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Vernon "Bud" Slabaugh, 86, Syracuse, passed away Jan. 18, at his home.
He was born Dec. 29, 1931, in Elkhart County, to Neal and Fannie (Hochstetler) Slabaugh.
On June 30, 1957, he married Bette Mollenhour, who survives.
He was a U.S. Army veteran. He founded Buds Body Shop in 1958 and operated the business until his retirement.
He was a lifelong area resident, wintering in Siesta Key for the last 30 years. He attended the Calvary United Methodist Church as well as the Siesta Key Chapel.
He was a life member of the VFW and a charter member of Maxwelton Golf Club.
Bud is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bette Slabaugh, Syracuse; three sons, Brian (Kathy) Slabaugh, North Webster, Mike (Linda) Slabaugh and Steve (Jeanetta) Slabaugh, both of Syracuse; seven grandchildren, David (Emily) Slabaugh, South Carolina, Cassandra (Brian) Russo, Florida, Doug Slabaugh and Megan (Bill) Dues, both of Leesburg, Jennifer Slabaugh and Benjamin Slabaugh, both of North Webster, and Jered Slabaugh, Syracuse; six great-grandchildren, Piper Kern, Ella Slabaugh, Elliott Russo, Willow Dues, Everly Slabaugh and Amelia Russo; three brothers, Paul (Janet) Slabaugh, Jimtown, Willard (Joy) Slabaugh, Wakarusa, and Jerry (Penny) Slabaugh, Nappanee; four sisters, Rosemary Maust, Goshen, Judy Hochstedler, Nappanee, Shirley (Frank) Shoup, Ohio, and Linda Slabaugh, Elkhart.
He was preceded in death by brother, Levi Slabaugh, and sister, Katherine Lederman.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, Jan. 27, at noon at Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse, with Pastor David Henry officiating. Calling will be two hours prior, from 10 a.m. until noon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Syracuse Fire Department or the Calvary United Methodist Church.
Published on January 23, 2018
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