John D. Slabaugh, age 91, of Columbia City, IN, passed away at 10:30 pm on Thursday October 28, 2021, at Majestic Care, New Haven. Born on September 25, 1930, in Plymouth, IN, he was the son of Frances and Alma (Gunterman) Slabaugh.
John attended Marshall County Schools, before serving in the Indiana National Guard, then proudly serving his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He moved to Whitley County in 1968. On August 10, 1984, John married Charlotte Sweeney in Columbia City.
John worked at Schlosser Brothers Creamery, Plymouth, Columbia Dairy, Columbia City, and LML, Columbia City, before retiring in 1992.
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Columbia City, Past Post Commander and 4th District Commander of VFW Post #5582, Columbia City, and a member of American Legion Post #157, Churubusco. John was a founding father of the Whitley County Korean War Veterans.
Survivors include his children Cindy Myers and Debra (Tony) Pesak, both of Plymouth, Scott (Tammy) Slabaugh of North Chesterfield, VA, Kathy (John) Smith of Argos, Jeff (Lori MacQueen) Slabaugh of Clarksville, TN; Step-children Colleen Puckett and Denny Sweeney, both of Albion, Mick (Sandy) Sweeney of Valparaiso; 14 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 7 step-great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; siblings Betty Replogle of Sebring, FLMarilee Dennis of El Paso, TX, Janet (Doug) Hite of Plymouth.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Charlotte Slabaugh, son Rick Slabaugh, grand-daughter April Baker, brother William Loose.
Friends may call on Thursday November 4, 2021, from 4:00-7:00 pm at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Funeral services for John will be held at 10:00 am on Friday November 5, 2021, at the funeral home. The funeral service may also be watch at 10:00 am on Facebook at DeMoney Grimes Live
Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, with Military Rites rendered by the Whitley County Korean War Veterans.
Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to Whitley County Korean War Veterans Military Rites.
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