Saturday, September 8, 2007


Howard Leslie Slawson, Jr., age 87 of Shell Knob, Missouri, died Tuesday, August 28, 2007, at the home of his daughter.

He was born December 12, 1919, the son of Howard L. and Minerva Jane (Carpenter) Slawson in Olean, New York. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister.

Surviving relatives are one son, Mark Slawson and his wife, Kelly of Rangely, Colorado; two daughters, Kim Williams and her husband, Jim and Leslie Ermey and her husband, Mitch all of Cape Fair; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Howard grew up in Olean, New York where he graduated from high school. He served his country during World War II in the United States Air Force. He worked for SnapOn Tools in Dallas, Texas, and was an industrial marine salesman for Sabine Propeller and Marine Services in Port Arthur, Texas. Howard moved to Shell Knob in 1985 from Bridge City, Texas and worked for the "Rattler" newspaper in Shell Knob as an ad salesman. He was active in the Sertoma Club of Port Arthur, Texas, VFW in Shell Knob, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce, where he received the Community Service Award for 2005. He also helped form the Solo's (Society Of Lively Oldsters) in Shell Knob where he was a member, Also, he served as the Oats transportation coordinator, helping many friends get where they wanted and needed to go. He spent time reading to the Head Start school kids in Shell Knob on a monthly basis.

A celebration of life was held in his memory at the Shell Knob Senior Citizens Center where many friends and family celebrated his long productive life. Howard's humor and wit will be missed by all.

Howard's body has been donated to science at the University of Missouri, Columbia following his wishes.

Donations may be made to Shell Knob First Responders, or Haven of the Ozarks. Paid

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