Lester I. Sluder, 94, of Dedham, Mass., passed away Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham, Mass.
Born Sept. 21, 1911 in Jasonville, he was the son of Jacob Thomas Sluder and Nell Mae Littell Sluder.
He was a member of the Carter Memorial Methodist Church in Needham.
He formerly taught elementary school in Clay County and at Coalmont High School.
He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, and taught officer engineering school in Memphis, Tenn., and at the Naval Air Technical Training Center on Navy Pier in Chicago, Ill. He wrote "The Airplane Ignition Manuel" which helped many World War II pilots repair their own planes when they had an emergency.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State Teacher's College in Terre Haute, and he received his Master and Doctorate Degrees at Indiana University in Bloomington. He was a professor at Boston University for 28 years where he was president of Delta Pi Epsilon.
Survicors include: his wife Mildred Lorean Deckard Sluder, of Dedham, Mass.; one daughter Nelle Lorean Whittemore of Dedham, Mass.; one brother, Ira Wayne Sluder of Bargersville; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, John Thomas Sluder, also four brothers: Durward, Ernest, Norman and Noah Sluder.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Newkirk's Funeral Home in Dugger, with the Rev. John Booker officiating.
Burial will be in the Peavey Cemetery in Jasonville.