John “Jack” Slater

JOHN “JACK” HENRY SLATER, age 83, of rural Rushmore, died Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at his home. He was born October 30, 1937, on the family farm south of Wilmont, to William and Elizabeth (Balster) Slater. He attended Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School.

Jack married LaVonne Johanning on May 23, 1959, at St. Kilian Catholic Church. The couple lived and farmed on the same place Jack was born and lived his entire life.

He was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Wilmont, where he served on the parish council as President; the Calvary Cemetery Board, the church choir; and was the church’s first Eucharistic Minister. Jack was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He served on the Adrian School Board as President; and the Wilmont Booster Club, where as President he was part of the 75th year town celebration. Jack enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, water skiing, woodworking, riding & driving horses and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. Farming was his passion, and he also liked “digging in the dirt”.

Jack is survived by his wife, LaVonne Slater, Rushmore; seven children, Mark (Leslie) Slater, Rushmore; Michael (special friend, Lynn Johnson) Slater, Wilmont; Gary (Teresa) Slater, Rushmore; Natalie (Randy) Reker, Adrian; Kent “Hopper” (Coreen) Slater, Rushmore; Eileen (Kyle) Heitkamp, Excelsior; and Mary (Zarir) Erani, Excelsior; twenty two grandchildren, Libby, Max (Haley), & Marty Slater; Tom Slater, Katy (Kevin) Zogg, Natasha Slater, Nicole (Steve) Kelly, Matthew (Jackie) Slater, Taren, Jordan (Briana), Zach (Shelby), & Tony (Austyn) Reker, Trent, Jenna, Jesse (Megan), & Lexi Slater, Marshall, Hannah & Lincoln Heitkamp, Taeya (John) DeVries, and Rainer & Aiden Erani; seven great-grandchildren, Kinsley & Brooks Slater; Braxton & Lane Reker; Sutton Reker; Colt Slater; & Mara Zogg; a brother-in-law, Edwin (Norma) Johanning, Worthington; and many nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Carl in 1965; and a brother, Victor Slater.

Visitation will be from 4-8 pm Friday, Oct. 22, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, in Wilmont, with Parish Prayers at 4 pm. Visitation also one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Funeral Mass will be 10 am Saturday, Oct. 23, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, in Wilmont, officiated by Monsignor Richard Colletti. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Wilmont.

Dingmann Funeral Home, in Wilmont is in charge of arrangements.