William H. Slifer, 91

JUNE 30, 1921-SEPT. 6, 2012

September 08, 2012
  • Slifer

William Howard Slifer, 91, a resident of Homewood Retirement Center in Williamsport, Md., and formerly of Boonsboro, Md., passed from this life Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at the home of his daughter in Falling Waters, W.Va.

Born June 30, 1921, in Locust Grove, Md., he was the son of the late Luther Beard and Orpha May (Grimm) Slifer.

His wife of 62 years, Virginia (Reeder) Slifer, preceded him in death in 2008.

Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II in the European Theater. He was the recipient of a Bronze Star.

He was employed as a bricklayer by various contractors throughout his life, retiring in 1981.

Bill was a member of Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10 in Boonsboro and Bethel United Methodist Church in Rohrersville, Md.

He is survived by his six children and their spouses, Dennis Slifer of Lexington, Va., Ann and the Rev. William A. Herche Jr. of Lothian, Md., Debra and Kirk Karn of Falling Waters, W.Va., Dorothy and Thomas Hammond of Marriottsville, Md., Laura and Tilghman Hemsley of Stevensville, Md., and William H. Slifer II and wife, Susan, of Falling Waters; one sister, Doris Slifer Mehaffey of Hagerstown; two brothers, James Slifer of Boonsboro and Donald Slifer of Hagerstown; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Bill was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Slifer Reeder; and three brothers, Rodney L., John and Paul Slifer.

A memorial service celebrating Bill's life journey will be Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. William A. Herche Jr. will officiate. Final resting-place ceremonies will follow at Boonsboro Cemetery, where military honors will be rendered by Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10 of Boonsboro. Immediately following, the family will receive friends for a time of friendship and fellowship at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle Inc., 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403 or Boonsboro Ambulance & Rescue Service, P.O. Box 7, Boonsboro, MD 21713.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at

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