Sunday, November 20, 2011
June Eleanor Slaton
June is predeceased by her late husband, Col. Duke Slaton (USMC), and her daughter, Cynthia W. Slaton. Her survivors include son, Col. Jim Slaton (USAF) and his wife Patty, son, Tim Slaton, granddaughters, Tracy Crosson and Tricia Williams, and great-grandchildren Jake, Zane, Drew, Ella, and Jack.
June Eleanor Swift was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota on June 23rd, 1919 to James and Vera Zoe Swift. Her father was an auctioneer and automobile salesman. Growing up through the Depression, June’s family moved around, following employment opportunities for her father. They eventually settled in Florida.
As a military wife, June held the family together through numerous military transfers and her husband’s deployments. As part of the “Greatest Generation”, she experienced the Depression as a child, World War II as a young adult supporting the Country’s efforts at home, and the Korean and Viet Nam wars as a mother and the wife of a deployed combat pilot.
Even though frail in body, she was always a light-hearted soul. She could often be caught whistling or humming a favorite tune as she went about duties around the house.
Many people loved her during her long lifetime. She will be missed.