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Leonard Anthony Slowey

Yankton, SD

1934, Ft. Meade/Fechner, 2758, Camp D-Army-1 Ass't Leader

Longtime Port Angeles resident Leonard Slowey went home to his Lord on Sunday, February 13, 2011, of age-related causes. He was 94. Len was born October 11, 1916, in Irene, South Dakota, to George Mader Slowey and Anna Emilia (Medec) Slowey.

He spent his growing years in Yankton, South Dakota. After high school graduation, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and was assigned to the Black Hills near Mount Rushmore.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army, both in the Engineers and the Signal corps.

Mr. Slowey married Ann Nierman in 1947. In 1950, the Sloweys moved to Port Angeles.

While in Port Angeles, Mr. Slowey worked for K&K Grocery. He went to work for Bessey Electric, becoming partner in 1966 and purchasing the company in 1971.

After 53 wonderful years of marriage and life together, Ann passed away in 2001. Len then married Katharine Lewis in 2003. She preceded him in death in 2005.

Len enjoyed family camping, Boy Scouting, working with his hands, playing the harmonica, and traveling.

Len was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Port Angeles and the Knights of Columbus. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He did volunteer work as an outreach minister.

Len is survived by sons Michael L. Slowey Sr. (Nancy), Larry Slowey (Edie), and daughter Rena Peabody (George), all of Port Angeles; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Irving, Art, and Elmer Kaveney; wife Ann of 53 years; wife Katherine; daughter-in-law Bettie Slowey; and grandson Roberty Blaine Slowey.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, SIDS Research, or St. Vincent de Paul.

A rosary was recited at Queen of Angels Church in Port Angeles on Thursday, February 17, 2011. A celebration of life was held Friday, February 18, 2011, also at the church, with Father Mark Staly as the celebrant.

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