While stationed with the U.S. Army in West Germany, Joe met Elvira Jakob and they were united in marriage on September 13, 1963, in Fieldkirchen, West Germany. Four children were born to this union. Joe retired from the military after selflessly serving his country for 21 years in a multitude of stateside and overseas assignments, including a tour in the Republic of Vietnam.
Upon retiring in 1981, Joe relocated his family to the Bendavis, Missouri, area. There he owned and operated a successful dairy farm for five years before moving to Mountain Grove in 1986, where he worked as a construction superintendent as well as broker-owner of OK Realty. Joe enjoyed golfing, fishing, reading, working in his yard, tinkering in his garage, meeting his friends for coffee, spending time with his family, and conversing with his favorite pet, Pablo, affectionately known to many as “Bird.”
Joe was actively involved for over 35 years with the Masonic Fraternity, serving the State of Missouri as District #46 Deputy Grand Master, Past Master of Mountain Grove Masonic Lodge #158, secretary and recorder of Royal Arch Chapter #137 and Fidelity Council #35, member of Commandery #66 Knights Templar, member of the Red Cross of Constantine, Past Worthy Patron of Order of Eastern Star Chapter #29, and past member of the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine in Springfield, Missouri. Joe was also a lifetime member and past post commander of Veterans of Foreign War Post #473 in Cabool, Missouri.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Elvira, of 50 years and is survived by two sons, Steven Slater and wife Cynthia of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Timothy Slater and wife Nancy of Ava, Missouri; two daughters, Michelle McCarthy and husband Frank of Bel Air, Maryland, and Renee Alcorn and husband Matt of Willow Springs, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Darin, Joey, Jerred, Jakob, Jeffrey, Keirann, Kylie, Eryn, and Siara; two great-grandchildren, Allyson and Jace; one brother, Jon Slater; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Joe was a kind and caring man, a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Visitation was held on Friday, June 17, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home. Burial will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery at a later date.