William Slusser, Vietnam veteran, Summers driver

By on March 7, 2012

William F. Slusser, 69, of Stevens, peacefully succumbed to the effects of Agent Orange at home Thursday, March 1, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.

A son of the late Clark and Ethel (Young) Slusser and stepson of the late Gilda Slusser and Ed Kelchner, Bill loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and camping in the mountains of upstate Pennsylvania.

Known as "Billy" growing up, "Slush" at work and "Poppy" to his grandchildren, he enlisted in the Army in 1961 studying as a Nike Hercules missile technician at NATO nuclear warhead school, Oberammergau, Germany. After being stationed at various missile sites, he served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970 as an 11th Black Horse Armored Calvary tank driver. He received a Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal and Gallantry Cross, Army Commendation Medal and a Bronze Star. He has worked for Victor Weaver, Big Dutchman, Woolworth and last, loved driving truck for Summers Trucking. His favorite job was being a husband, father and grandfather.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years: Ruth R. (Cairl) Slusser; children: Sonya Kessler, fiancée of Troy Hawkins; Jim, husband of Colleen (Shadwell) Slusser; Gwendolynn Myers, companion of Timothy Gallaher; William "Pete," husband of Lucie (Hill) Slusser; and Jennifer Slusser; grandchildren: Steven, Jessica, Jamie, Kenneth, Samantha, Michael, Melissa, Rachel, Regina, Gabrielle, Chayla and Alivia; great-grandchildren: Zane, Christian, Noa and an expected great-granddaughter; aunts: Martha Bankus and Mary Sponenberg; sisters: Bertha Hamilton, of Elmira, N.Y.; Connie Reider, of Salisbury, N.C.; Cindy, wife of Tom Gensel, of Berwick; and Deb, wife of Bob Thennis, of Mifflinville; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Predeceasing him were brothers-in-law: Jim Hamilton and Bob Reider; two nephews; and a great-nephew.

Funeral services were held March 6 at Good Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Reamstown. Burial with military honors followed in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Kindly omit flowers. Contributions may be made to 11th ACVVC – Scholarship Fund, c/o Ollie Pickral, 571 Ditchy Road, Kimarnock, VA 22482 or Reamstown Church of God, 400 Pfautz Hill Road, Stevens, PA 17578.

Although Bill is no longer here in person, his family knows he’s in the heavens above looking down upon them. His memory will never fade, as they remember the kind of man he was … a hero, survivor, patriot, loving husband and proud, devoted father and grandfather.

For more information, visit goodfuneral.com.

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