Donald Slach


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Posted Online: April 28, 2013, 6:21 pm
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Donald Edward Slach, 92, a kind, sweet and respected gentleman, took his special place in heaven beside his beloved late wife, Bernice, on Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Milan, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4thAve., Milan.Visitation will be an hour before services.Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Davenport.Memorials may be made in care of Heartland Hospice, whose knowledge, support and compassion was so appreciated.
Donald was born in West Branch, Iowa, on Oct. 6, 1920, a son of Frank and Verna LaRue Slach. He married Bernice Blocker on March 12, 1949. To this union they had five children, 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He worked at Bradley Tool and Production for more than 20 years before going to work at Reynolds Engineering, retiring in 1982.
Donald was musically gifted, playing piano and accordion by ear at a very early age.He won a talent contest playing his accordion when he was 5 years old.From that time on he entertained family and friends.He could not read musical notes, but if you asked him to play a song (any song), he could.In his earlier years, while living at Langman apartments, he was in a little band.They would sit outside and play their instruments, entertaining fellow neighbors.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving friend, Darleen Dau, Milan; children (and spouses), Susan (Mike) Anthony, Milan, Edward Slach, Milan, Alice (Steve) Doran, East Moline, John (Linda) Slach, Rock Island, and Frank Slach, Davenport; grandchildren, Cheree (Lee), Shannon (Jon), Shawna (Mike), Shane (Amy), Steve (Amber), Stephanie (Marc), Cody, Cory, Casey(Jennifer), Christopher, Donald, Lindsey, John, Lesley (Gil) and Jason; great-grandchildren, Angelo, Isabella, Justin, Jordan, Logan, Hunter, Peyton, Brandy, Abigail, Emmalynn, Rian, Benjamin, Lucas, Matthew, Tyler and Jayden; and sisters, Margaret Barclay, Muscatine, Iowa, and Shirley Zumwaldt, Iowa City, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Bernice, on March 3, 1991; his parents; brothers, Harold and Cecil; and one sister, Joyce.
Our family would like to express our extreme gratitude to our brother, Ed, who made it possible for Dad to stay in his apartment, where he was in a safe and loving environment.His acts of devotion and care provided to Dad never will be forgotten.
Dad, we wish we could hear you sing one more time … Would you like to swing on a star … carry moonbeams home in a jar.Dad, enjoy swinging on that star with Mom.We love and miss you both; when the stars twinkle, we'll know it's you and Mom winking down at us.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.












 



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