann and Wilbur "Red", brothers, Jim and Larry. Richard served as Sergeant of Military Police at the Pentagon during the Viet Nam War and led the Riot Control Division. Richard was a long-time member of IBEW Local Union 323 and Retired Assistant Business Manager of Local Union #728. In addition he was a member of the West Palm Beach Fishing Club, Air Boat & Half Track Club, The Flotilla Club, the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), and the Florida Antique Tackle Collectors. Richard was a graduate of Riviera Beach High School Class of 1965, Palm Beach Community College (AA) and IBEW Joint Apprenticeship (JATC). Richard was a man of strong faith and integrity. He was a superior craftsman. He loved his family, friends and union. The service will be held at 2:00PM June 22 at Good Shepherd United Methodist, West Palm Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: TrustBridge Hospice, CCA or Disabled Veterans.

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06/20/17 12:05 PM #1    

Stephen Blaschke (1965)

Rose and family, 


Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.  It was a privilege to get to know Dick a little better during the past few years, while we were involved in the preparation for the 50th Reunion.  He was a great man and leader.  Will not be able to attend the memorial service, but will be there in spirit. 


Best always,  Steve and Ellen Blaschke

06/20/17 03:03 PM #2    

Brenda Joy Stiles (Pelfrey) (1965)

Dear Rose, When I went to our class reunion in 2015 Richard was the first person I saw sitting at the sign in table. There he was with that big smile. What a great guy. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him terribly but try to remember all the good times. 

Sincerely ,  Brenda Stiles Pelfrey    '65 




06/21/17 01:59 PM #3    

Laura Lee Athey (DaSilva) (1965)

Dear Rose Marie,

What a wonderful experience it was to reconnect with so many classmates while preparing for our 50th class reunion.  One of the dearest reconnections was that of your darling Richard.  Dick's huge capacity for joy, laughter and appreciating the absurd was awsome to be around.  His stories of growing up in Palm Beach County were amazing.  He was gifted with so many creative talents as well as managing the Class of '65 banking.  He was a faithful man who knew who he was and was at peace with himself.  He will be missed.  Joseph and I offer our deepest condolences for your loss.

Laura Lee DaSilva


06/21/17 06:20 PM #4    

Darlene Hill (Blanco) (1965)

I have not seen Dick since we were in our 20's. Dick, Jay O'Hara and I spent alot of time together. Dick was a wonderful friend and a good man. Dick and Jay had a lifetime friendship. Now they will be able to see one another again and go hunting and fishing together again. Rose may God bring comfort to you and your family in your time of grief. Dick will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

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