Aubrey Slater, of Mora, died on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at FirstLight Health Systems in Mora. He was 76 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 26th at First Presbyterian Church in Mora.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.
INURNMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Aubrey Henry Slater, of Mora, formerly of Deephaven, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora. He was 76 years old.
Aubrey was born on December 10, 1937 to parents Samuel and Ethelwyn (Bale) Slater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a young child, Aubrey and his family traveled with the Salvation Army ministry, spending time in Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Aubrey attended Mount Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh where he excelled in football and track, graduating in 1956. He continued on to business school at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1956, Aubrey joined the United States Army reserves, and continued to serve for the next 8 years. On June 25, 1960, Aubrey was united in marriage to Thelma Cornelius at the Wolf Creek United Presbyterian Church near Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. The couple purchased their first home in Bethel Park, PA and Aubrey began working for Eazor Express Trucking Company. Aubrey and Thelma were blessed with two children, Bradley and Rhonda while living in Manor, PA. He later took a job with Georgia Pacific and the family moved to Illinois. In the early 1970’s the family moved to Deephaven, Minnesota where Aubrey worked for Fleet Maintenance Inc. and Boyer Ford before retiring. In 1995, Aubrey and Thelma moved to Mora.
Aubrey loved the outdoors; hunting deer and small game; fishing for smallmouth bass and muskies; and tending to their many flower gardens. Aubrey was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mora, serving as an Elder, singing in the choir, and teaching many years of Sunday School. He was also dedicated to the Pilot Outreach Ministry, ministering for many years to individuals in the prison system. Aubrey was an avid reader, enjoying many spiritual and religious books throughout the years. Most of all, Aubrey loved his wife of 54 years, his children and grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by many.
Aubrey is preceded in death by his parents, and brother Griffith Slater.
He is survived by his loving wife, Thelma; children, Bradley Slater (significant other Pauline Krebs) and Rhonda (Doug) Peterson; grandchildren, Jamie Peterson (fiancé Mike Peckham), Brandon Peterson, Blake Peterson, and Lauren Slater; sisters-in-law, Bertha (Alvin) Durnell and Norma (Carl) Rodgers; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church of Mora with Rev. Rick Marcy officiating. Music was provided by D.B. Johnson, Susan ScheerDhein, Joanie Posch, and the First Presbyterian Choir. Honorary Urn Bearers were Aubrey’s four grandchildren. Inurnment was in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.