Wallace Slusher

Wallace Eugene Slusher

Thursday, November 4th, 1937 - Monday, April 1st, 2019
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Wallace E. Slusher, age 81, of Salem, Va. went to be with the Lord and his late wife Lorene who passed away in August of 2018, on Monday, April 1, 2019. He was born on Thursday, November 4, 1937, to the late Thurman and Lula Slusher. Wallace was a lifelong resident of the Salem community. He worked for Wilson Trucking, and later owned and operated Spartan Motors. He enjoyed collecting antique cars. Mr. & Mrs. Slusher were members of CommUNITY Church. In addition to his wife, Lorene Farley Slusher, and his parents; he is preceded in death by a brother, Clinton Slusher; and numerous aunts.
He is survived by his son, Donald Slusher; daughter, Becky Slusher Wimmer and husband, Tim; grandchildren, Victoria Akers and husband, Adam, Katie Slusher, Amber Dame, and Kyle Dame; great-grandchildren, Grayson and Parker Akers, and Amelia Dame; brothers, Jerry Slusher and wife, Joyce, and Leon Slusher; one sister, Carolyn Conner and husband, Earl; sister-in-law, Judy Slusher; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; special friends, Frank and Norma Francisco, and the rest of their church family at CommUNITY Church in Salem, Va., and Franz.
A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019, at John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, Va. with Pastor Dan Carawan and Pastor Tom McCracken officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery in Christiansburg, Va.
Friends may visit with the family from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to CommUNITY Church, 1923 E. Main St. Salem, Va. 24153 or to Fort Lewis Volunteer Fire Department: 3915 W Main St, Salem, VA 24153.
The family wishes to thank Pastors, Tom McCracken, Dan Carawan, and Josh Kelly for their kindness and support throughout this difficult time; his sister-in-law, Judy for all of her kindness and care; and all of his wife Lorene’s sisters, for their love all these years.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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    Pastor Dan Carawan
    Pastor Tom McCracken
  • Interment

    Sunset Cemetery
    501 S. Franklin Street
    Christiansburg, VA 24073
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Randy Vaughan

Posted at 09:24pm
My name is Randy Vaughan. I was 17 years old in '71, working at the receiving dock at Sav-a-Stop in Salem when I first met Mr. Slusher. To the guys on the dock, he was always just Wally Gator. He was was simply too easy going to ever have a cross word with anyone. He drove for Wilson Trucking and Sav-a-Stop was his run, meaning he was there almost daily. His claim to fame, other than being a really decent man, was a mint-condition, baby blue ’64 Ford Galaxie, 390 V-8. Not quite old enough to be of my parents' age, he was old enough to be, yes, a friend, but more importantly, a teacher, a mentor. I'm 67 now and Wally Gator remains one of the finest men I have ever known. I am so sorry for your loss.

Curtis & Louise Nester

Posted at 03:39pm
Our condolences to the family of Wallace Slusher. May God be with the family and may his Grace and Compassion comfort you all.
All the members of the Class of 1955 at Floyd High School share your grief in his passing so soon after Lorene went to be with the Lord in August.

Curtis and Louise Nester

Kenya Hawkins

Posted at 11:22am
my condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Slusher . my name is Kenya Hawkins and i was his housekeeper when he was a resident in the rehab at Richfield. He was so sweet and kind as I enjoyed our conversations. He always talked about his loving wife , children and siblings . I will truly cherish him in my heart always. this loss hurts but i know Mr. Wallce is happy and at peace with our Lord , and reuniting with his loving wife whom he adored so much. May he rest in Heavenly peace .

Thomas Widgeon

Posted at 07:02am
Sorry For Your Loss
Jesus Christ Loves Me
We Love You

James Bearden lll

Posted at 06:51am
Hello, when I see someone who went to sleep in death, I try to encourage the family from the bible. When we loose someone we love in death, we feel the sting of death.
In 2 Corinthians 15:26, we see that death is an enemy and will be done away with.
The scriptures gives us hope in John 5:28,29 that those we lost in death, we have a chance to see them again. Our God, Jehovah,(Psalms 83:18) gives us comfort as well.(2 Corinthians 1:3,4.)
He will never give you more than you can bear. Words do bring comfort but the bible heals our hearts. Again I'm sorry for your loss

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